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.

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