First Fall Meeting of the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group

The first meeting of the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group was this past Wednesday, September 25.  We were delighted to have a strong turnout, including Alan Cafferkey, the director of faculty tech services and Jane Suda, one of Fordham’s reference librarians, in addition to graduate students of all levels, from first-year M.A. students to post-docs.  After introductions in which each individual outlined their DH projects and skills, we had a productive conversation about the transformative nature of digital humanities scholarship and its potential to lead to new and exciting forms of research and new ways for scholars to access both primary and secondary materials.

We were able to set a schedule of events for the fall semester that will spark discussion of the digital humanities at Fordham and also provide graduate students with the opportunity to learn technical skills otherwise unavailable at Fordham.

Our Fall Events:
October 16: Book Discussion: Digital_Humanities. Peter Lunefeld, Anne Burdick, et. al.  Open-access edition available here, 12:30-2:00 pm, Dealy 115

October 30: Intro to TEI workshop for Medievalists and others, 2:30-4:00pm, location TBA (sponsored by Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group)

November 12: Joint talk with the English department: Brian Croxall, DH librarian at Emory University, will lead a discussion of pedagogy, 5:30-7:00pm, Dealy 115

November 13: Kimon Keramidas, “Using Prezi for Visual Presentation and Dynamic Electronic Posters,” 2:30-4:30pm, Keating 318

December 4: Kristen Mapes will give a presentation on the Digital Humanities class she is currently taking at Pratt’s library school.

May 2-3, 2014: THATCamp here at Fordham!

Potential Spring Events:
A digital tools workshop on how to use various programs together for increased productivity
A workshop on Search Engine Optimization
A statistics workshop
A discussion of the Programming Historian website

Our next meeting will be at 12:30 on October 16.
We will discuss Digital Humanities, by Peter Lunefeld, Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Todd Presner and Jeffrey Schnapp.  The book may be purchased in hard-copy or as an e-book.  The e-book is available from the Fordham Library, and NYPL also has an electronic copy and physical copies.

Meet Fordham’s new HASTAC Scholars!

Congratulations to Alisa and Will – we look forward to working with you and seeing your development in the Digital Humanities this year!

The HASTAC program is a program of the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group. Funding for the 2013-2014 year was provided through the generous support of the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. For further information about the HASTAC program, see the HASTAC At Fordham page.

Alisa Beer

Photo of Alisa Beer

Alisa is a second year Ph.D. student in the History department at Fordham University, where she studies medieval manuscript culture and medieval pilgrimage.  She holds an M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Science of Indiana University Bloomington, and is particularly interested in information visualization, pedagogy, and the use of social media for scholarship.  She is also concerned about the long-term survival of DH projects and the condition of their metadata.

Will Fenton

Photo of Will Fenton

Will is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Fordham University, where he specializes in nineteenth century American literature and the Digital Humanities. In addition to writing and blogging about technology, Will is the recipient of a Fordham Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Grant.

First Meeting of GSDH Group 9/25

The Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group announces its first meeting, to be held on September 25, 12:30-2:00, Dealy 115. This group is open to all graduate students and any interested faculty or staff. Please join us so you can:

  • Learn more about the methods and practices of the digital humanities, an area of study that is growing in importance for all humanities scholars;
  • Discover the digital projects that your peers are working on;
  • Learn how you can create born-digital projects;
  • Learn how to use digital tools for teaching;
  • Participate in workshops;
  • Attend lectures with special guest speakers;
  • Share your knowledge about using technology for research and teaching;
  • Ask your questions about the digital humanities.

Current plans for Fall 2013:

  • 9/25 12:30-2:00, Dealy 115: Come to our planning meeting and contribute your ideas!
  • Workshop, November 13, 2:30-4:30, Keating 318: “Using Prezi for Visual Composition and Dynamic Electronic Posters,” with Prof. Kimon Keramidas of the Bard Graduate Center
  • Time TBA Book group discussions: Matthew Jockers, Macroanalysis & Anne Burdick, et al, Digital_Humanities
  • Time TBA Workshop, “Adapting the Programming Historian for Your Research,” Patrick J. Burns, Teaching Associate, Classics

In addition…

  • Attend the inaugural meeting of the NYC Digital Humanities group. September 28, all day.
  • THATCamp Digital Writing will take place May 2-3, 2013

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We hope to see you on September 25th!