Spring 2014 Digital Humanities Initiative Series

by Aimee Mepham, Program Coordinator, WFU Humanities Institute Digital Humanities Initiative

The Humanities Institute’s Digital Humanities Initiative presents several events throughout the Spring 2014 semester.

The January 27th kick-off event, “The Story of My Life” Roundtable and Screening in the ZSR Library Auditorium, drew attention to “The Story of My Life” project which is currently on exhibition in the foyer of the ZSR Library.

To view “The Story of My Life” films:


To join campus conversation about trends and resources in the digital humanities, check out the WFU DHI Faculty webpage.

Upcoming DHI events feature faculty-student collaborations, visiting speakers, workshops and presentations:

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 ofEnglish; 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 Medieval Studies and the Humanities Institute Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar, In Search of the American/Medieval: Contemplation, Identities, and Environment.

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

David Phillips, Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Workshop and introduction to using multimedia in digital humanities projects — We will explore useful websites, software available, and innovative pedagogical practices, and will introduce student work from Fall 2013. Students will be on hand to discuss their work and the learning experience from their own perspective.

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.