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The Digital Humanities Working Group

Lecture and workshop series co-sponsored by the IHRC, the University of Delaware Library, and the Department of English

The Digital Humanities Working Group will sponsor a lecture and workshop series in 2013-14, "Public Humanities in a Digital World." This series, hosted in partnership with the University of Delaware Library, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of English, and featuring several speakers who will also be giving talks at Hagley Museum & Library and the Library Company of Philadelphia, is a continuation of last year’s programming, bringing major speakers to campus while also showcasing current UD digital humanities projects.

Ann Ardis has served since 2002 on the advisory board for the Modernist Journals Project, a major digital research and teaching resource for the study of modernism and English-language modernist periodicals that is hosted by Brown University and the University of Tulsa. She also serves on the editorial board of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, a peer-reviewed online journal, and she participated in the NINES/NEH Summer Institute on "Evaluating Digital Scholarship" in June 2011. Professor Ardis is the director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and co-editor of Modernism/modernity. She currently serves as Interim Deputy Provost.

Maureen Cech is an assistant librarian in the Manuscripts and Archives Department in the University of Delaware Library, where she processes manuscript collections—primarily literary collections—teaches instruction sessions using primary sources, and curates exhibitions using special collections materials. She received her B.A. in English and graphic design from La Salle University in 2005, her Masters of Arts in English from the University of Delaware in 2007, and her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 2009. Prior to coming to the University of Delaware Library in 2010, Cech was the assistant curator of Literary Manuscripts at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Erica Armstrong Dunbar is an associate professor of History with joint appointments in Black American Studies and Women's Studies. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. Her first book, A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (Yale University Press 2008) has positioned her as a scholar of early African American Women's history. She has recently participated in several documentaries such as "Philadelphia the Great Experiment" and an upcoming episode of the "American Experience" on PBS. In 2011, Professor Armstrong Dunbar was appointed the first director of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia. She has been the recipient of Ford, Mellon, and SSRC fellowships and most recently has been named an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer. Professor Dunbar's newest book project is entitled, "Never Caught: The President's Runaway Slave."

Gabrielle Foreman, an early advocate for digital teaching and learning, participated in national workshops hosted by the American Studies Crossroads Project and The New Social History New Media and Technology Project and co-authored pieces on teaching with technology for the American Studies Association Newsletter and the AACU’s Diversity Digest. More recently, she has organized workshops introducing community groups to media labs and digital and database resources at the universities with which they partner. After a too long hiatus from digital developments, she’s a believer in the saying “those who cannot do (it alone), partner.” She’s working with graduate student leaders Jim Casey, Clay Coleman, Sarah Patterson and others and with undergraduate researchers across departments on a digital humanities project that brings to life thirty years of mid nineteenth-century Black state and national political conventions. She is the Ned B. Allen Professor of English and Professor of Black American Studies.

Paul Hyde has supported educational applications of technology for over twenty years. He received an M. Ed. in Educational Technology and is manager for IT Academic Technology Services at the University of Delaware. He has helped lead several initiatives involving technology and education, including the formation of UD’s teaching and technology center in 1996, the Summer Faculty Institute program since 2005, and the Student Multimedia Design Center in 2007. He has taught for the School of Education, the Department of Art, and Professional and Continuing Studies and was a recipient of UD's Award for Excellence in Teaching Adult Students.

Tracy H. Jentzsch serves in the dual position of staff assistant for the Museum Studies program and as the media specialist in the History Media Center at the University of Delaware. Tracy received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from The College of Notre Dame of Maryland, completed graduate course work in publishing at George Washington University, and has completed her course work for her M.A. in Liberal Studies from UD. She has also earned the Museum Studies Certificate at UD. Previously, she served as the assistant publisher for Trade & Culture Magazine, as the Director of Events and Publications for Associated Builders & Contractors of Baltimore, and as a graphic designer and marketing manager for Synectics for Management Decisions, Inc. in northern Virginia. Tracy serves as the webmaster for the Museum Studies website.

Heidi Kaufman is an associate professor of English and Jewish Studies. She has particular interests in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, the novel, literature of London, digital humanities, and archival studies. Currently, she is working on two projects: a study of nineteenth-century Jewish cemeteries, and a digital project on voices from London’s East End.

Matt Kinservik (B.A. & M.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison; Ph.D. Penn State University). He joined the English faculty at Delaware in 1997 as assistant professor and was promoted to full professor in 2007. He has served as the Director of Graduate Studies and Chair of English and served on the University of Delaware’s Strategic Planning Committee in 2007-2008. He is currently the Associate Dean for the Humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Hannah K. Lee is an assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center at the University of Delaware Library. The center is one of the largest multimedia creation facilities in an academic research library in the nation. Her responsibilities include assisting students in creating multimedia content, collaborating with faculty across departments on digital literacy instruction, and staff and student assistant training, among others. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in Education, an M.A. in English with a specialization in Writing Studies, and an M.S. in Library and Information Science, all from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Shelly McCoy oversees the SMDC in the Morris Library, a cutting edge computer and studio space dedicated to "new media" and open to University students, faculty, and staff. Most recently, she formalized a multimedia literacy program -- coordinated by Hannah Lee. An active member of the American Library Association, McCoy chairs an online Digital Multimedia Production Discussion Group. Her previous positions at the Library were Head, Digital User Services Department and Coordinator, Microforms and Digital Mapping (GIS). She holds a M.L.I.S and a B.A. in English Writing (Public Relations) and English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.

Meg Meiman is the program director for the Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Delaware, where she matches students with faculty seeking research partners, and oversees the digital curation of students’ works. She has a B.A. and M.A. in English, and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Alabama. Prior to her current job, she was a librarian for six years, first at the University of Southern Mississippi and then American University. While at American University, she researched copyright information for materials, identified and evaluated materials for digitization, and taught a class on the social history of the book, all of which eventually steered her to her current interests in scholarly communication and the digital humanities. She’s currently inching her way toward a Ph.D. which centers on digital thematic research collections in the humanities.

Rebecca Johnson Melvin (B.A. Wake Forest University; M.I.L.S. University of Michigan) is librarian and head of the newly formed Manuscripts and Archives Department in the University of Delaware Library. Her areas of expertise and current interests include archives administration, congressional collections and political papers, literary manuscripts, scrapbooks as an autobiographical genre, photography and visual materials in collections, women’s collections, and local Newark history. She is involved with a number of digital initiatives for manuscripts and special collections in Morris Library, and she follows both content development and metadata standards for digital humanities projects through library, archival, and various interdisciplinary forums.

Timothy Murray has served as the Head of the Special Collections Department at the University of Delaware Library since 1991. Prior to that, he worked in the Special Collections of Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Buffalo. A specialist in 20th century literary collections, he has curated exhibitions, written, taught, and lectured on such figures as Samuel Beckett, Paul Bowles, Kay Boyle, Ernest Hemingway, Ishmael Reed, and Tennessee Williams.

Erik Rau is the director of Library Services at Hagley Museum and Library, which has aggressively expanded its digital collections and is a member of the Library of Congress’s National Digital Stewardship Alliance. He is also the chairperson of the Delaware Humanities Council and former chairperson of its grant-making committee. He also secured funding for an NEH-funded digital humanities project, the Delaware Industrial History Initiative.

Robin Schulze is professor of English at the University of Delaware. Her specialties include Modernist American Poetry, Textual Scholarship and Editorial Theory, and Modernist Literature and Culture. She is the author of The Web of Friendship: Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens (U of Michigan, 1995), and the editor of Becoming Marianne Moore: The Early Poems, 1907-1924 (U of California, 2002). While professor and head of the Department of English at Penn State University, Schulze was co-PI of a study that put Sony Electronic Readers and iPads in the hands of first-year students in an effort to assess the impact of electronic reading devices on student reading practices.

Mark Samuels Lasner - collector, bibliographer, and typographer - is Senior Research Fellow, University of Delaware Library. A graduate of Connecticut College, he is a recognized authority on late-Victorian print culture. His books include The Bookplates of Aubrey Beardsley (2008), The Yellow Book: A Checklist and Index (1998), and A Selective Checklist of the Published Work of Aubrey Beardsley (1995). He has curated numerous exhibitions—most recently Oscar Wilde’s Legacy: A Selection from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, Drew University Library, 2012— and was principal organizer of the 2010 conference, "Useful & Beautiful: The Transatlantic Arts of William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites," held at UD, Winterthur, and the Delaware Art Museum. Samuels Lasner’s own collection, focused on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, is on loan to the University of Delaware Library.

Gregg A. Silvis is the Associate University Librarian for Information Technology and Digital Initiatives at the University of Delaware Library. His areas of responsibility include computing support for the Library infrastructure as well as the Center for Digital Collections and the Manuscripts and Archives Department. Always active in the library community and a strong advocate for library collaboration, he has spoken widely on library technology and its impact. Prior to coming to the University of Delaware Library, he worked in the main library and the law library at the University of Southern California.

Jim Casey is a PhD student in the department of English at the University of Delaware. He is a founding member of the Colored Conventions Project [] and remains deeply involved in all aspects of the project, from publishing online with Omeka to geo-mapping with Neatline. His dissertation explores the social networks of 19th-century American and African-American newspaper editors, seeking to demonstrate some of the ways that digital technologies allow for fresh perspectives on literary history. He tweets @jimccasey1.



Digital Humanities- Laura McGrane is Associate Professor of English and Koshland Director of the Hurford Center for the Arts & Humanities at Haverford College. She received her PhD from Stanford University and teaches eighteenth-century print culture and digital media, integrating theoretical work on interface and coding into scholarship on the history of the book.

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Can Digital Humanities Save Us- Khalil Gibran Muhammed is the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library.

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Geographies of the Holocaust- Anne Kelly Knowles Anne Kelley Knowles is an American geographer and a specialist in Historical GIS. She is a professor of geography at Middlebury College.

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Copyright Risk Assessment- Archiving the Grateful Dead Online- Katie Fortney. Katie Fortney provides the UC campuses with educational resources and policy guidance on copyright and rights-management issues related to the CDL's scholarly research and publishing services.

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Perspectives on Digital Humanities - "Measuring the Impact of the Digital Humanities" Simon Tanner, Kings College (Nov 14, 2012). Simon Tanner is an academic and consultant in how the digital domain relates to library, museum and archiving digital strategies.
Tanner is Director of King's Digital Consultancy Services at King's College London. He is a part of the Centre for the Computing in the Humanities management team and a Business Fellow.

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Teaching (Design) Thinking - Jeffrey Schnapp (Nov 7, 2012)

Before moving to Harvard in 2011, Jeffrey T. Schnapp occupied the Pierotti Chair of Italian Studies at Stanford, where he founded the Stanford Humanities Lab in 2000. Read more about Jeffrey on his website

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Copyright and the Digital Humanities- Kenneth Crews - Kenneth Crews (Mar 6, 2013)

Kenneth Crews joined Columbia University in January 2008 as founding director of the Copyright Advisory Office (CAO). For more than twenty years, Dr. Crews has focused much of his research, policymaking, and teaching on copyright issues.Read more about Mr. Crews on the Columbia University Library web site.

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iPad Shakespeare - - Katherine Rowe and Kristen Poole (Feb 20, 2013)

An iPad app co-developed by Bryn Mawr English Professor Katherine Rowe that brings Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” into the digital era. Katherine Rowe (Ph.D., Harvard) teaches and writes about literature and media change. Trained as a scholar of Renaissance drama, she turned her attention to questions of media history and adaptation. Her courses explore the history of reading, writing and performance, from the Renaissance to the digital age.

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Sampler Archive Project - Lynne Anderson and Ritchie Garrison (Apr 24,2013)

- - Recently funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the project's goal is to build an online searchable database of American samplers stitched in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

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Humanities Unbound- Careers and Scholarship Beyond the Tenure Track- Katina Rogers (Apr 10, 2013)

- - Katina Rogers is Senior Research Specialist with the Scholarly Communication Institute and Praxis Program teams at the Scholars' Lab.

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