Digital Humanities Colloquium: Short Term 2011

Curricular and Research Computing has planned a series of lunch time sessions dedicated to faculty forays into the digital humanities.  Each session will showcase a curricular or scholarly project that demonstrates how colleagues have extended their teaching and learning by adopting digital technologies that emphasize the visualization and re-presentation of their objects of study.

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Digital Humanities Colloquium: Short Term 2011

Re-mapping Immigrant Communities
Noon to 1:30 PM. Tues, April 26: Hathorn 208.
Claudia Aburto Guzman and Matt Duvall will discuss how multi-scaled geography informs their curricular and scholastic work on the cultural ramifications of literary representations of immigration.  Along with a description of their curricular practice and its underlying pedagogy, Claudia and Matt will show examples of geographical information tools that extend our understanding of the construction of communities in immigrant literature.

The Collaborative Drawing Project: Hands-on Interdisciplinary Collaboration across the Curriculum
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, May 3: Hathorn 208
Bill Seeley will lead an open discussion and demonstration of The Collaborative Drawing Project (after Sol LeWitt), a teaching tool he has developed to introduce non-art students to Conceptual Art in Pl227: Philosophy of Art.  The session will consider the various exercises Bill has adopted to enable students to explore the way the material constraints of a medium influence the productive practices and content of an artist’s work; along the way he will discuss how he has adapted these exercises to push the exploration of automatic/chance drawing procedures to computer art, dance, and multi-media installation.

Mind Maps and Visual Learning
Noon to 1:00 PM. Tues, May 17: Hathorn 208
Mind maps are diagrammatic representations of knowledge that visually associate ideas by linking or clustering text, images, and media.  Lisa Maurizio’s class, CMWS-204: Gender and the Body in Ancient Greece, experimented with mind maps during the winter semester.   During the course of the semester, her students used Prezi ( to create mind maps as one means to summarize, analyze, or interpret course readings.  Lisa will evaluate both the technology she used as well as the pedagogical applications of mind maps for cultivating ideas and arguments visually.