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Undergraduates Collaborating in Digital Humanities Research

April 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm in Olin 110


One of the key appeals for digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges has been as an avenue for undergraduate research in the humanities. In this seminar, a panel of undergraduates will share their research, as well as their goals, challenges, and what they have learned from the process of digital humanities research. A moderated discussion on undergraduate research in the digital humanities will follow.

All are welcome - students, faculty and staff - and no registration is required to attend!

Program Description

One of the key appeals for digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges has been as an avenue for undergraduate research in the humanities. In this seminar, a panel of undergraduates will share their research, as well as their goals, challenges, and what they have learned from the process of digital humanities research. A moderated discussion on undergraduate research in the digital humanities will follow. Student panelists will include:

  • John Burnett, Wheaton College who will present, “Getting Up to Speed in the Wheaton College Digital History Project.” John is a sophomore at Wheaton College.

  • Sarah Schultz, Hamilton College, who will present her English Honors Thesis, “What’s All the Hype About?: A Critical Exploration of Hypertext Theory and Authorship using Agha Shahid Ali’s poem “Snow on the Desert.” Sarah Schultz is a senior at Hamilton College. She concentrates in English and has also helped develop Professor Patricia O’Neill’s DHI initiative, the Agha Shahid Ali digital archive.

  • Amanda Kleintop, University of Richmond, who will present on her History Honors Thesis, “Networks of Resistance: Black Virginians Remember Civil War Loyalties.” Amanda Kleintop is a 2011 graduate of the University of Richmond. Her senior honors thesis, “Networks of Resistance: Black Virginians Remember Civil War Loyalties,” extensively used social network analysis to interpret black unionism; it received the Arts and Sciences Symposium Award: Outstanding Research Paper in the Humanities and the J. Taylor Ellyson Award in History for the best piece of original investigation on Southern history. She interned in the Digital Scholarship Lab for two and a half years. In the fall she will be entering graduate school in the history program at Northwestern University.

  • Gabrielle Kirilloff, University of Pittsburgh, who will present, “How Digital Tools Impact Research Questions and Methodologies in Literary Studies.” Gabi Kirilloff is a senior English literature major and Russian minor at the University of Pittsburgh; her academic interests include comparative literature, gender studies, digital humanities, and media studies. She learned about the study of digital humanities a year ago as part of an undergraduate research fellowship. She has used computational tools to study speech frequency in Russian Fairy Tales, and has also worked on smaller digital projects on William Blake, Emily Dickinson, and the philosophy of markup.

  • Janis Chinn, University of Pittsburgh, who will present, “Computational Methods in the Humanities.” Janis Chinn is a senior linguistics major at the University of Pittsburgh.