Students enrolled in the Digital History Masterclass at Rice University will meet approximately four times in each semester of the academic year. Most of these meetings will consist of a public lecture, followed by a hands-on workshop with the lecturer that will showcase recent work in the digital humanities.
August 30: Organizational Meeting
We will meet in Humanities Building, Rm. 327, from 8-9:15 p.m.
Scott Nesbit (@csnesbit) is the Associate Director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond and a doctoral candidate in the history department at the University of Virginia. He is also the director, with Edward L. Ayers, of the Visualizing Emancipation Project and co-author of an article on the project published in The Journal of the Civil War Era. Mr. Nesbit will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. in Herring Hall 100, followed by a private workshop with masterclass students at 7:30 p.m. in Sewall Hall 133.
November 1: Chad Black
Chad Black (@parezcoydigo) is Associate Professor of History at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and author of The Limits of Gender Domination: Women, the Law, and Political Crisis in Quito, 1765-1830. An early Latin Americanist, Professor Black uses his own scripts to perform statistical analysis on data gathered from colonial legal records, and he also is an active participant in professional discussions on the use of digital media to communicate scholarly research. As part of those discussions, Professor Black’s writing has been featured in the crowd-sourced anthology Hacking the Academy and the website Digital Humanities Now. He will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. (location TBA), followed by a private workshop with masterclass students at 7:30 p.m. in Sewall Hall 133.
November 15: Jo Guldi
Jo Guldi (@joguldi) is a junior fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows and will join the Brown University history department in 2013 as an assistant professor of Modern British History. The author of Roads to Power: Britain Invents the Infrastructure State, Professor Guldi is also the author of numerous articles on British history, new forms of scholarly publication, and the spatial turn. A past recipient of a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital History at the University of Chicago, she recently directed the development of Paper Machines, an ambitious open-source tool for text analysis and data visualization from Harvard University’s MetaLab. Professor Guldi will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. (location TBA), followed by a private workshop with masterclass students at 7:30 p.m. in Sewall Hall 133.
February 15: Natalie Houston and Neal Audenaert
Natalie Houston (@nmhouston), an associate professor of English at the University of Houston, is the recipient of a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities for The Visual Page project. Together with technical director Neal Audenaert, Houston is working to build software that will enable scholars to read digitally the visual features of digitized texts like poems, whose visual layouts are often essential to their meaning. Houston and Audenaert will be conducting a workshop for members of the class only. This is not a public event. We will begin our meeting with dinner at 5:30 followed by a workshop.
March 7: Video Chat
On March 7, we will have a roundtable video chat session with graduate students and professionals working in the field of digital history. We will meet for dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Humanities 119 and will have the video chat from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
April 5-7: Digitization in the Humanities
This workshop, organized by Professor Anne Chao, will feature guest speakers Marcus Bingenheimer (Temple University), Shipei Chen (Harvard University), David Mimno (Princeton University), Derek Ruths (McGill University), Tim Tangherlini (UCLA), and Dennis Tenen (Columbia).
April 11: Sharon Leon
Sharon Leon (@sleonchnm) is Research Associate Professor and Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. As the Center’s lead director for Omeka and many other projects, Leon has extensive experience in developing digital tools for public history and also in training graduate students in the practice of digital history. She blogs about these and other topics at her blog, Bracket. Leon will deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. (location TBA), followed by a private workshop with masterclass students at 7:30 p.m. (location TBA).