DAIS Speakers

Data, Archives, and Information in Society

ARC sponsors and coordinates an annual speaker series titled Data, Archives, and Information in Society, or DAIS. Each year we invite speakers whose work advances understanding in topics related to archives, digital curation, and data, as it is understood and critiqued within the context of information environments and social concerns. 

Additional speakers, dates, and talk information will be updated as information becomes available! 

Winter 2024

Jarrett Drake 

Harvard University 

DAIS talk on March 26, 2024; details page. We gratefully acknowledge additional financial support for this talk, which was provided by the U-M Museum Studies Program.

Jarrett Martin Drake is an educator, ethnographer and organizer who is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at Harvard University. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, Drake obtained a BA in history and an MS in information science with a concentration in archives from the University of Michigan School of Information, during and after which he worked as an archivist and librarian in multiple institutional and non-institutional contexts, most meaningfully with A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland. Drake was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, where he graduated from The Benjamin Banneker Achievement Center.

Emily Drabinski

Queens (NY) University, President of the American Library Association (2023-2024)

DAIS talk on February 6, 2022; details page; media feature; video of talk. We gratefully acknowledge additional financial support for this talk, which was provided by the William W. Bishop Fund. 

Emily Drabinski is associate professor in the Queens (NY) College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. She serves as 2023-2024 president of the American Library Association. 

Fall 2023

Photo of Beth Patin and information about her DAIS talk on December 7, with a logo for UMSI

Beth Patin

Syracuse University

DAIS talk on December 7, 2023; details page; YouTube recording

Beth Patin is an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. Her research, teaching, and service all center information justice and equity, by investigating epistemicide and epistemic justice, community resilience and crisis informatics and cultural responsiveness in an effort to work towards a more just community. Currently, she is working on projects about epistemicide (the silencing, killing, or devaluing of knowledge systems) and digital humanities and the Civil Rights Movement. 

Graphic advertising "Archvies and Struggle" DAIS talk, headshots of two smiling people at the left over a purple background and a UMSI logo

André Odendaal and Anthea Josias

University of the Western Cape & University of Michigan

DAIS talk on November 17, 2023; details page

André Odendaal is the vice-chancellor’s writer-in-residence and an honorary professor in history and heritage studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). He received his first degrees from Stellenbosch University and his PhD from Cambridge University. Thereafter, he spent 13 years at the University of the Western Cape, where he started and directed the pioneering Mayibuye Center for History and Culture in South Africa, with its large multi-media archive on apartheid and the liberation struggle. Here he launched the Mayibuye History and Literature Series and, as joint series editor, oversaw the publication of 85 books on South African history (including the re-issuing of many titles of the previously banned International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa). 

Anthea Josias, PhD, is a lecturer at the University of Michigan School of Information, where she teaches courses in preservation, program assessment and data science. Formerly, she was the archives and collections manager at the Mayibuye Center and the Robben Island Museum. 

Diana Marsh

University of Maryland

DAIS talk on November 10, 2023; details page; YouTube recording

Diana E. Marsh is an assistant professor of archives and digital curation at the University of Maryland’s College of Information Studies (iSchool) who investigates how heritage institutions communicate with the public and communities. Her current research focuses on improving discovery and access to colonially-held archives for Native American and Indigenous communities. Previously, she completed her PhD in anthropology (museum anthropology) at the University of British Columbia, an MPhil in social anthropology with a museums and heritage focus at the University of Cambridge in 2010, and a BFA in visual arts and photography at the Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University in 2009. Her recent work has appeared in JASIST, The American Archivist, Archival Science, and Archivaria, and her book, From Extinct Monsters to Deep Time: Conflict, Compromise, and the Making of Smithsonian’s Fossil Halls was released in paperback with Berghahn Books in fall 2022. 

Gracen Brilmyer

McGill University

DAIS talk on October 13, 2023; details page

Gracen Brilmyer (they/them) is a Disabled researcher working at the intersection of feminist disability studies and archival studies. Their work investigates the erasure of disabled people in archives primarily within the history of natural history museums and colonial histories as well as how disabled people experience themselves in archival material. They are currently assistant professor at McGill University and director of the Disability Archives Lab. Find a bibliography for Dr. Brilmyer's seminar talk at http://disabilityarchiveslab.com/crippingabsence

Winter 2023

J. J. Ghaddar, PhD

Dalhousie University

DAIS talk on April 18, 2023; details page

Dr. J.J. Ghaddar is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University in Kjipuktuk, Miꞌkmaꞌki, the homeland of the Mi'kmaq also known as Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She recently completed a Government of Canada SSHRC-funded postdoctoral fellowship working with Raymond Frogner (National Center for Truth & Reconciliation) and Dr. Greg Bak (History Department) at the University of Manitoba. Ghaddar holds a PhD from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, where she completed a Master of Information. Her work has appeared in premier journals and publications, including Archival Science (2020; 2016); Library Quarterly (2017); and Archivaria (2016).

Jean-Damascène Gasanabo, PhD

Former Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide at the Rwanda National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG)

DAIS talks on March 9-10, 2023; details page

With a PhD in education from the University of Geneva, I have substantial experience working with the United Nations, international non-governmental organizations, non-profit organizations, and governments on projects related to equitable and sustainable education curricula. As the Director General of the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide at the Rwanda National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG), I managed and led research projects as well as designed, implemented, monitored, and assessed projects related to the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Wendy Duff

Professor and Dean, University of Toronto Faculty of Information

DAIS talk November 4, 2022

"Supporting Researchers Investigating Difficult Histories: A Relationship-Based Access System"

Wendy Duff is a professor and Dean in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses in the areas of archival access and community archives. Her research and publications have focused on archival access, archives and social justice,  and archival users. In her current research she is exploring the emotional impact of archival work.