Jeffrey T. Schnapp, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature
Director, metaLAB (at) Harvard
Director, Berkman Center for Internet & Society
"Built out of Bits and Books (Dreaming the Library)"
Jeffrey T. Schnapp is Professor of Romance Languages & Literature and Comparative Literature, and on the teaching faculty in the Department of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He is the faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard http://metalab.harvard.edu/ and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. A cultural historian with research interests extending from antiquity to the present, his most recent books are, with Adam Michaels, The Electric Information Age Book (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012); an anthology of essays on 20th century Italian literature, design, and architecture entitled Modernitalia (Peter Lang, 2012); Digital_Humanities (MIT Press, 2012), co-written with Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, and Todd Presner; and The Library Beyond the Book (Harvard University Press, 2014), an experimental book co-authored with Matthew Battles that explores future scenarios for libraries in the digital age. His work in the domains of design, digital arts and humanities, and curatorial practice includes collaborations with the Triennale di Milano, the Cantor Center for the Visual Arts, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Canadian Center for Architecture. His Trento Tunnels project—a 6000 sq. meter pair of highway tunnels in Northern Italy repurposed as a history museum—was featured in the Italian pavilion of the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture and at the MAXXI in Rome in RE-CYCLE. Strategie per la casa la città e il pianeta (fall-winter 2011). Panorama of the Cold War, a collaboration with Elisabetta Terragni (Studio Terragni Architetti) and Daniele Ledda (XY comm), was exhibited in the Albanian Pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture and is currently on exhibit in Erasmus Effect – Architetti italiani all’estero / Italian Architects Abroad at the MAXXI in Rome (Dec. 2013-April 2014). He also served as chief consulting curator for BZ ’18-’45, a documentation center built under Marcello Piacentini’s Monument to Victory in Bolzano/Bozen open to the public since July 2014.
Lecture: Wells Library, Scholars Commons, Hazelbaker Hall (E159)