Hope College ’17
Major: (Composite) Moral Philosophy & Psychology
My adventures with digital humanities work began with acceptance to the Mellon Scholars Program at Hope College. Since then I have discovered my passions for philosophy, art, ethics, and multiculturalism. My first major project was creating a documentary, Tulips & Tulipanes, about the Hispanic community in Holland, Michigan. Our documentary featured seven key figures within the Hispanic community who represent different facets of the culture and community itself. We hoped to give a voice to a community that is 30% of Holland’s population, yet barely recognized and acknowledged. My other projects include The Ethics of Expropriated Art: a Neatline map demonstrating power dynamics in the artworld, Architecture and Education in India: a Storymap tracing the philosophies of Rabindranath Tagore, and Philosophy Put to Music: a lecture-performance I gave using philosophy of art concepts to analyze classical vocal repertoire.
School: Cornell College ‘17
Majors: Classical Studies and Art History
My introduction to the world of Digital Humanities began during my time at Cornell where I was able to work on a collection of DH projects spanning various topics and methods. My first foray began the summer of my sophomore year when I was hired as an intern for the Mount Vernon Historic Preservation Committee and tasked with managing the metadata of over 900 digitally archived files. This evolved into creating an audio tour of the towns historic districts and stoked my interest in digital history and its possible applications. I continued with this interest as the Classical Studies Research Assistant, working with Professor John Gruber-Miller and Professor Phil Venticinque. With John, I was given the chance to work on Imagining Ancient Corinth, a learning program designed to aid in Ancient Greek second language acquisition, as well as understanding the writings and experiences of Pausanias, the original travel writer. This project spanned web-development, map building/manipulation, and even animation. With Phil, I was allowed to aid in the editing and formatting of his recent publication Honor Among Thieves: Craftsmen, Merchants, and Associations in Roman and Late Roman Egypt.
Colby College ’18
Major: American Studies
Minor: Education with certification
As a student who has grown up in the midst of changing technology, as well as an Education minor and future teacher, the importance and influence of technology to education is undeniable. I was thrown into the world of Digital Humanities this January when I took a humanities lab course, leading me to begin working for Professor Ben Lisle this summer on a project called Mapping Waterville. Through interactive maps, timelines, and exhibits, Mapping Waterville explores the impact of urban renewal in Waterville, Maine in the 1960s and 1970s. Mapping Waterville is also part of a larger project called Digital Maine, which tells stories by and about Mainers through places and things. Working on these projects has allowed me to see how unique digital humanities is as a pedagogical tool; it is not simply content-based learning, but interdisciplinary work that necessitates collaboration and creativity. When I become a teacher, you can be sure that my students will explore and learn with Digital Humanities, but until then, I’m happy being the student myself!
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Davidson College ‘18
As a research fellow with the Davidson English department, I contributed as a research partner on Dr. Suzanne Churchill’s Digital Mina Loy site, working to use digital tools to encourage, rather than distract from, a thoughtful reading process. I also worked on my own project, custom-designing a WordPress site that used dynamic online readings to investigate the prevalence of whiteness imagery in Loy’s poetry. In my studies, I focus on creative writing, poetry, and the intersection of literature and gender/sexuality and race theory.
International Relations and Public Relations Double Major
My name is Hakob Parsamyan. I am a freshman student at Lake Forest College from Yerevan, Armenia. I have previously graduated the UWC Atlantic College in the United Kingdom, earning an International Baccalaureate Diploma. I am planning to double major in International Relations and Philosophy. I have always been actively undertaking community service by volunteering at schools and various other educational and non-educational institutions. I am a senator of the Class of 2020 in the Student Government. I have an active membership and various leadership positions in many groups and organizations on campus, including, TEDxLFC (Director & Lead-organizer), Mock Trial, Model United Nations (Vice-president), the Intervarsity Christian service (Leadership group), Concert Choir (Choir leader), Student Senate (Chair of the Class Committee) and Housing Advisory Board. My future plans lead me to pursue a JD Law degree. My aspirations towards Law and International Relations are aimed to create a more peaceful and sustainable world. I believe that unity and collaboration are potentials to change the world.
Ian Treger is from Lexington, Virginia and is currently a sophomore digital humanities student at Washington and Lee University. He is currently undecided for his major but is leaning towards becoming a history major. Ian’s freshman digital humanities project was a collaborative effort about the history and legend of Jack the Ripper, which he presented with his group at the UNRH 2017 conference. Click here to learn more about his project. Ian’s interests include traveling, sports, languages, and history. Ian is currently studying abroad this fall 2017 semester but is helping the UNRH team “across the pond” from Paris, France.