The DHRX is a cross-campus faculty research network designed to highlight innovative, digitally-focused academic work at the University of Pittsburgh. Bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, the network is dedicated to exploring the creative use of digital technologies in humanities and social science research.

Currently, a major goal of the DHRX is to help build community. The members of the network are frequently in contact with one another and the group meets as a whole once per semester to discuss issues and challenges specific to digital making.

We are enthusiastic about the ways that digital technology can expand, reconfigure, and enrich our understanding of the relationship between academic inquiry and the social world.

For further information or to find out more about joining the network, please feel free to contact Alison Langmead, Principal Contact for the DHRX at

Upcoming PGH|DH (Pittsburgh Digital Humanities) Events (Click here for full calendar)

Seth Lazar Talk - Why Should We Care About Explainable Systems? Perspectives from Moral and Political Philosophy
Starts: October 21, 2019, 4:30 pm
Ends: October 21, 2019, 6:00 pm
Description: Monday, October 21, 2019
Seth Lazar, School of Philosophy, Australian National University
Title: Why Should We Care About Explainable Systems? Perspectives from Moral and Political Philosophy
Talk Location: Hamburg Hall A301, 4:30 - 6:00pm
Abstract: Computer scientists, lawyers, and STS scholars have devoted much attention to the problem of inscrutability in AI systems (especially those relying on machine learning). Computer scientists have developed novel methods for explaining the outputs of AI systems; lawyers have debated whether European law provides for a 'right to explanation'; STS scholars have described the prevalence of unexplainable AI systems, and proposed institutional models for how to respond to them. Moral and political philosophers are late to the party. But there is work for us to do: while there is a widespread sense of the 'intuitive appeal' of explainable systems, relatively little time has been spent figuring out just what grounds that intuitive appeal. A rich and systematic account of the role of explanations in our moral and political lives may help us better decide what counts as a good explanation, and how to trade off the value of explanations against other things that matter. In this paper, I make a start on that project, using the tools of moral and political philosophy to give an account of the value of explanations.
This talk is being offered by: K&L Gates Endowment for Ethics & Computational Technologies, Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy
Gerrymandering Series Event with Draw the Lines PA - Sorrells Den
Starts: October 22, 2019, 3:00 pm
Ends: October 22, 2019, 6:00 pm
Location: Carnegie Mellon University - Sorrells Engineering and Science Library, 4400 Wean Hall #4, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Description: What choices go into making a gerrymandered map?
Do you think you could make better choices and a better map?
Do you want to learn how?

dSHARP is excited to bring Rachel Colker from Draw the Lines PA to discuss gerrymandering, its effects, as well as show us how to build our own district maps!

Whether you’re a map geek or have never worked with mapping software before, this will be a great opportunity for you to grow your skills, learn, and make a difference.

Rachel Colker is the Western PA Coordinator at Draw the Lines PA, a statewide civic education and engagement initiative for Pennsylvanians to draw election maps. Its goal is to help Pennsylvanians of all ages learn about and connect with the issue of political redistricting and gerrymandering.

You are encouraged, but not required to register for the event. (
Sawyer Seminar Public Talk: Mario Khreiche
Starts: October 24, 2019, 4:00 pm
Ends: October 24, 2019, 5:00 pm
Location: 3703 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: "Revisiting the Automation Debate in the Digital Age"