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Virtual Reality, the Ancient Maya, and Astronomy

vadala/ January 25, 2018/ 0 comments

The Five College Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey R Vadala, one of our Postdoctoral Fellows in Blended Learning and Digital Humanities, will be continuing our Five College Digital Humanities speaker series. Dr. Jeffrey R. Vadala’s talk, “Virtual Reality, the Ancient Maya, and Astronomy” will be given on February 1, 5:30 PM at Hampshire College in Franklin Patterson Hall in…

Speaker Series Event: Are we in the Present, Past, or Future? 3D GIS Explorations of Vision, Sound, and Movement in Ancient Maya Cities

vadala/ December 4, 2017/ 0 comments

The Five College Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce that Dr. Heather Richards-Rissetto from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will be the first speaker to kick-off our Five College Digital Humanities speaker series this academic year. Her talk “Are we in the Present, Past, or Future? 3D GIS Explorations of Vision, Sound, and Movement in Ancient Maya Cities” will be given on:…

Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:

vadala/ November 28, 2017/ 0 comments

Five College Undergraduate Digital Humanities Fellowship CALL FOR APPLICATIONS:  Submissions due 22 December 2017. Successful recipients will be notified by 2nd of January 2018. (Click here for downloadable flyer) or Click here to Apply ( The Five College Consortium is pleased to announce the return of our fellowship for undergraduate projects in the digital humanities. Junior and senior undergraduate students (though others…

Scholarly Primitives: what methods do humanities researchers have in common, and how might our tools reflect this?

vadala/ November 13, 2017/ 0 comments

Part of a symposium on “Humanities Computing: formal methods, experimental practice” sponsored by King’s College, London, May 13, 2000.   By John Unsworth According to Aristotle, scientific knowledge (episteme) must be expressed in statements that follow deductively from a finite list of self-evident statements (axioms) and only employ terms defined from a finite list of self-understood terms (primitives). [Stanford Encyclopedia…

Is Digital Archaeology Busted?

vadala/ November 12, 2017/ 0 comments

Timothy Brennan has just published an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education called ‘The Digital-Humanities Bust’ (behind a paywall but Google the article and on the first results page you’ll currently find a short domain link direct to the full piece). It’s a critical reflection on the state of Digital Humanities, in which he points to a decade’s worth of resources being invested…

New teaching materials on World War II in the Pacific available

vadala/ November 11, 2017/ 0 comments

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media is proud to announce the launch of new materials related to World War II in the Pacific on the award-winning website Understanding Sacrifice, created in partnership with National History Day ®(NHD) for the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) and the VA National Cemetery Administration (NCA) . Read on at

Preservation for the (Digital) Ages

vadala/ November 10, 2017/ 0 comments

Databases aren’t just for tech companies. Classicists collaborate with TACC, UT’s supercomputing center, to upgrade preservation methods for the Digital Age.   “Deborah Beck is an expert in the use of language in Greek poetry. Her book “Speech Presentation in Homeric Epic” was the first systematic examination of all the speeches in the “Iliad” and the “Odyssey.” When she was preparing her book in 2012, her…

Silence is in the Streets: An interview with Christin Washington

sheila/ September 28, 2017/ 0 comments

Christin Washington is a force. Her eloquence on the complexities of silence left me with a lot on my mind’s plate. As a 5collDH fellow for the year 2016/17, her project was on the theorization and the digitization of Black Silence. Using Black Brooklyn as a lens, she was able to analyze and read the absences. It takes courage and…

Methods of Ontological Remix: An interview with Kira deCoudres

sheila/ July 29, 2017/ 0 comments

Kira deCoudres is a fascinating young artist who is one of our 5CollDH fellows and a Hampshire College alum. Her fellowship project titled, Methods of Ontological Remix, is a thesis project exploring current potentials of posthumanism. Through writings, multimedia work, and an experimental lecture series, the project will demonstrate non-traditional methods of creative bodily disruption. In less than 140 characters,…

Digitizing the Experience of Reading: An interview with Lauren Tuiskula

sheila/ July 27, 2017/ 0 comments

Any conversation about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is bound to be complex. Through Adichie’s novels, speeches, and interviews, we have seen and heard of her complex opinions informed by her complex history of weaving through many cultural and physical landscapes. One of our 5CollDH fellows Lauren Tuiskula finds Adichie’s complexity through one of her most popular novels; Americanah . Tuiskula’s project titled, “Digital Adichie: Identity,…