Digital Humanities Initiative Spring Semester Series

The Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities Initiative presents several events throughout the Spring 2014 semester. These events feature faculty-student collaborations, visiting speakers, workshops and presentations. Here is the schedule of upcoming events:

Friday, February 7, 2014
301 Reynolda Hall  

Understanding First-Year WFU Students’ Argumentative Writing: Pairing Large-Scale Linguistic Analysis of Students’ Essays with Surveys about Writing Confidence and Preparation  

This panel of faculty and students presents preliminary results of a large-scale analysis of incoming Wake Forest students’ argumentative essay writing – analysis both of their essays and their stated beliefs about writing. Using corpus linguistic software, the study combines detailed linguistic analysis of word-level features in students’ writing – for example their use of phrases like I believe, I think, it seems that, certainly, possibly, and hundreds of others — with an analysis of these same students’ reported preparation and confidence with writing, as revealed through surveys. Studies like this are rare, and they are made increasingly possible by software that allows for systematic, quantitative analysis of thousands of texts. The panel includes Laura Aull, Assistant Professor of English; Zak Lancaster, Assistant Professor of English; and undergraduate URECA Grant Recipients Courtney Abernathy, Dineth Bandarage, and Jesse Konig.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Tribble Hall, A209

Prof. Ann Marie Rasmussen: “Medieval Studies for Everybody: Ideas and Resources for Teaching the Digital Generation”

 Prof. Rasmussen (Department of German, Duke University) is a widely published medievalist who has been experimenting with new forms of humanities teaching that use collaborative and hands-on instruction without sacrificing attention to the critical skills of reading and writing. Her talk will think about teaching as intellectual work and share insights, tools, and resources from her experience.

Hosted by the Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, In Search of the American/Medieval: Contemplation, Identities, and Environment and Medieval Studies

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Digital Media Lab, ZSR Library

Digital Humanities Workshop 

Friday, April 25, 2014
301 Reynolda Hall

A Presentation on Omeka + Neatline 

This presentation will be led by Lisa Blee, Assistant Professor of History and Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian. The presentation will explore Dr. Blee’s use of these platforms in the first year seminar called Nature, Environments, and Place in American Thought.