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Humanities Center

Digital Humanities Series

Daniel Veidlinger: “In Other Words: Exploring Gender Bias in Top Collegiate Entrepreneurship Programs”

Wednesday, November 4, 5:30-6:30 PM 

ZOOM Meeting ID: 986 1982 0803 | Passcode: 549197

Daniel Veidlinger

The topic of women’s entrepreneurship has become increasingly mainstream as we come to terms with the ramifications of gender discrimination. For instance, female entrepreneurs snagged only 2% of all venture capital money in recent years. This talk will discuss the sometimes surprising results of examining the language used on the websites of top college Business programs in Entrepreneurship. My team utilized several different computerized textual analysis methods to explore whether the language skews more feminine or masculine, and we also examined the different kinds of words that occurred near masculine and feminine pronouns, to get a sense of whether certain stereotypical views of the qualities of men and women were being perhaps unwittingly replicated in the shape of the language on these program websites. College websites are generally the first point of contact for potential students, and therefore it is crucial to understand how subtle language patterns might influence people’s attitudes towards the program.

Daniel Veidlinger is Chair of the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University, Chico. He is the author of From Indra’s Net to Internet: Communication, Technology and the Evolution of Buddhist Ideas (2018) as well as the editor of Digital Humanities and Buddhism: An Introduction (2019). He also serves on the editorial board of Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism and has authored many articles on Buddhism and Media Technologies. He has been using the R statistical programming language to analyze word usage and patterns in texts for several years.

This talk is co-sponsored by  meriam library

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.