The Re:Enlightenment Project

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September 2009

The Re:Enlightenment Project brings knowledge of the past to bear upon change in the present. Its initiatives constitute a research laboratory for the collaborative analysis, use, and invention of new—and newly remediated—instruments for knowing the world. The Project is itself such an instrument—an effort to change knowledge by changing associational practices. In a new collaboration, New York University and the New York Public Library have formed the nexus of a consortium of institutions that share a compelling interest in current transformations of knowledge. Libraries, museums, foundations, and corporations are, like universities, under increasing pressure not only to understand those changes but to participate actively in shaping them. The Project facilitates that activity by pursuing initiatives that connect investigators in New York City with each other and with colleagues at linked institutions—including Cambridge University and the University of California, Santa Barbara—across the globe.

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