Andrew Rikard-Host/Chair

Davidson College ’17
Major: English
Minor: Digital Studies

I am an English major who likes computers. I like how the two have intermingled and created a wild, wild web of words and things: like “twerk” and “fleek”. I’m fond of Modernism and especially the poet, artist, lamp-maker, bohemian, and entrepreneur named Mina Loy. She was an early 20th Century Futurist, Dada-ist, Surrealist and more who shocked New York City with a call for “the unconditional surgical destruction of virginity through-out the female population at puberty” – amidst other things. Most of all, though, I like thinking about higher education. How can we revive a craving for agency among students – an agency to do, create, and make? So – to bring it back around – I think between computers and English, we have a good shot at bringing Loy to the digital public and students to make the most of their education.

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Emily Hackman

Grinnell College ’16

Major: History

Concentration: American Studies

My experience with digital humanities lies primarily with the powerful analytical potential of mapping (and other visual forms of communication) with Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Starting my junior year, I began working for Grinnell’s Data Analysis and Social Inquiry Lab (DASIL) on the Iowa Township Project. Our work is still ongoing as we continue to digitize local census records from approximately 1870 to 1930 and plat maps for the three townships surrounding Grinnell College’s campus. The final maps, created in GIS, will serve as a pedagogical tool for an environmental historian’s class about the effects of American Westward Expansion on land ownership. Expanding my GIS skills, this past summer I worked with Professor Sarah Purcell creating maps for her upcoming book about spectacle funerals in the American Civil War. You can read a brief article I wrote related to our project about historical sensibilities and mapping featured on DASIL’s blog. This fall, I will be continuing my work with Sarah Purcell as we build a website utilizing ESRI’s Story Map platform in order to showcase our maps and relevant historical sources in an interactive and publicly accessible forum.

In addition to my interest in mapping within digital humanities, I am particularly interested in poignant and proper use of technology in the classroom. I will be working with Sarah Purcell this fall to curate digital pedagogical tools for use in her 200-level Civil War history class for which I will serve as the technological mentor this upcoming spring.

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Eric Rhodes

Antioch College ’16

Major: History, Concentration in French Language

Concentration: Urban History, Intellectual History, 20th Century, US

Coloring the Gem City is the title of an Antioch College Senior Thesis in History undertaken by Eric Rhodes ’16. The project examines the creation of racial segregation in Dayton from roughly 1930 through 2015. The focus will be on the role of the nexus of federal, state, and local housing policy and suburbanization. It also touches on the intellectual history of urban planning in Dayton, Ohio and the social sciences’ treatment of urbanity throughout the 20th century.

Digital Humanities methodologies have been of great importance to Eric’s project. As a component of his preliminary research, Eric is conducting interviews with national and area scholars, as well as people whose lives have been affected by segregation in Dayton. The oral histories will be archived with the Oral Histories in the Liberal Arts initiative. He’s also conducting GIS analysis of racial demographics in Dayton in order to visually illustrate the contours of segregation during the past 85 years. The end result will be a public resource which community members can consult for information on the subject.

Eric is working under the direction of:

Dr. Kevin McGruder, Professor of History at Antioch College. Dr. McGruder recently published Race and Real Estate: Conflict and Cooperation in Harlem 1890-1920 (Columbia University Press, June 2015), a book analyzing race relations and housing in Harlem.
Brooke Bryan, Professor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College. Brooke is an oral historian specializing in experiential learning. She has expertise in field recording for cultural documentation, oral history methodology, and using digital tools for storytelling and scholarship. Brooke heads up the Oral History in the Liberal Arts initiative, where oral histories for this project will be archived.

Ulemj Enkhbold

Washington and Lee University ’17
Major: German and Computer Science
Minor: Philosophy

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.

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Lizzy Stanton

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.

Taylor Mills

Hope College ’17
Major: (Composite) Moral Philosophy & Psychology
Minor: Spanish

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. 

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Miranda Donnellan

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.