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
EnergyInformation, Society & Culture
Information, Society & CultureEducation & Human Development

Educational Pathways

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.

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.

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 related innovations. Graduate and professional students can participate by taking related courses, joining a project team, serving as a TA for a gateway course, serving as a TA for ISS 240 and engaging in co-curricular experiences.


In addition to project teams, Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture offers semester-long interdisciplinary courses; there are also many related courses of interest.


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

Student Stories

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

Theme Leaders

Bass Connections in Information, Society & Culture is led by Robert Calderbank, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics and Director of the Information Initiative at Duke (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
9 project teams in 2016-17
4 interdisciplinary courses


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