Category Archives: Events

Photo Exhibit Tonight and Tomorrow

Want a break from your homework? Looking for something interesting to do this weekend that would give you some interesting perspective on our course? Consider attending either the reception or the gallery talk for this photo exhibit on antebellum slave plantation homes in East Texas. If you are able to make it and want to write a comment on this post about what you saw and heard, I am willing to add two extra credit points to one of your grades from Homeworks 1 to 3.

Next Up: Sharon Leon

Our final meeting of the year will be this Thursday with Sharon Leon, who blogs at [bracket] and tweets at @sleonchnm. The plan is to meet for dinner at 6:30, after which we will have a hands-on workshop with Sharon at 7:30 p.m. in Sewall 133. Sharon will also be giving a public talk on Friday at noon in Huma 328.

Next Up: DH Workshop

Next week we have a very special event on campus: a three-day workshop on various topics having to do with Digitization in the Humanities. I encourage you register to attend at least one of the six sessions, each of which will consist of a two-hour how-to tutorial followed by a one-hour open lab. You must RSVP!!

Grad Student Roundtable on Digital Humanities

Last night, Cameron Blevins, Jeri Wieringa, and Annie Swafford (left to right in the video above) joined us for a fantastic Google Hangout about their experiences as grad students in the digital humanities and digital history. Please post your reactions and follow-up comments here!

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Up Next: Video Chat

Next Thursday, we will be having dinner together, followed by a video conference with several special guests. Click below to find out more about them!

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History Department Brown Bag

This Monday there will be a digital history related “brown bag” lecture in the History Department. Our speaker will be Lauren Lippiello on “Innovations: The Origins of Ancient Egyptian History and Digital Technology.” Background readings are available upon request from Professor Mody, but you don’t have to read anything to come. The “brown bag” is at noon this Monday in Humanities 327.

Up Next: Natalie Houston and Neal Audenaert

Don’t forget that we will be having our first meeting of the semester this Friday at 5:30 in Keck Hall, Room 101 (the building with Valhalla). Dinner will be provided for everyone at the beginning.

Our guests for the workshop this Friday afternoon are Natalie Houston and Neal Audenaert. They have received a start-up grant from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities to build a program they are calling The Visual Page.

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Up Next: Jo Guldi

Our next speaker Jo Guldi will be here next Thursday for a talk at 5 p.m. and a workshop to follow at 7:30 p.m., per our usual schedule. Jo is the author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State, and she will be talking about a new digital history project called Paper Machines. You can read more about how it works on Profhacker.

Digital History Lecture at UH

This Friday at 2:30 p.m., Andrew Torget will be delivering a talk on digital history at the University of Houston entitled, “The Promise and Perils of Doing History in the Digital Age.”

Torget has come up before on this blog, since he also participated with Scott Nesbit in this Interview on Digital History. As an alumnus of the Valley of the Shadow Project, the founding director of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, and leader of several other digital history projects, Torget’s interests are right in line with this course. Hope some of you can make it!

Up Next: Chad Black

Our next speaker, Chad Black, will be here on November 1 to deliver a lecture entitled “Quito Jailed: Institutional Profiling in the 18th Century.” He will also be leading us through a workshop that evening on how to use some simple Python scripting to do some preliminary research using an archive Finding Aid. Cool!

In preparation for Professor Black’s visit, you may want to check out his book, The Limits of Gender Domination: Women, the Law, and Political Crisis in Quito, 1765-1830, or his website. If you’d like to learn a little bit more about Python, check out this introductory guide for historians.