Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel started with a question: Why do English speakers use the word 'drove' when 'drived'—with the common -ed past-tense ending—is consistent with the rules of the language? What followed was a new way of looking at human culture: culturomics.
Using data to track cultural changes, Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture explores the history of the word 'chortle' and the fame of Bill Clinton by tracking the most frequently mentioned names in any given time period, among other things.
The authors believe that by seeing how words evolve and when words or cultural references appear and disappear from the common memory, we can begin to study human culture and how or why it changes in fascinating new ways.
Culturomics: Unlocking Culture with Raw Data, Thu, January 23, 7:30pm, The Pub at Town Hall, 1119 Eighth Ave, $5.
Tough Guise 2
Men and boys in America are overwhelmingly the perpetrators of violence, from mass shootings to domestic violence to bullying. Jackson Katz, an anti-sexist male activist (his term) and author, argues that this problem has developed from a society built on extremely outdated standards of manhood and masculinity.
Katz, the creator of Tough Guise 2 (the 2013 update of 2000's Tough Guise), is the director of the first worldwide sexual violence prevention program in the US Marine Corps and the co-founder of the Mentors in Violence Prevention Program, which works toward eliminating sexual violence among college and professional athletes.
Screen the documentary and stay after for a discussion on how American masculinity is in desperate need of a revolution.
Tough Guise 2, Fri, January 24, 7–9:30pm, 5019 Keystone Place N, free (donations accepted).
National Seed Swap Day
The King County Seed Lending Library is hosting its first swap.
Swapping seeds from local plants and successful yields can contribute to our region's diverse and bountiful plant life. Join the workshop, hosted by the KCSL director Caitlin Moore, to learn how to save your own seeds.
Already a smart gardener? Bring some of your seeds to contribute to the swap.
National Seed Swap Day, Sat, January 25, Good Shepherd Center, Room 202, 4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, free (seeds encouraged but not required to participate)
Eat for Equity
Eat for Equity—an organization that raises money for causes such as health, disaster relief, education, development, and the environment—is hosting a dinner to support the ROOTS Young Adult Shelter.
Located in the U-District, ROOTS offers shelter and food for Seattle's far-too-many homeless youth.
Eat for Equity January, Sat, January 25, 7pm, 4338 Latona Ave NE, free (donations encouraged).
Advance Notice for January 29
Empower Happy Hour
Looking to solve the problems of climate change and economic inequality while imbibing your favorite cocktail or beer? Look no further than Empower Happy Hour, a new monthly series sponsored by Green Canopy and Climate Solutions.
Swing by Elysian Fields Brewing to discuss this month's question: How can clean energy gain broad support as an engine of shared prosperity and sustainable economic opportunity? The first $200 in drinks are on Green Canopy, so get there early.
Empower Happy Hour, Wed, January 29, 5:30–7:30pm, Elysian Fields Brewing, 542 First Ave S, free
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