Ulemj Enkhbold (Lenny)-Co-Host
Washington and Lee University ’17
Major: German and Computer Science
Hailing from the steppes of Mongolia, I only have one goal in mind: To take over the world. In the field of digital humanities, that is. As Lizzy mentions, I work alongside her and Paul Youngman on a project called Mapping the Literary Railway. I’ve studied German for nearly half of my life now, and the realization dawned upon me that although I love to sit down and read analyses of texts, the old black ink just isn’t as engaging as digital media, which led to learning computer science. Fortunately, due to my experiences in learning multiple human languages, learning computer languages felt natural. Now, I primarily work with combining computer languages and human languages to both entertain and educate.
Washington and Lee University ’17
Majors: Economics and German
Potential Minor: Math
Although I haven’t had the best relationships with technology in the past, I was surprised to learn this summer that computer programming is something that is actually interesting to me. Code really is just another language, and I find the study of languages intriguing. In the summer of 2015, I worked with Professor Youngman and Lenny Enkhbold on Mapping the Literary Railway in Germany in the 19th century. I learned that technology can be used in ways one might not expect- for example in the humanities- as many humanists shy away from it. I used to shy away from it as well, but I now realize that it is just another tool; as long as we are able to use it when it aids us and put it down when we don’t need it, I believe technology can be used in harmony with the goals of the humanities.
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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