A Month in Review

Greetings from the DHC! We’re now a little over a month into the semester and we’d like to look back on the cool things we’ve done so far!

DH Summer Institute Wrap Up

On September 19th, we held a reception for our Digital Humanities Summer Institute fellows who worked tirelessly this summer to pursue a wide array of research topics. For more information on their projects, check out their blog posts!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Summer Institute a reality! (left to right) Miriam Neptune, Kimberly Springer, Madiha Zahrah Choksi, Janet Jakobsen, Pamela Phillips, Corinth Jackson, Katherynn Sandoval, Celia Naylor, and Martha Tenney.
Those are some handsome gift bags!

The reception was both a celebration of the Institute’s success and a time for fellows to present their work. I was wowed by all of the care and consideration the fellows put into making incredible digital projects regarding equity, representation, the archive, and so much more.

Resist to Exist Kashmir

On September 20th we had another event! In collaboration with the BCRW and Stand With Kashmir, the Barnard DHC held a screening of Khoon Diy Baraav (Blood Leaves Its Trail) along with a discussion that followed with Hafsa Kanjwal and Samia Shafi. We highly recommend watching the film and getting more informed about the occupation of Kashmir. We, at the DHC, are working on getting resources to learn more on our website!

Check out Stand With Kashmir to learn more!

Professor Kaiama L. Glover Lecture and Welcome Reception

Professor Glover spoke about her experience working on In the Same Boats, an online project that “trace[s] the movements of seminal cultural actors from the Caribbean and wider Americas, Africa, and Europe within the 20th century Afro-Atlantic world” (In The Same Boats)

On October 3rd, the DHC held a welcome reception for our new faculty director, Kaiama L. Glover. During this reception, Professor Glover talked about her own journey into the digital humanities, focusing on the importance of collaboration, experimentation, and not being afraid to mess up. Professor Glover ended with a hope that the DHC can reach out to and collaborate with not only those who understand and have worked with the digital humanities but also the “digi-curious and maybe even the digi-skeptical.”

Check out In the Same Boats as well as the In All My Dreams Book Club to see what Professor Glover has been working on!

Lunchtime Book Series

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Finally, yesterday, we had our first lunchtime book series. In it, we talked about the first essay in Trick Mirror, “The I in Internet.” During our discussion, we talked about the dangers of an internet that is so capital-driven and the ethics of information in the digital age.

This book talk is part of a larger series of book talks that the DHC is hosting this semester. We’re encouraging students to reach out if they have an idea for our next book talk or if they’d like to lead a discussion! This is a totally open space for exploration and discussion and you do not have to have read the featured book in order to participate in the discussion.

If you’re interested in hosting a lunchtime book talk please reach out to Taylor Faires (tfaires@barnard.edu) for more information!

Taylor Faires, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow ’19-20

As promised, here’s an introduction! I’m Taylor Faires and I’m the new post-baccalaureate fellow for the Digital Humanities Center. I graduated from Barnard this May and I’m excited to be on campus again in a new capacity.

I’ve always been a huge fan of the humanities, collaborating with friends on writing songs, poetry, and plays. While at Barnard I was an active member of the student theatre community, serving as a board member for the Columbia University Players and performing in student productions. Despite my interest in theatre, however, I graduated with a combined major in Political Science and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. I finished up my time at Barnard with two major projects: my political science capstone project and an independent study project conducted in Southern Ecuador. Both of these projects looked at the intersections of power when it comes to development and humanitarian aid, paying close attention to conflicting narratives and their importance in how programs that are meant to help look on the ground and how people respond to it.

My previous focus on the construction of narratives and their importance in international and domestic policy led me to wonder about digital narratives. Memes are cool, but what are they saying about our culture? How are they shaping the way we think? The way we vote? Our media and how it shapes us has become an incredibly important topic for study in all of the social sciences. Why not, then, bring it to the humanities? It is these questions that guide my research project on internet and fan culture. Our media shapes us in ways that we are only beginning to explore, and I, for one, am excited to learn more!

In addition to my own research project, I’m here to help you with yours! Expect to hear from me with all sorts of cool tools I’ve found in my own research!

At the end of the day, I’m learning too. I want to learn how to use the many tools at the Digital Humanities Center and across Barnard can help me bridge the gap between so many of my interests. While I love the humanities, I also love science- with environmental science a field I hold near and dear to my heart. How do we bridge the gaps between academic disciplines towards a recognition that everything is connected. The success of The Lorax is relevant to climate change just like erosion patterns or the Green New Deal are. Young adult novels have a political agenda. Stories matter because everything is a story.

That’s all for today but tune into my DHC weekly blog to see musings on ethics, digital humanities, tools and tricks!

Summer Fellowship Stories: MTLC tour!

Summer Fellows sit around a long table in a room lined with bookshelves full of zines.
Our Summer Fellows get the FYI on DIY from Deputy Zine Librarian Jade Levine.

Yesterday, the DHC Summer Fellows convened for a tour of the Milstein Center, led by Miriam Neptune, Post-Bac Sylvia, and student worker Miranda. Our Fellows all have such diverse and interdisciplinary research interests and projects, we knew they would benefit from hearing what the Milstein’s many centers and departments have to offer. 

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Summer Barnard Inclusion Grant Fellow Corinth Jackson

Corinth Jackson (BC ‘20) is a rising senior at Barnard College majoring in Urban Studies with a Specialization in Architecture. This summer, Corinth is working with the Archives & Special Collections Department and Digital Humanities Center (DHC) to research Black student life at Barnard. Corinth has several goals for the project, but at the moment, she is attempting to collect all of the names of Black students on campus. She hopes to make information about Black Barnard students more accessible. Through the collection of archival information about students on campus gathered digitally and physically, she intends to use different mediums to display the information. Corinth hopes that this project will shed light on what being Black at Barnard means and hopes that each medium can serve as a resource for the Barnard community.

Corinth’s research is supported by a Barnard Inclusion Grant written by Barnard Archives and DHC staff. Her fellow fellows are Katherynn Sandoval ’21, Kimberly SpringerPam Phillips, and Celia Naylor

Awkwafina’s Wikipedia Page Created at Barnard

At a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in April of 2013, now 6 years ago (wow!), BLAIS staff partnered with the Asian American Alliance, a student group on campus, to create and edit Wikipedia pages for various Asian Americans. Among the ten articles created on that April day was the page for rapper and breakthrough actress, Nora Lum, now known as Awkwafina.

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Miriam Neptune Facilitates Community Conversation

On December 16, Miriam Neptune, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Scholarship, facilitated a community conversation in the Bronx about race, immigration and citizenship with Dominican lawyer and activist Altagracia Jean Joseph and Alexis Francisco, a grad student at Union Theological Seminary. They discussed what has happened to the over 200,000 people of Haitian descent who have became stateless in the Dominican Republic since 2013, the increase in violence against women and the LGBTQIA community, and how allies in the US can respond. 

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