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Teaching Black Arts Poetry and Computational Methods

[Enjoy this guest post by Ethan Reed, a 2017-2018 graduate fellow as well as a Ph.D candidate in English Literature at the University of Virginia. He went to W&L to give a workshop in Prof. Lesley Wheeler’s ENGL 295_02: African-American Poetry course through a Mellon-funded collaboration with the Scholars’ Lab at UVA. More information about…. Continue reading “Teaching Black Arts Poetry and Computational Methods”.

Poems with Pattern and VADER, Part 2: Nikki Giovanni

(This post is part of a two-post series—I ended up having too much to say about the poems I looked at with VADER and Pattern, so I split it up. First half can be found here!) Nikki Giovanni’s “The True Import of the Present Dialogue, Black vs. Negro” is probably one of her most famous…. Continue reading “Poems with Pattern and VADER, Part 2: Nikki Giovanni”.

Poems with Pattern and VADER, Part 1: Quincy Troupe

(This post is part of a two-post series—I ended up having too much to say about the two poems I looked at with VADER and Pattern, so I split it up. Second half can be found here!) Quincy Troupe’s “Come Sing a Song”—the 11-line poem that opens his 1972 collection Embryo Poems, 1967-1971—welcomes the reader…. Continue reading “Poems with Pattern and VADER, Part 1: Quincy Troupe”.

Transcription Is Complicated

In a recent PMLA issue on digital methods, Johanna Drucker concludes her article “Why Distant Reading Isn’t” by claiming that distant reading’s literalness makes it the closest form of reading imaginable. What distant reading lacks is distance. That distance is critical; it is the space between the literal text and the virtual text, between the…. Continue reading “Transcription Is Complicated”.

All About the Archive: Guest Teaching at Washington and Lee

In this post Lauren Reynolds, a former PhD student in Spanish and Makerspace Technologist, describes her work with Professor Andrea LePage’s course at Washington & Lee. This work is supported by an ASC grant expanding collaboration between Washington & Lee and the Scholars’ Lab and supplemented by W&L’s Mellon-funded grant to support digital humanities in the…. Continue reading “All About the Archive: Guest Teaching at Washington and Lee”.

First Steps with NLP and a Collection of Amiri Baraka’s Poetry

Amiri Baraka’s Black Magic, 1969 In this post I’ll discuss my initial foray into natural language processing (NLP)—cleaning up a corpus and prepping it for some basic text analysis techniques. I want to begin, however, with a note on the small textual corpus that I’m using in these preliminary explorations—Black Magic, a 1969 collection of…. Continue reading “First Steps with NLP and a Collection of Amiri Baraka’s Poetry”.

“All of the Questions:” A Recap of the 2017 Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Pre-Conference

In early October I was sent to represent the Scholars’ Lab at the Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Conference and the pre-conference meeting. This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of students, teachers, scholars, librarians, and instructional technologists for a weekend of conversation about many aspects of digital scholarship including pedagogy, community outreach/social justice, and institutional…. Continue reading ““All of the Questions:” A Recap of the 2017 Bucknell University Digital Scholarship Pre-Conference”.

My Experience Leading a Workshop on Text Analysis at Washington and Lee University

[Sarah went to Washington and Lee University to give a workshop in Prof. Mackenzie Brooks’s DH 102: Data in the Humanities course through a Mellon-funded collaboration with WLUDH. More information about this initiative can be found here, and this piece is crossposted to the WLUDH blog.] As a graduate student participating in the University of Virginia…. Continue reading “My Experience Leading a Workshop on Text Analysis at Washington and Lee University”.

Learning to Augment Reality

The Praxis team is in the midst of defining its project, and for the past few weeks, we’ve been playing around with augmented reality (AR), specifically by using Vuforia and Unity. Learning about AR has been fascinating and, admittedly, a bit frustrating. I won’t go through the process of getting Vuforia and Unity to work…. Continue reading “Learning to Augment Reality”.

Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018

As a historian, when I think of charters, the first things I think of are royal charters. The first result when you Google charter, on the other hand, is Charter Telecommunications Company because of course. But as members of the new Praxis Fellowship cohort, my fellow fellows and I tried to chart (I’m sorry) a very…. Continue reading “Crafting Our Charter – Praxis Program 2017-2018”.

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