Making Data More Human: An Evening with Jer Thorp

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Room 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Reception to follow.

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, August 21, at 9 a.m.

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From graphing an entire year’s news cycle, to mapping the way people share articles online, to the 9/11 Memorial in Manhattan, the cutting-edge visualizations of data artist Jer Thorp help us learn about the ways we use digital technologies, become more empathetic in the data age, and, ultimately, tell the story of our lives. How can understanding the human side of data lead to innovation and change? What value is there in new and interactive approaches to data visualization? And what are the business applications of creative data-focused research? In a talk interweaved with beautiful and moving data-visualization projects, Thorp, the current Innovator-in-Residence at the Library of Congress, will illuminate how adding meaning and narrative to data can help people take control of the information that surrounds them, and transform the way we use data.

Additional Links:
Jer Thorp | Official website, TED Talk, Twitter, Wikipedia

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Curtis Fletcher (Ahmanson Lab and Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study) and Tara McPherson (Cinematic Arts and Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study).

Image: Jer Thorp

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Arts, Lecture / Talk / Workshop, Student Life, Event Highlights


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus




Admission is free. Reservations required.

Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative


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