Event on campus Incentive Grants Speaker Series

Day of DH @ Fall Academy 2016

With the fall semester looming, the W&L campus is abuzz with preparations, including the annual Fall Academy. Two weeks of workshops on technology and pedagogy help faculty and staff get up to speed for the new academic year. We have chosen August 31st as our “Day of DH” – a chance to hear from our colleagues and guests about their DH course projects and methods. Don’t forget to register!

10-10:15am The Mellon Grant and You!
Come hear about the $800,000 Mellon Digital Humanities Grant and learn about new ways to fund your innovative teaching ideas, conference travel, research and undergraduate research assistants, as well as graduate student teaching support from UVa.
10:30-11:30am Incentive Grant Winners Panel
Owen Collins, Holly Pickett, Laura Brodie, and Claudette Artwick will discuss the nature of their projects, how the projects were structured, and what the outcomes were.
11:45am-1:30pm Writing: A Digital Humanity
The history of writing is intertwined with the history of it as technology, and its history as a humanity is intertwined with that of rhetoric and literature. Patricia Suzanne Sullivan and James P. Ascher offer a range of a easily adoptable assignments and activities to prompt experimentation, exploration, and reflection on writing as a technology in first-year (and other) writing courses.
Event on campus Speaker Series

Diane Jakacki to speak March 29

Time for a another Speaker Series event!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Hillel 101
Lunch provided. Please register.

Diane Jakacki

There Is No Spoon: Overcoming the Digital Pedagogy Imposter Syndrome

As Digital Humanities finds strong roots across the curriculum, even instructors who have used sophisticated DH methods in their research worry about how to successfully incorporate DH assignments into course design. How do we experiment with new methods in our classrooms? How do we balance subject learning goals with those related to digital literacy? How do we evaluate and assess new types of assignments in line with those that seem more traditional? How do we maintain our confidence in the classroom when we’re not necessarily feeling so confident? How do we use DH tools and methods to find new ways to engage with our students without making ourselves crazy?

Diane Jakacki
Diane Jakacki is Digital Scholarship Coordinator and Affiliated Teaching Faculty in the Comparative Humanities program at Bucknell University, where she explores and institutes ways in which Digital Humanities tools and methodologies can be leveraged in a small liberal arts environment. Her research specialties include digital humanities – particularly spatial analysis through text, early modern British literature and drama, and the ways in which pedagogy can be transformed by means of digital interventions. She is an assistant director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, Program Chair for the DH 2017 international conference, Technical Editor for the Internet Shakespeare Editions, a member of the Executive Board of the Records of Early English Drama and the pedagogical advisory board for Map of Early Modern London project. She has published widely on digital humanities pedagogy as well as on the intersection of DH and early modern studies.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

DH Event on campus Speaker Series

Day of DH @ Winter Academy 2015 featuring Amanda French

It’s that time again! This year’s Day of DH will be December 16, 2015. Don’t forget to register. All events will be held in Hillel 101.

9:15-10:15am How Did They Do That?: Team Teaching and Telling Stories

Journalism Professor Toni Locy and Librarian Jeff Barry will discuss their approach in teaching a course on multimedia storytelling design that attracted journalism, politics, history, English and mass communications majors who wanted to learn how to use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to tell compelling, interactive stories that are on the cutting edge of news and communications today. Students utilized basic web design and programming skills to envision and execute online narratives through the interplay of words, images, sound and video that they gathered in reporting the story of W&L’s decision to move juniors back on campus.
11am-12pm DH Medley: Entry-Level Digital Pedagogy Panel
Were you inspired by Quinn Warnick’s charge to try “one new thing” during Fall Academy? A panel of three faculty members will share their experiences adding a taste of DH to their courses. Mikki Brock, Assistant Professor of History, will discuss her use of TimelineJS to inform a traditional writing assignment. Caleb Dance, Assistant Professor of Classics, will discuss the annotation tool “nb” and its success in his Latin prose class. Stephanie Stillo, Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow, will discuss her incorporation of a UVa graduate student to introduce DH to a first-year seminar.
12:15-1:45pm Annotating and Writing about Online Text, Images, Audio, and Video: Introduction to and Scalar led by Amanda French
This workshop will be led by Amanda French, Director of Digital Research Services at Virginia Tech University Libraries.
The web is full of content that scholars would like to comment on, write about, and incorporate into multimedia-rich online essays. Rather than trying to describe what happens in a particular video with words only in a print-only essay, wouldn’t it be better to incorporate comments into an existing film clip, then embed that film clip into a longer essay where it can be compared to other clips, audio snippets, images, and even scholarly articles? Hypothesis is a free annotation tool that lets you highlight and comment on any web page: your annotations and highlights can be private to just yourself, shared to a select group, or entirely public. Scalar is a free multimedia authoring tool that allows you easily to create media-rich online books that can themselves have annotations enabled by default. Both tools have been created by and for humanities scholars who are particularly interested in challenging subordination, hierarchy, and linearity on the web by enabling interpretive commentary on existing web content. This workshop will show some examples of and Scalar uses in teaching and research, will define terms and demonstrate key features of both tools, and will give you hands-on in-class exercises that will let you practice working with both tools to create useful and interesting digital scholarship.

Before the workshop, if you can, please create an account for at and install the bookmarklet in your browser of choice, then create an create an account for Scalar at Please do bring a laptop (NOT a tablet).

Event on campus Speaker Series

Jon Eastwood to speak on November 12

We are happy to have our own Jon Eastwood for our next DH Speaker Series lunchtime workshop.

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Hillel 101
Lunch provided. Please register.

Reflections On Teaching Neighborhoods, Culture, and Poverty with a DH Component

Jon Eastwood
Laurent Boetsch Term Associate Professor of Sociology

Jon will discuss what worked well in his Neighborhoods, Culture, and Poverty course in Winter 2015, what didn’t work so well, and what he plans for version 2.0 next semester.

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Jen Boyle to speak on October 6 [rescheduled for October 8]

** UPDATE **
Due to inclement weather, Jen Boyle’s talk has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 8. Same time but the location has changed to the IQ Center.

In collaboration with the English Department, we’re pleased to announce the next event in our speaker series:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Hillel 101
Lunch provided. Please register. Bring a laptop!

The Untimely Potential of the Digital Humanities

Jen Boyle | website
Associate Professor of English and New Media
Director, Digital Culture and Design, Coastal Carolina University

An immersive interface that offers a virtual tour through the streets of seventeenth-century
France; a chat forum that allows protesters on the ground in Tunisia to transmit immediate
reports to a journalist in New York; a locative phone app that can generate a turn-of-the-century
image of the lobby of the Mandarin Hotel while you are moving through the space in real time.
What all of these examples have in common is their ability to skew and remediate temporal
experience through a digital or virtual environment. This talk explores the possibility that these
environments offer far more possibilities than simply startling encounters with the actual and the
virtual. How can alternative modalities of time and temporality allow us to see a more
challenging set of issues at play in these digital remediations of time? What do such alternative
frameworks tell us about digital bodily time, a timeframe now actively positioned between pastpresent-future?

The second half of the workshop will allow for some hands-on experimentation with accessible
digital tools.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Dean of the College Cohort Grant. Co-sponsored by the English Department.

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Tom Keegan to speak on September 21

We are pleased to announce a second University of Iowa guest speaker this month.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Alumni House
Lunch provided. Please register.

tom keegan

Participatory Archives: Collections to Classrooms and Communities

Tom Keegan
Head, Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio
The University of Iowa Libraries

This talk highlights new developments in the University of Iowa Libraries’ DIY History initiative. Begun nearly five years ago as a public, crowdsourcing project to transcribe the UI Libraries’ Civil War manuscript archives, DIY History has grown into a robust participatory archives platform that engages students, scholars, and the public. With new projects that address the Libraries’ Hevelin fanzine collection, the Keith Albee vaudeville collection, and a cache of 105,000 athletics slides from the UI’s Center for Media Production, DIY History continues to grow in interesting ways. Tom Keegan will discuss how and why the Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio takes on these projects as well as the ways in which participatory archives are making their way into undergraduate classrooms at Iowa.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Dean of the College Cohort Grant.

Event on campus Speaker Series

Sarah Bond to speak on September 18

Join us for the first Mellon DH Speaker Series event of the new school year!

Friday, September 18, 2015
Main Meeting Room
2 S. Main St. in the Old Courthouse

Spatial Humanities: The Final Frontier?

Sarah E. Bond
Department of Classics
University of Iowa

This talk delves into the exploration, application, and utility of the spatial humanities within digital humanities projects both at the University of Iowa and elsewhere in the DH universe. The subfield of spatial humanities often applies geographic information systems (GIS) to data in order to analyze, visualize, and (re)interpret it. However, such an approach presents a number of core questions for both developers and users to answer: How can the use of GIS enhance projects? What tools are out there? Can it help us to pose and answer new questions? How can it work in tandem with other network visualization and data analysis tools? While this talk may not answer each of these questions definitively, it will come very close. In the process, we will look at a number of examples of digital projects focused on the ancient Mediterranean.

Sarah Bond is an assistant professor in the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa. Professor Bond is a digital humanist and teaches courses on Roman Civilization, Late Antique Latin, Latin historiography, Roman history, and Greek and Latin epigraphy. Her research focuses primarily on Roman law, commerce, marginal peoples, and the formation of voluntary associations during the period called Late Antiquity (200-700 CE). She works extensively with material culture to reconstruct the lives of “ordinary” working Romans (cf. the picture to your right, where she learned about tanning hides), and is currently finishing a book for the University of Michigan Press on unseemly tradesmen in the Roman Mediterranean (45 BCE-565 CE). Professor Bond holds a a B.A. in Classics and History with a Classical Archaeology minor from the University of Virginia and a, M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perhaps most importantly, she was a Mellon Junior Faculty Fellow in Classics and History at Washington and Lee University during the 2011-12 academic year.

This program is made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Dean of the College Cohort Grant.

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Day of DH at Fall Academy 2015

Join us for another “Day of DH” at Fall Academy 2015. Events will kick off at 10am on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015.


10am-11am Mellon and You
Learn about the opportunities available during our 4 year Mellon-funded DH grant.
11am-12pm DH Studio: Scholarly Text Encoding
Follow up with Stephen McCormick (Assistant Professor of French) and Mackenzie Brooks (Assistant Professor and Digital Humanities Librarian) as they share their experiences with the first DH Studio.
12pm-1:25pm Quinn Warnick – “Using Digital Technology in Writing Assignments”
Quinn Warnick is an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric in the Department of English at Virginia Tech, where he also co-directs the Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities. Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, he taught at St. Edward’s University, where he piloted an electronic portfolio system for humanities students to archive and showcase their “born digital” work. Dr. Warnick’s research focuses on identity and credibility in online communities, and he is currently studying the social and technical strategies used by community managers to foster productive, civil discourse on the internet. He teaches courses in digital humanities, web development, and rhetoric in digital environments. Co-sponsored by the Writing Program.
2pm-3pm Incentive Grant Recipients Panel
The recipients of the 2014-2015 Digital Humanities Incentive Grants will discuss the nature of their projects, how the projects were structured, and what the outcomes were. Join us for an interesting variety of Digital Humanities projects, ideas, and discussion.

Presenters: Joel Blecher, Religion; Genelle Gertz, English; Christa Bowden, Art and Art HIstory; Jon Eastwood, Sociology and Anthropology.

3:30pm-5pm ITS & Library Mixer for Faculty and Staff
Attend the ITS & library reception for a fun and informative kick-off to the academic year. Meet the librarians and ITS staff and learn about our many resources and services. A wide variety of refreshments will be served. Eat, drink, and be merry with us!
This event will take place on the main level of Leyburn Library.
Event on campus Speaker Series

Charlotte Roueché speaks Wed. April 29

Event on campus Speaker Series

Gabriel Dance to Speak on Friday, 3/20/2015

In the next digital humanities workshop we will hear from Gabriel Dance, a journalist and editor working at the cutting edge of news. Based in New York City, Gabriel helped launch the Guardian US, building a graphics team that garnered awards and recognition for interactive storytelling. He was part of a group of journalists who won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for coverage of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency. His work has also won two Emmy awards for New Approaches to News and Documentary, an Alfred L. DuPont award, a World Press Photo award, and several others. Gabriel is currently a managing editor at The Marshall Project, a non-profit investigative journalism startup focusing on crime and punishment in the United States. Check out: The luncheon is at 12:15 on Friday, March 20, 2015 in the IQ Center; you can sign up at