Dickinson scholars and students are harnessing the power of new technologies through an array of digital humanities endeavors.
Digital humanities is an emerging field that applies methods derived from computing to the traditional questions and objects of study in humanities disciplines. It is an umbrella term covering a wide range of activities, from online preservation and digital mapping to data mining and the use of geographic information systems, data visualization, and digital publishing. These and other tools are being used at Dickinson in collaborative and interdisciplinary projects in ways that help advance the liberal arts mission.
Digital Bootcamp @Dickinson
Participants learn and practice the basics of how to manage and display content in WordPress, edit audio and video, use Geographic Information Systems to create custom maps, and practice these skills on sample data provided by Dickinson faculty-led digital humanities projects.
A digital project that helps users experience America during the period from 1840 to 1880, at a time when Dickinson College itself was a house divided with graduates playing important roles on both sides of the emerging conflict. The site holds over 10,000 historic images and tens of thousands of records including stories, timelines, maps and multimedia on people, events, documents, places, topics and sources from the Civil War era.
A web application that provide language students regular conversations with native speakers via Skype sessions that fit their schedules. The project enables Dickinson’s faculty to provide students and more than 110,000 participants a kind of learning experience that was once impossible in the classroom.
Carlisle Indian Industrial School
A developing database of Carlisle Indian Industrial School resources. Beginning with the school records housed at the U.S. National Archives as part of the Bureau of Indian Affairs papers, the site will expand to contain digitized materials that tell the story of the school and the many thousands of students who were sent there.
Romantic Natural History
A digital hypertext project that surveys and organizes texts, images, and scholarship that link Romanticism and natural history, primarily in the century before Charles Darwin. The site operates like a scholarly text, with the addition of links and interlinks designed to allow readers to move easily from topic to topic, from author to author, and from primary and secondary sources to bibliographic citations.
An online annual, peer-reviewed journal that publishes research on gendered identities and the ways they intersect with and produce Italian politics, culture, and society by way of a variety of cultural productions, discourses, and practices spanning historical, social, and geopolitical boundaries.
Digital Humanities at Dickinson Blog
Over the summer months, a space in the Waidner-Spahr Library was reconfigured to serve as a new computer room. Known as the Willoughby Digital Scholarship Lab, this room was created in response to a request from Prof. Francese, on behalf of the Digital Humanities Initiative, that there be some dedicated space where faculty members and […]
By Ash Nichols (Walter E. Beach ’56 Distinguished Chair in Sustainability Studies & Professor of English) My DHAC-funded Student-Faculty Summer Research Project (2015) was a complete success. My student researcher, Kerin Maguire, turned out to be a hard worker, an excellent researcher, and a writer with a prose style well in advance of her years. […]
Well-known and well-bearded Higher Ed. consultant and futurist Bryan Alexander returned to Dickinson this week to deliver a stimulating talk about economic, cultural, and technological trends affecting higher education. The seminar was integrated into the week-long Willoughby Institute for Teaching with Technology. Alexander’s talk was opened to the broader community as well, and the lively […]