Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians

This week, the Praxis cohort heard from Brandon Butler, UVA’s Director of Information Policy, who gave a fascinating talk on the evolution of copyright law and the meaning of intellectual property. He covered the U.S. Constitution’s intellectual property clause, the rolling boundaries of public domain, and the shift from monetary value to cultural value as…. Continue reading “Fair Use, DH, and the Kardashians”.

If You Want to Master Something, Teach it: Digital Humanities and the ‘Aha!’ Moment

[Cross-posted to the Washington and Lee Digital Humanities Blog] I was recently invited to give a guest lecture in Caleb Dance’s Classics Course (“Blasts from the Classical Past: In Consideration of the Ancient Canon”) at Washington and Lee University as part of their Mellon Foundation Grant for Digital Humanities, which provides support for research, workshops,…. Continue reading “If You Want to Master Something, Teach it: Digital Humanities and the ‘Aha!’ Moment”.

Topic Modeling Twitter

What is topic modeling? Topic modeling is type of statistical model that sorts through a large corpus of writing through language processing algorithms with the purpose of discovering the broad topics under discussion by grouping together words frequently used in tandem.  This method has been used in the past by scholars working on distant reading,…. Continue reading “Topic Modeling Twitter”.

“Gothic DH” at Washington and Lee

*Cross-posted on the Washington and Lee DH Blog* Toward the beginning of the semester, I was contacted by Brandon Walsh, a UVA alumnus and the current Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow at Washington and Lee. As part of his fellowship, Brandon has been pairing UVA DH folks with professors at Washington and Lee; the initiative is…. Continue reading ““Gothic DH” at Washington and Lee”.

In, Out, Across, With: Collaborative Education and Digital Humanities (Job Talk for Head of Graduate Programs)

[Crossposted on my personal blog and the WLUDH blog.] I’ve accepted a new position as the Head of Graduate Programs in the Scholars’ Lab, and I’ll be transitioning into that role over the next few weeks! As a part of the interview process, we had to give a job talk. While putting together this presentation,…. Continue reading “In, Out, Across, With: Collaborative Education and Digital Humanities (Job Talk for Head of Graduate Programs)”.

Disrupt the Humanities? (Managing Director job talk)

When scholars share their job talks after being hired, DH and libraries interviewing processes become a little less mysterious. Academia has many genres of presentation. It can be difficult to draft your first job talk without seeing how others in your field translate a job ad’s requirements into a job talk’s expression of their unique expertise. Lee Skallerup Bessette, Celeste Tuong…. Continue reading “Disrupt the Humanities? (Managing Director job talk)”.

Amanda Visconti Is Our New Managing Director

I am thrilled to announce yet more delightful news: Amanda Visconti will join the Library as Managing Director of the Scholars’ Lab.  We had terrific contenders for this position, and Amanda won us over!  She brings a high level of qualities seldom found in one person: intellectual commitments and depth, knowledge, and training in humanities;…. Continue reading “Amanda Visconti Is Our New Managing Director”.

Brandon Walsh is our New Head of Graduate Programs, starting April 24, 2017

I’m thrilled to announce that Brandon Walsh will join the Library as Head of Graduate Programs in the Scholars’ Lab. This competitive national search revealed the talent that is growing out there: people dedicated to libraries and the pedagogy/service/advanced research model, with the combination of versatile and active technological skills and deep training in humanities…. Continue reading “Brandon Walsh is our New Head of Graduate Programs, starting April 24, 2017”.

Over the Moon and Down to Earth: Scholars’ Lab versions of space

Something about space has gone to our heads here in the Scholars’ Lab.  Any day, I expect to come out of a trance to find I’ve been wearing a motion capture suit while I geo-referenced an historic map, programmed an arduino, flew a drone, and printed a replica of an artifact from an ancient burial…. Continue reading “Over the Moon and Down to Earth: Scholars’ Lab versions of space”.

Why Study Popular Culture? Why Study the Kardashians?

“When I got my first television set, I stopped caring so much about having close relationships.” — Andy Warhol  “In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes,” is without a doubt Andy Warhol’s most famous quote. Eerily predictive of the twenty-first century’s stars who are famous for “being famous,” this quote encapsulates…. Continue reading “Why Study Popular Culture? Why Study the Kardashians?”.

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