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The DHC is proud to announce #Keywords, an ongoing brown-bag lunch series this spring semester. #Keywords is an informal, educated discussion on key terms and language in use in the digital humanities today.Our hope is that through a brief introduction and informal conversation you can become better acquainted with this terminology, what it means, how it works, and why students find it important.No prior knowledge of any digital humanities topics are required to join in the conversation! We all hope to learn from one another and bring this knowledge into the classroom in the form of projects, handouts, and lesson plans.The first event will be hosted on Wed, Feb. 15 at noon in the Sutton third floor alcove. We'll be discussing Machinima, presented by Mark DiMauro. Food will be provided, so join us and let's talk about the future of the digital humanities!

Video 1, Video 2 - Machinima, Johns Hopkins Guide to Digital Media

Sherwood Publishes on Distanced Sounding Investigations Using Computers

Kenneth Sherwood's article "Distanced Sounding: ARLO as a tool for the analysis and visualization of versioning phenomena within poetry audio" has been published by _Jacket 2_, a serial sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. In "Distanced Sounding," Sherwood outlines a research program for applying machine learning and computation to large scale questions posed by digital archives.

The article is available online and contributes to a series of working papers on experimental digital analyses of poetry audio: Jacket2

Sherwood is Associate Professor of English at IUP and co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. He teaches poetics, avant-garde writing, and digital humanities in the doctoral program for Literature and Criticism.

Workshop - Software Freedom - Feb 10

Monday, Feb 10, 2014 - 12:15-1:15pm
Stabley 201

This workshop introduces participants to the DHC toolkit and explores the rationale for adopting open-source software solutions. Participant will ease into the open-source world using plugins for open browsers (Firefox / Chrome). There will be an opportunity for Questions/Answers and hands-on experimentation.

Presentation Slide Show

Schedule for the other six workshops.

DHC Recognizes IUP Students as HASTAC Scholars

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to recognize three IUP graduate students who have been named 2014 HASTAC Scholars. Adam Colton, Matthew Corran, and Wesley Dunning will participate in this network during the 2013-2014 academic year, under the local sponsorship of the IUP DHC. As HASTAC scholars, they will develop their graduate research projects in concert with fellow scholars from across the US and the world.

Sherwood Helps Shape Supercomputing Tool for Literary Analysis

Co-founder of the IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, Dr. Kenneth Sherwood spent a week at UT Austin this past May as an invited participant in "High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship." This National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities centers involves an innovative use of supercomputers for the analysis of spoken word audio.

DHC Co-director Chosen for NEH-funded Institute

Associate Professor of English, Kenneth Sherwood, has been chosen to participate as a poetry scholar in the NEH-funded NEH-funded Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities: "High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship" (HIPSTAS). The year-long project focuses on developing and using new technologies to access and analyze spoken word recordings within audio collections.

Wisnicki joins the DHC

The DHC and the department of English are pleased to welcome Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki to IUP. At present Adrian is completing a monograph that explores British knowledge production on the African "frontier" through close analysis of works by Livingstone, Burton, Kingsley, Conrad, Buchan, and others. His next project, which will be published through Livingstone Online, entails producing a digital, multidisciplinary, critical edition and image database of Livingstone's final exploration diaries (1869-1873). For more information, see http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/


Dr. Gian Pagnucci, Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, Dr. Dan Weinstein,

Dr. Gian Pagnucci

Gian is Chair of IUP’s Department of English. He was selected as IUP’s University Professor for 2009-2010, IUP’s highest academic award. He has been an English faculty member at IUP for 17 years. Dr. Pagnucci’s teaching specialties are technical writing, composition, and technology-based pedagogy. He has won a Reflective Practice Teaching Award and an international award for innovative teaching with technology. Dr. Pagnucci is the author of Living the Narrative Life: Stories as a Tool for Meaning Making, published Heinemann Boynton/Cook. He also was co-editor for Re-Mapping Narrative: Technology’s Impact on the Way We Write, published by Hampton Press. In addition, Dr. Pagnucci has published in such leading journals as Computers and Composition, English Journal, and English Education. While these other accomplishments are nice, he is probably most proud of writing the book Don’t Count Your Chickens! Stories for Kids to Tell, a big hit with children at library story hours across the country.

Dr. Kenneth Sherwood

Ken is Associate Professor of English and co-founded the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture at IUP. He has designed and taught graduate courses in contemporary Electronic Literature, Digital Scholarship in English Studies, and Digital Teaching; most recently he proposed and has taught the workshop in Digital Writing for the undergraduate writing track. He conducts research in poetics, oral performance, digital culture, and new media literature. He edited poet Louis Zukofsky's A Useful Art Essays and Radio Scripts on American Design (Wesleyan UP, 2003). His research in oral performance “Elaborate Versionings: Characteristics of Emergent Performance in Three Print/Oral/ Aural Poets” (Oral Tradition 21.1) is reflected in the prototype website http://www.audibleword.org. His engagement with digital culture and writing dates back to 1993, when he co-founded the first “e-zine” of postmodern literature at SUNY Buffalo. In 2009, he curated an exhibition of new media literature along with graduate students at Indiana University of PA; the companion website can be found at http://readingrebooted.iupdhc.org. He has been actively involved in academic computing at IUP, leading a digital repository initiative, proposing IUP's blog service, and implementing prototype wiki, audio blogging (http://www.i-cast.org) and digital journal services. Currently, he chairs the ACPAC Emerging Technology Committee. In 2013, he participated in the High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship initiative at UT Austin, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humantities. A published poet and oral performer, his chapbooks include That Risk, Text2 Box, and Hard Return. He also presents original, digitally-mediated creative writing. Creative research focuses on the programming language and development tool "Processing" as a composition environment for poetry.

Dr. Dan Weinstein

Dan, who joined IUP as Assistant Professor of English in 2012, also serves as a Mentor in IUP's Mindfulness Living Learning Community.

Dan brings nearly twenty years of online teaching and educational technology training experience to his position. A pioneer in the use of computer technology for teaching writing remotely, in 1996 Dan designed and taught the first online English Composition course ever offered at the University of Buffalo, State University of New York. Since that time he has continued to innovate teaching techniques that harness the potential of digital technologies to support students' creative growth.

Dan's academic research, positioned at the intersection of educational technology and the psychology of creativity, tends to focus on how teachers may best use new technologies to help students succeed as learners and creators.

Eliza Albert: Developer

Eliza aids in the development of and transcription of materials for the Livingstone Online website. Eliza is a doctoral candidate in the Literature and Criticism program with specialization in graphic novel. She will soon be finishing coursework and preparing for her comprehensive exams.

Adam Colton: Lead Developer

Adam is currently developing Livingstone Online, an online archive of the letters and journals of Dr. David Livingstone. He has been developing websites and programs for over 15 years and has experience in a variety of web-based/programming languages. Adam is currently a doctoral candidate in the IUP Literature and Criticism program. His scholarly interests include modern science fiction, digital literature, and digital/technological pedagogy.

Annie Lin: Lead Developer

Annie currently works on the Livingstone Online site in both front- and back-end development. She is currently a junior in the Languages and Systems track of the Computer Science department. She has interests ranging from web development to software design, and she's always open to tackling new technologies and systems.

Former member:
Dr. Adrian S. Wisnicki

Adrian joined IUP as Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature and Co-Director of the DHC from 2011-2013. He is also Project Director of the David Livingstone Spectral Imaging Project (http://livingstone.library.ucla.edu/), Project Co-Director of Livingstone Online (http://www.livingstoneonline.ucl.ac.uk/), and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of English and Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London. Adrian specializes in nineteenth-century British literature, colonial and postcolonial literature, and the digital humanities. His most recent research explores the role of intercultural dynamics in the development of Victorian colonial literature and discourse, especially in the context of Africa. He also has interests in collaborative digital project development, and in the application of advanced digital imaging to the study of damaged nineteenth-century manuscripts. Wisnicki’s monograph, Conspiracy, Revolution, and Terrorism from Victorian Fiction to the Modern Novel (2008), is published by Routledge. Articles have appeared in Victorian Studies, Victorian Literature and Culture, Studies in Travel Writing, History in Africa, and the Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History. His research projects have been funded by grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities and the British Academy.

Dr. Alexis Lothian

Alexis Lothian joined IUP in 2012 from the University of Southern California. A former HASTAC scholar, she researches and teaches at the intersections of cultural studies, digital media, speculative fiction, and queer theory. Her research focuses on speculative fiction’s engagements with race, gender, and sexuality, and she also works on digital artistic forms that are emerging from science fiction fan communities, especially as these forms engage critical readings of media texts and are used to participate in social justice activism. She is the editor of an upcoming special issue of the open access peer reviewed journal Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology on feminist science fiction, coeditor of a Social Text Periscope dossier on Speculative Life, and a founding member of the editorial team for the journal Transformative Works and Cultures. Her work has been published in International Journal of Cultural Studies, Cinema Journal, Camera Obscura, and Journal of Digital Humanities; in addition to HASTAC, her participation in the digital humanities community has included THATCamp and an MLA unconference on digital pedagogy. She maintains an academic blog at http://queergeektheory.org and tweets as @alothian.

Student Blogging - Wordpress/Buddypress

DHC co-director Kenneth Sherwood is continuing the teaching explorations of blogging with English 101 students this year -- using a new tool called Wordpress/Buddypress. Students are conducting audio interviews and using a blog to document their writing processes.

As Dr. Eric Glicker's research shows, one dimension contributing to the value of writing through blogs is the opportunity to create a community of learners in dialogue. So having others read the blog and comment is crucial to gaining the motivational and shaping effects of audience.