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Mapping Modern Jewish Diasporic Cultures with Shachar Pinsker: April 19th, 2:30pm (Lowenstein 906)

Histories of modern Jewish cultures face the challenge of how to fathom complex issues of place and space. Join Shachar Pinsker (University of Michigan) on April 19th, 2:30pm (Lowenstein 906) to learn about his collaborative digital project, Mapping Modern Jewish Diasporic Cultures, that explores modern Jewish cultures and migrations using non-linear digital storytelling and mapping techniques (ArcGIS & Scalar).

Jews are a transnational people with multiple diasporas, and this project proposes to map the migration of multilingual literary and visual networks of cultures across the long 20th century. Because Jews never conformed to the national concept of the unity of people, language and territory, modern Jewish culture developed within constantly shifting borders of empires and nation-states.

Using innovative digital tools and databases, this project aims to visualize the tension between the transnational and diasporic, but also grounded in a particular place; belonging to both global and local cultures. The project scholars, who include Pinsker, as well as Deborah Dash Moore and Alix Keener, hope to take macro and micro views of this network of people, analyzing both the diasporic and individual levels, as well as a multimedia view, such as visual and textual analogs.

Professor Shachar will present this work-in-progress in the context of Professor Anne Hoffman’s course in Modern Jewish Writing.

At 6 pm in the Law School, Shachar will give a talk based on his new book, A Rich Brew: How Cafés Created Modern Jewish Culture (NYU Press). All are welcome.

Spring Programs: Workshops on Gephi, Twitter, and Online Identities | Lectures by Miriam Posner, Shinsuke Shimojo, and Tom Scheinfeldt | THATCamp and Faculty Technology Day

Spring—a long awaited spring this year—brings a whole array of Digital Humanities programs and events at Fordham. Workshops on network mapping using Gephi, on Twitter for conference participation, and on developing an effective online presence for undergraduate and graduate students will be complimented by campus visits and public lectures by Miriam Posner (UCLA) on scholarly publishing in a digital age, Shinsuke Shimojo (Caltech) on computational science and neuroplasticity, and Tom Scheinfeldt (University of Connecticut) on best practices in digital history. The season will conclude with two conferences: a May 2nd-3rd THATCamp Digital Writing, and Fordham’s May 16th Faculty Technology Day.

Wednesday, March 5: Using Gephi for Mapping Networks in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a network visualization workshop with Chris Alen Sula, PhD and Will Dean (Pratt Institute) 
11:30am-2pm | Rose Hill Campus, Dealy 304

Learn how to use Gephi for network mapping for the humanities and social sciences at a workshop led by Dr. Chris Alen Sula (Pratt Institute). Gephi is an interactive visualization and exploration platform for all kinds of networks and complex systems, dynamic and hierarchical graphs. This free, open source tool runs on Windows, Linux and Mac OS X.

Chris Alen Sula is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information & Library Science at Pratt Institute and Coordinator of Digital Humanities. He earned his PhD in Philosophy from the City University of New York with a doctoral certificate in Interactive Technology and Pedagogy. His research focuses on data/information visualization, critical theory, networks, and the field of philosophy. He also writes about digital humanities and cultural heritage institutions (libraries, archives, and museums) and participates in public-academic work. Will Dean is a Master’s candidate at the School of Information & Library Science at Pratt Institute.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Download and install Gephi on your computer in advance of the workshop so you can follow along.

This workshop is sponsored by the Digital American Studies Initiative of the American Studies Program with support from the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill through the Innovative Pedagogy Initiative and by the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group.

March 26, 12:30: Learn Twitter, a workshop led by Kirsten Mapes (Fordham/Medieval Studies)
12-2pm | Rose Hill Campus, Faculty Memorial Hall 416

Why tweet? What’s a #hashtag? Why would you want to type .@FordhamDH instead of @FordhamDH? Learn the answers to these questions and other questions at workshop led by Kirsten Mapes (Fordham/Medieval Studies). Twitter is an evolving social network tool that can help you develop your online profile and engage in public conversations in your field. Scheduled in advance of the Fordham Medieval Studies Program’s French of Outremer Conference, this workshop will introduce newcomers to the technology of tweeting as an aspect of conference participation. This workshop is sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program.

Wednesday, March 26: Thinking Through and With the Interface: Designing Humanities Scholarship for the Screen, a dinner talk and discussion with Miriam Posner, PhD (UCLA) 
6-8pm | Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor, President’s Dining Room

Miriam Posner,
UCLA Digital Humanities Center

Join the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Digital Technology and Scholarly Communications for a talk with Dr. Miriam Posner, “Thinking Through and With the Interface: Designing Humanities Scholarship for the Screen,” which will explore multi-modal scholarship and new forms of scholarly communication. Posner serves as the Program Coordinator for UCLA’s Digital Humanities Program, teaches in their graduate and undergraduate digital humanities programs, and is at work on a multi-modal book on medical filmmaking; that is, the way doctors have used film to make sense of the human body. Dr. Posner earned her doctoral degree at Yale University in Film Studies and American Studies. For more about Dr. Posner’s work, visit her website at:

This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

Sponsored by the Fordham Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Digital Technology and Scholarly Communication with the generous support of the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill through the Mellon Interdisciplinary Fund and the Innovative Pedagogy Initiative. In addition, Dr. Posner’s visit to New York City is co-sponsored through NYC-DH by the CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative.

Thursday, March 27:  Sensory Substitution, Multisensory Plasticity, and the Third Kind of “Qualia,” a lecture by Dr. Shinsuke Shimojo (Caltech)
The Clavius Distinguished Lecture for 2014
1:00-2:00pm | Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library
Reception will follow on the fourth floor, O’Hare Special Collections Room.

Shinsuke Shimojo (Caltech)
(photo by Gina Vergel)

“Qualia” is a term used in philosophy to refer to individual instances of conscious experience. Examples of qualia include such sensory experiences as the pain of a headache, the bouquet of a wine, or the fragrance of gardenias on a summer evening.

In the past science has struggled with phenomena such as “qualia,” suggesting that such subjective experiences may be impossible to study. But new research in sensory substitution, such as the use of devices translating visual into auditory inputs for blind people, may suggest ways of apprehending the usually subjective experience of “qualia.” Some users of technologies that translate visual into auditory inputs for blind people now claim “visual” experiences. Moreover, at least one of these individuals shows neural activity in the visual cortical areas in fMRI when engaged in a variety of tasks relying on this type of device. This multisensory plasticity—the capacity of neural networks to remap themselves to accommodate new forms of sensory input—suggests that we are on the verge of a new era, where technologies are facilitating the development of new forms of qualia, or experience.

Join Professor Shinsuke Shimojo, from the Division of Biology/Computation & Neural Systems at the California Institute for the Technology, Fordam’s 2014 Clavius Distinguished Lecturer, to learn about his groundbreaking research bridging neurophysiology and information science to engage in the some of the oldest questions for philosophy of mind.

Shinsuke Shimojo received his PhD from MIT (1985), and is currently Gertrude Baltimore Professor in Experimental Psychology in the Division of Biology/Computation & Neural Systems at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Shimojo Laboratory has been devoted to tackling the issue of how the human brain enables us to perceive objects and respond to them adaptively. Using visual illusions, adaptation and after effects, he and his colleagues have developed new psycho-physical and cognitive neuro-scientific techniques for enhancing our understanding of higher-order visual perception, spatial attention, integration across different sensory modalities, and sensory-motor functions.

Shimojo has authored or co-authored more than one hundred fifty publications in prestigious journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, and Proceedings of National Academy of Science. The latest findings from his laboratory indicate the importance of implicit cognitive and emotional processes in vision, multi-modal perception, and decision making. Among his many awards, he received the Japanese Neuroscience Society Tokizane Memorial Award in 2004 for his discovery of new perceptual phenomena related to visual contours and surfaces and his investigation of the underlying neural mechanisms. He also received the Most Innovating Research Award from the Japanese Society of Cognitive Science in 2008 for his work on counter-intuitiveness of Bayesian inference. For his series of books for non-expert general readers, he received the Santory Prize for Publications in Humanity and Social Sciences. He is also well known for his work as public intellectual, collaborating with artists in science museum exhibitions and writing regularly as a science columnist at the Asahi Shimbun’s WEBRONZA.

This lecture is made possible by the Clavius Distinguished Lecture Series and The Department of Computer and Information Science.

Friday, April 4: The Distinctive Lineage of Digital History,  a lecture by Tom Scheinfeldt, PhD (University of Connecticut)
4:30-6pm | Lincoln Center Campus, Room TBA.

Tom Scheinfeldt, Director of Digital Humanities,
University of Connecticut
(photo: courtesy of UConn Today)

Tom Scheinfeldt, nationally known for his leadership role at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University, now serves as an Associate Professor of Digital Media and Design and Director of Digital Humanities at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Scheinfeldt has been behind such pathbreaking initiatives as the September 11 Digital Archive, Omeka, and THATCamp. He is co-editor (with Dan Cohen) of Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities (University of Michigan Press, 2013) and a contributor to Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012). He blogs at Found History and co-hosts the Digital Campus podcast.

Professor Scheinfeldt will lecture on “Best Practices in Digital History” at Lincoln Center and will lead a series of working sessions during the day with a small group of faculty and graduate students in the History Department. Discussions will focus on a plan of action for the department to incorporate digital history into its practices and culture.  Participants in the working sessions will consider how they can model digital history practices in pilot programs, become educators of others in the department, and lead new departmental initiatives in coming years.

This program is organized by Professor Roger Panetta (History) and hosted by the History Department with support from the Dean of Fordham College-Rose Hill through the Innovative Pedagogy Initiative.

Wednesday, April 16: Your Online Presence: Google, Facebook, and Life Ahead, a workshop for undergraduates by Alisa K. Beer (Fordham/History Department)
12-2pm | Rose Hill Campus, Dealy 304.

As part of the Digital American Studies Program, this workshop for undergraduate students will focus on online presentations of self and how to maximize your digital presence for life and work ahead. The workshop will be led by Alisa K. Beer, who holds a Masters of Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science of Indiana University at Bloomington, currently serves as a HASTAC scholar and is at work on a doctoral degree in Medieval Studies at Fordham. Beer is concerned with helping students understand their digital footprint so that their pathways beyond undergraduate education will be smooth and fulfilling.

This workshop is sponsored by the Digital American Studies Initiative of the Fordham American Studies Program with support from the Dean of Fordham College-Rose Hill through the Innovative Pedagogy Initiative and by the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group.

Friday & Saturday, May 2-3: THATCamp Digital Writing
Friday at John Jay College and Saturday at Fordham Lincoln Center—for more detailed scheduling information, visit ThatCamp Digital Writing.
Registration will open March 3rd, 2014.

From tweeting to multimodal research papers to Prezi, writing these days means more than just black text on a white background. Through workshops and discussions, THATCamp Digital Writing aims to deepen and advance our notions of all facets of writing. Participants in THATCamp Digital Writing will explore how to effectively write using different digital tools and platforms. THATCamp Digital Writing begins with a special lecture on Friday afternoon, May 2, 2014, at John Jay College, and continues all day Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus with workshops, discussions, and a Maker Challenge.

At THATCamp Digital Writing, join a dynamic cast of participants to:

• Learn more about innovative ways to digitize your work and publish it online
• Share pedagogical methods that use digital media for writing and research assignments
• Explore how to evaluate online writing and give feedback
• Question how tools, technology, and methods for publishing work shape the way we write
• Educate yourself about fair use and copyright
• Make connections with others
• Establish new collaborations.

TCDW is being organized by Amanda Licastro, a PhD candidate at the CUNY Graduate Center, and Elizabeth Cornell, Information Technology Communications Specialist, Fordham University.

Monday, May 12th: Faculty Technology Day
Fordham Lincoln Center Campus, 12th Floor Lounge.

Hold the date — additional information will follow!

[Updates: On March 5th the listing for our Gephi workshop was updated to include the contributions of Will Dean.  And on March 14th, the title of Tom Scheinfeldt’s talk was updated from Best Practices in Digital History to The Distinctive Lineage of Digital History on March 14th.]

New York City Digital Humanities Community Hosts Inaugural Meeting September 28th

New York City’s Digital Humanities group will have its inaugural meeting on Saturday, September 28, at New York University.  The event will feature a workshop with University of Victoria digital humanities leaders Ray and Lynne Siemens on building digital humanities communities. This promises to be a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow digital humanists and learn about local DH initiatives. For more information and to register to attend, visit the NYCDH site.

Fall 2013 Digital Humanities Programs Focus on GIS, TEI, and DH in Teaching

Fordham’s Digital Humanities Group is delighted to announce Fall 2013 programming which will include two workshops — one on geographical information science (GIS) and another on the text-encoding initiative (TEI) — as well as a visit from Emory University digital humanities scholar Dr. Brian Croxall, who will speak on digital technologies and the teaching of writing:

An Introduction to GIS for Medievalists and Others, Friday, September 20th, 2:30-4:00 pm, Keating 318. This hands-on workshop with Dr. Austin Mason (Department of History, University of Minnesota) will introduce participants to the software and methods of this useful technology.  While this workshop will use the domain of medieval studies to explore the uses of GIS, the principles and practices to be discussed are applicable across disciplines: faculty and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome.

An Introduction to the Text-Encoding Initiative (TEI), Wednesday, October 30, 2:30-4:30, Room TBD. This workshop will be led by librarian and medievalist Yvonne Rode. Rode earned an MA from Fordham in Medieval Studies and Masters in Library Science from Rutgers University, where she focused on new information technologies. Again, while this workshop will use medieval studies as the content domain, the methods of TEI are of use across disciplines including literary studies, theology, history and classics. These workshops are sponsored by Medieval Studies and co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group.

Brian Croxall,
Emory University

“Assignments and Architecture”– A talk by Brian Croxall about private reading, public buildings, and digital pedagogy, Tuesday, November 12, 5:00-7:00, Duane Library 351 [PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS A NEW LOCATION].  Brian Croxall is Digital Humanities Strategist in the Robert W. Woodruff Library and Lecturer of English at Emory University. In this position, he is helping to establish the new, Mellon Foundation-sponsored Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC). Along with developing and managing digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, graduate students, librarians, developers, and more, Croxall teaches a new undergraduate “Introduction to Digital Humanities” and works to integrate digital technologies into the whole of the library. His interests in the digital humanities include visualizing geospatial and temporal data as well as integrating digital approaches into pedagogy.

Croxall finished his Ph.D at Emory University in 2008, investigating the relationships between technology, media, and psychological trauma. After that, he taught modern and contemporary American literature as well as courses on media studies, digital culture, and war fiction for a year at Emory and another year at Clemson. Following that, he was Emory’s first CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow and Emerging Technologies Librarian. Somewhere in there, he found time to co-edit a journal issue on the subject of steampunk, contribute to the #alt-academy project, and the group blog ProfHacker.

Croxall’s visit to Fordham is sponsored by the Department of English with support from the Fordham College-Rose Hill Humanities and Social Sciences Innovative Teaching Initiative, and co-sponsored by the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group.

Due to space limitations, the workshops are open to the Fordham community only, but the lecture program is open to the public.

Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Shannon Mattern and Kimon Keramidas: A Conversation on New Designs for Teaching and Learning

Ann Pendleton-Jullian

Please join us for a dinner conversation with Ann Pendleton-Jullian, Shannon Mattern, and Kimon Keramides on Tuesday, April 2nd at 5:30pm on developing new designs for teaching and learning in an era of digital innovation.

Making, Playing, Knowing: New Designs for Teaching and Learning in a Digital Age will take place from 5:30-8:30 pm at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus in Lowenstein Hall, 12th Floor, President’s Dining Room  Please join us for a light buffet from 5:30-6:00 with the talks beginning at 6:00pm.

Ann PendletonJullian is an architect, writer, and educator of international standing whose work explores the interchange between architecture, landscape, culture, science, and technology. She has served as the Walter H. Kidd Professor and former Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. From 19932007, she was a tenured professor of architecture at MIT and Associate Head of the Department for three of those years. Pendleton-Jullian is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Design at Georgetown University’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship. Her 2009 Tedx-Columbus talk considers the relationship between making, playing and knowing.

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is an Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School. Her teaching and research address relationships between the forms and materialities of media and the spaces — architectural, urban, and conceptual — they create and inhabit. Her publications and collaborative digital projects have addressed libraries and archives, media companies’ headquarters, place branding, public design projects, urban media art, media acoustics, media infrastructures, and material texts. She’s recently become the editor of MediaCommons’s The New Everyday, and you can find her online at

Kimon Keramidas

Kimon Keramidas is Assistant Director for the Digital Media Lab and Adjunct Instructor at the Bard Graduate Center. Kimon also teaches courses in interface design, the material culture of media, digital media in the museum, and the history of scenic design. In addition to his work at the BGC, Kimon is Director of Digital Initiatives at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, where he oversees new initiatives in the integration of digital media in support of the center’s programs and developing and maintaining MESTC’s web presence across a number of sites. He is also a founding member of the The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy.

This program is sponsored by the Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group and the Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on Digital Pedagogy with the generous support of the Deans of the Arts and Sciences and the Mellon Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar Fund.

Kindly RSVP by March 29th.  For more information, contact mmcgee [at] fordham [dot] edu.

Patrick Burns and Jon Stanfill named as Fordham’s 2012-13 HASTAC Scholars

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Working Group, is pleased to announce the second year of Fordham’s GSAS-sponsored HASTAC Scholars with awards to Patrick J. Burns, a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Classics, and Jon Stanfill, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Theology.

Patrick Burns (Classics)
2012-13 HASTAC Scholar

Burns’ digital research focuses on the application of corpus-linguistics methodologies, such as tree banking, annotation, and the use of the Python Natural Language Toolkit in the study of Latin literature.  Burns participated in the NEH-sponsored Summer Institute on the Perseus Project held at Tufts University last summer that explored many of these topics. He has also been at work on a digital teaching resource, the Tin Latin Reader, which he uses in the Latin courses he teaches.

Jon Stanfill (Theology)
2012-13 HASTAC Scholar

Stanfill will be investigating both the pedagogical possibilities of experiencing the world of Byzantium in the virtual realm, and the promise of cladistic analysis, which uses evolutionary biological algorithms for the editing of medieval manuscripts. Stanfill traces his interest in cladistic analysis to a seminar taught by Center for Teaching Excellence Director and medieval studies scholar Erick Keleman.

HASTAC (an acronym for Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, pronounced “haystack”) is an international network of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, librarians, archivists, museum curators, publishers, and IT specialists. Members of the HASTAC community blog, host forums, organize events, and discuss new ideas, projects, and technologies that reconceive teaching, learning, research, writing and structuring knowledge.

The HASTAC Scholars program fosters an innovative community of graduate students nominated and sponsored by their institutions to participate in an online community focused on digital scholarship, pedagogy, and publishing. The award comes with a modest honorarium and access to campus digital humanities mentorship, as well as the opportunity to participate in the dynamic online community that includes HASTAC Scholars from more than 75 universities from around the world.

The 2011-2012 Fordham HASTAC scholarship, which marked the university’s inaugural year participating in the program, went to Elizabeth Cornell, a pre-doctoral fellow in the Department of English, for her work on the Keywords Collaboratory, an interactive project directed by Fordham English professor Glenn Hendler and University of Washington professor Bruce Burgett.

The Digital Humanities Working Group and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences plan to make the HASTAC Scholars program an annual award, with application deadlines in early September 2013. Stay tuned for more information.

THATCampNYC 2012 October 5-6, 2012 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus

Fordham University’s Digital Humanities Working Group is delighted to announce that THATCamp NYC 2012 will take place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus on October 5-6th.

Organized in collaboration with Hunter College Libraries, NYU Libraries, CUNY Libraries, and JSTOR, THATCamp NYC 2012 will be a space for librarians, archivists, researchers, scholars, and computer scientists working within the digital humanities to explore ways to foster collaboration among themselves and libraries, archives, academic institutions, and other information centers.

Registration for THATCamp NYC 2012 will open on September 1st.  Stay tuned for more news on this exciting upcoming event.

Spring 2012 Digital Humanities Programs at Fordham

Fordham’s Digital Humanities Working Group is pleased to announce three campus events that feature speakers from across the country who are advancing thinking on new modes of pedagogy, working with new digital tools, and forging the links between theory and practice in the digital humanities.

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Linking Networks of People with Networks of Information: the Linked Jazz Project, a talk by Cristina Pattuelli (Pratt Institute, School of Information and Library Science) on Linked Jazz, a project mapping jazz networks using semantic web protocols will be on Wednesday, April 11th at noon in Dealy Hall, Room 304 on Fordham University’s Rose Hill campus.  

Cristina Pattuelli
Principal Investigator for
Linked Jazz
Linked Jazz investigates the potential of the application of Linked Open Data (LOD) technology to enhance the discovery and visibility of digital cultural heritage materials. More specifically, the project explores the applicability of Friend-Of-A-Friend (FOAF) to digital archives of jazz history to expose relationships between musicians and reveal their community’s network. 
Cristina Pattuelli is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Library Science at the Pratt Institute, New York. Her research focuses on information organization and knowledge representation methods and tools applied to information systems — digital libraries in particular. In addition to her research on information organization and knowledge representation methods and tools applied to information systems, and the semantic web, Pattuelli is also interested in human information behavior and interaction applied to specific user groups and communities of practice. Pattuelli teaches courses on Knowledge Organization, Cultural Heritage and Human Information Behavior. She received her Ph.D. in Information and Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also holds advanced degrees in Philosophy, Cultural Heritage Studies, and Archives from the University of Bologna, Italy.
This talk is recommended for anyone interested in jazz history, cultural heritage research, and new uses of linked open data on the semantic web. For more information on the Linked Jazz project, click here or cut and paste this URL:

This program is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group with support from the Arts and Sciences Deans of Fordham University, and co-sponsored by the American Studies Program.  It is free and open to the public.

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Debates in the Digital Humanities: An Evening with Matthew K. Gold, Elizabeth Losh, and Tom Scheinfeldt, Monday, April 30th, Lowenstein Hall, 12th floor President’s Dining Room, 6pm-8pm.

Debates in the Digital Humanities,
edited by Matthew K. Gold,
was published in January by
the University of Minnesota Press.

Join us in a discussion of recent debates in the digital humanities. This event celebrates the publication of the collection Debates in the Digital Humanities with the volume’s editor Matthew K. Gold and contributors Elizabeth Losh and Tom Scheinfeldt.  In a wide-ranging discussion this symposium will consider what is (or are) the digital humanities as a field (or as scholarly practices), and why this burgeoning area of scholarly inquiry may be critical to the revival of the humanities and academic life in general.

Matthew K. Gold, editor,
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew K. Gold is the Director of the CUNY Academic Commons, an Assistant Professor at New York City College of Technology and CUNY Graduate Center Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, as well as the Advisor to the Provost for Master’s Programs and Digital Initiatives at the CUNY Graduate Center. His teaching and research interests center on the digital humanities, digital writing and rhetoric, open-source pedagogy, and new-media studies. Recent work has appeared in The Journal of Modern Literature, On the Horizon (co-authored with George Otte), and Kairos, as well as the edited collections From A to : Keywords of Markup  and Learning Through Digital Media. Gold is the editor of the collection Debates in the Digital Humanities, published by University of Minnesota Press (2012) as both a printed book and forthcoming as an open-access webtext. His digital projects include Looking for Whitman, a multi-campus experiment in digital pedagogy sponsored by two NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants, and a recently awarded Title V Grant from the U.S. Department of Education.  For more information on Matthew Gold, visit:

Elizabeth Losh, Director of the
Culture, Art, and Technology Program
U.C. San Diego

Elizabeth Losh is the author of Virtualpolitik: An Electronic History of Government Media-Making in a Time of War, Scandal, Disaster, Miscommunication, and Mistakes (MIT Press, 2009) and Director of the Culture, Art, and Technology program at Sixth College at U.C. San Diego. She writes about institutions as digital content-creators, the discourses of the “virtual state,” the media literacy of policy makers and authority figures, and the rhetoric surrounding regulatory attempts to limit everyday digital practices. She has published articles about videogames for the military and emergency first-responders, government websites and YouTube channels, state-funded distance learning efforts, national digital libraries, the digital humanities, political blogging, and congressional hearings on the Internet. For more information about Losh’s work, visit

Tom Scheinfeldt,
Managing Director of the
Roy Rosenzweig Center for History
and New Media,
George Mason University

Tom Scheinfeldt is Managing Director of the Center for History and New Media and Research Assistant Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University. Tom received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Oxford University, where his doctoral thesis examined inter-war interest in science and its history in diverse cultural contexts, including museums, universities, World’s Fairs and the mass media. A research associate at the Smithsonian Institution Archives and a fellow of the Science Museum, London, Tom has lectured and written extensively on the history of popular science, the history of museums, history and new media, and the changing role of history in society. In addition to managing general operations at the Center for History and New Media, Tom directs several of its online history projects, including Omeka, THATCamp, One Week | One Tool, the September 11 Digital Archive, the Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, the Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800, and Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives. Tom is co-editor (with Dan Cohen) of Hacking the Academy (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012) and blogs at

This event is sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group with support from the Arts and Sciences Deans of Fordham University, and is co-sponsored by the American Studies Studies Program and the Medieval Studies Program.  Although it is free and open to the public, due to the intimate size of the room, registration is required no later than April 27th.  Register here or cut and paste into your browser.

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Faculty Technology Day Keynote with Cathy N. Davidson. In partnership with Fordham’s Information Technology and Academic Computing Group, we will be welcoming Cathy N. Davidson to press the keynote at Faculty Technology Day, Tuesday, May 22nd* at the Walsh Library on the Fordham Rose Hill campus.

Cathy N. Davidson, author of
Now You See It and co-founder of

Cathy N. Davidson served as Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University from 1998 until 2006, where she helped create the Program in Information Science + Information Studies, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, and many other programs.  In 2002, she co-founded HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory, or “haystack”), a virtual network of innovators with over 6,500 members that directs the annual $2 million HASTAC/MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competitions.

Davidson is the Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University and has published more than twenty books, including Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America; Closing: The Life and Death of an American Factory (with photographer Bill Bamberger); and The Future of Thinking (with HASTAC co-founder David Theo Goldberg).

In 2010, President Obama nominated her to a six-year term on the National Council on the Humanities, a position confirmed by the Senate in July 2011. She is currently on a thirty-site author tour for her latest book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn (Viking Press), which Publishers Weekly has named “one of the top ten science books” of the Fall 2011 season.  For more information on Cathy Davidson, visit her website at

Additional information on the title and time of Davidson’s keynote will follow.

This program is made possible by the Information Technologies Academic Computing Group, the Faculty Technologies Centers, the Arts and Sciences Deans and the Digital Humanities Working Group.  Special thanks go to Associate Vice President for Academic Computing Fleur Eshghi for her work on this program.

* Please note the change of date; originally scheduled for Monday, the program will now take place on Tuesday.

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