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Nov 11 2013

Experience 17th Century London in the Hunt Library

If it’s not quite time travel, it is the closest to it you will likely experience anytime soon.

More importantly, the Virtual Paul’s Cross installation in the Teaching and Visualization Lab at the James B. Hunt Jr. Library is a prime example of how innovative scholarship can use simulation, display, and audio technologies to invigorate teaching and research as the digital humanities come of age.

Launched on November 5, the Virtual Paul’s Cross project allows us to step into a virtual recreation of the church yard of St Paul’s Cathedral in 1622 as John Donne delivered his famous Gunpowder Plot sermon.

The project is the work of Professor John Wall from the English Department, Professor David Hill of the College of Design, John Schofield, the cathedral archeologist at St. Paul’s, and more than fifty other researchers, artists, and technicians, many of them here at NC State.  Combining the talents of experts in literature, history, design, simulation engines, acoustics, linguistics, and architecture, Virtual Paul’s Cross not only allows us to step back into the past— it presents a great model of the cross-disciplinary work that is becoming a hallmark of research at NC State University.

To ensure that the university community has a chance to enjoy, learn from, and be inspired by the project, Professor Wall will provide demonstrations in the Hunt Library Teaching and Visualization Lab at the following times:

  • Monday November 25, 9-10 a.m.

  • Tuesday November 26, 4-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday December 4, 9-10 a.m.
  • Wednesday December 11, 9-10 a.m.

If you cannot visit in person during these times, please see the News and Observer’s video or visit the project’s website.