Penn Libraries Text Analysis Learning Community

WORD LAB is a learning group at Penn Libraries focused on text analysis in all disciplines. Unless noted otherwise on the schedule below, we meet every Thursday 12-1:30pm in 526 Van Pelt (East Asian Seminar Room, fifth floor).

We have a rotating schedule:


  • Sep 13, 2018: Ashley Liu, Penn EALC (on Encyclopedia Humanities progress)
  • Sep 20, 2018 TIME CHANGE to 1-2:30pm: Molly Des Jardin, Penn Libraries (on corpus building)
  • Sep 27, 2018: Read & discuss Katherine Bode's "The Equivalence of 'Close' and 'Distant' Reading; or, Toward a New Object for Data-Rich Literary History" (MLQ 78:1 (March 2017), p. 77-106)
  • Oct 4, 2018: Read & discuss Denis Tenen's "Towards a Computational Archaeology of Fictional Space" (New Literary History 49, no. 1 (2018))
  • Oct 11, 2019 TIME CHANGE to 1-2:30pm: Read & discuss Simon DeDeo's "sprezzatura, PageRank, and the recursive cool" (2017)
  • Oct 18, 2018 TIME CHANGE to 1-2:30pm: Toshiki Kawashima, Penn History (on "Transl(iter)ating Within a Language: Writing Systems and Diction in Modern Japanese")
  • Oct 25, 2018: Read & discuss Brian Lennon's "Machine Translation: A Tale of Two Cultures" (in A Companion to Translation Studies, first edition, ed. Sandra Bermann & Catherine Porter (John Wiley & Sons, 2014)
  • Nov 1, 2018: Machine Translation Redux -- Microsoft's "Achieving Human Parity on Automatic Chinese to English News Translation" (2018) and Google's "Moving Beyond Translation with the Universal Transformer" (2018)
  • Nov 8, 2018: Lindsay Van Tine
  • Nov 15, 2018: Marcus Bingenheimer, Temple University (on "Who was 'Central' in the History of Chinese Buddhism? – A Social Network Approach")
  • Nov 29, 2018 TIME CHANGE to 1:30-3pm: Jeffrey Tharsen, University of Chicago (on "Digital Humanities approaches to phonetic, semantic and syntactic pattern detection in premodern texts") (virtually)
  • Dec 6, 2018: Hoyt Long, University of Chicago (virtually)
  • Dec 13, 2018: Heather Froehlich, Penn State

We will NOT MEET after Dec 13 due to Penn's winter break, and will resume meeting in Jan 2019. See the EXPERIMENTS page for previous events and readings!

For more information or to join our mailing list, please email Scott Enderle at University of Pennsylvania Libraries.