Category: Insights


Digital Humanities (DH) at KU – Being a HASTAC Scholar

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Last month, our HASTAC scholars presented our work in the Digital Scholars’ Showcase.  Please check the following link for the presentation I gave: In my brief talk, I shared how I came to DH via happenstance when a classmate of mine shared their engagement with DH on campus.  After meeting with the staff at …

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Webinar Recap: Making Meaning with Digital Tools– Practical and Inclusive Strategies

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Initially, I conceptualized this webinar as an attempt to articulate a pedagogical move beyond the traditional paper. As an English instructor, I (Rachel Willis) am often struck by how inadequate a paper can be in terms of figuring out what students know. I have recently begun offering live grading for students, and this practice reinforced for …

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More than PDF’s!

You may have heard the news or a passing reference that the Graduate Center has accepted its first born digital dissertation,   but might be wondering what that actually means? Especially since all dissertations start off as some sort of word-processing document and end up as PDFs, both digital formats, in CUNY Academic Works.   What was …

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Introduction: Issue Fifteen

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For many, imagining the possibilities of digital technologies, in classrooms and in our lives, conjures up two dystopian extremes: unregulated chaos or constant surveillance. These nightmares are animated by a fear that the digital is something created for us, something we receive rather than construct. Headlines promise us that we are falling into our screens …

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How Can a Collaborative Online Syllabus Address the Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues?: The #ImmigrationSyllabus, Part I

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  Throughout my doctoral studies in history at Emory University, I have become increasingly committed to educating current and future policy makers about immigration concerns.  Given recent events surrounding global refugee crises, immigration restrictions, and the resulting frustrations among historians who recognize these patterns in other historical contexts, I began to develop a hypothetical required …

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Why Are Academic Websites So Ugly?

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In my research I look for the nineteenth-century American poems that I believe have been wronged by being printed in physical books, and I create interactive digital websites for reading them instead. This project is the culmination of a lot of study and analysis, but is related to a question I’ve had for quite some …

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Facebook: Friend or Foe?

Facebook: Friend or Foe? Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, recently released an op-ed in The New York Times, “It’s Time to Break Up Facebook,” expressing concern about the monopolistic nature of Facebook and the power wielded by Mark Zuckerberg. Leapfrogging off concerns raised about Facebook’s recent mistakes, including “the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens …

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PyCon: Oh, the Humanities! Teaching and Learning Interdisciplinary Python

Hi, I’m Lisa Tagliaferri. I’ve been doing postdoctoral research at the MIT Digital Humanities Lab and you may know my Python tutorials on DigitalOcean. Today, I would like to talk to you about what we can gain from incorporating the humanities — fields like history, literature, philosophy — into teaching and learning Python. Above is …

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Tools of Technological and Intellectual Change: OER and the Democratization of Knowledge Production

Much has been written about the production of knowledge, the validity or social value of new forms of knowledge, the public debates about the politics and/or (im)proper practices of access to knowledge, and its organization and dissemination within the academic realm. Most famously, Michel Foucault first examined the ways in which the production of knowledge …

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