Information, Society & Culture

Information, Society & CultureAccess to unprecedented amounts of information is creating new opportunities for Duke students and faculty, working together in multidisciplinary teams, to actively engage with and to change the world around them. At the same time, the unprecedented availability of personal information published by smartphones, web browsers and social media is exposing society to new risks.

Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture combines coursework, co-curricular experiences and integrated project teams to explore the evolution of society and culture through the lens of information, using the latest computational methods to understand society’s most pressing problems in new and creative ways.

Project Teams

Information, Society & Culture
Energy & EnvironmentInformation, Society & Culture
Information, Society & CultureEducation & Human Development
Information, Society & CultureEnergy & Environment

Educational Pathways


In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses.

Summer Program

Data+ is a ten-week summer research experience for undergraduates and graduate student mentors interested in exploring new data-driven approaches to interdisciplinary challenges. Students join small project teams and learn how to marshal, analyze and visualize data, while gaining broad exposure to the modern world of data science.


The Information Science + Studies undergraduate certificate program offers an interdisciplinary approach to study the nature of information and its impact on art, culture, science, commerce, society and the environment. ISS helps students fill the gap between current academic training and the increasing demand in many professions for a broad understanding of the legal, social, philosophical, computational and aesthetic issues concerning information technology and other innovations.

Graduate Student Opportunity

Data Expeditions are elements of undergraduate courses that introduce students to exploratory data analysis. Pairs of graduate students, often from different disciplines, work with the course instructor to formulate a question that will engage the students, and a pathway through a dataset that will provide insight.


Receive individualized guidance on how to incorporate Bass Connections into your Duke experience.

Student Stories

Check out students’ experiences in Information, Society & Culture.

Theme Leadership

The Information Initiative at Duke (iiD) runs the Information, Society & Culture theme, which is led by Robert Calderbank, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics and Director of iiD, and Victoria Szabo, Associate Research Professor of Art, Art History and Visual Studies.

At a Glance

Exploring the evolution of society and culture through the lens of data
16 project teams in 2017-18
7 interdisciplinary courses


Nov 28
Barak Richman

This is the final public lecture in the Network Analysis and Social Policy series hosted by the Networks of Cooperation and Conflict in the Middle East Bass Connections team.

Apr 18

The second annual showcase event will feature talks, posters, awards and a reception. Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what these research teams of faculty, grad students, undergrads and community partners have accomplished this year.