Thursday, May 22, 2014

Join UCLA DH on June 6 for our End-of-the-Year Party!


Friday, June 6
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The easiest place to park is probably the visitor area (sixth level) of Parking Structure 5.

Join us as we celebrate the DH program's third year at UCLA! This year, we'll feature macarons from 'Lette Macarons alongside the amazing work our students have been doing this year. 

All are welcome! RSVPs requested (though not required) so that we can be sure to have enough food on hand.

10:30-10:35 Welcome
10:35-11:40 Lightning presentations of DH spring capstone projects
11:40-11:45 DH graduate portfolio presentation
11:45–11:50 Presentation of certificates to graduating students
11:50-12:30 Food and project demos

Friday, April 25, 2014

What's in a name?

I wanted to follow up on a comment from our recent DHSoCal gathering.  Someone (I'm sorry that I can't remember exactly who it was), mentioned that the term "Digital Humanities" is a loaded one, and said that they avoided using it with their colleagues.

I'd like to know if you also avoid using the term DH.  And if so, what ways do you describe your DH-related work, if not with that term? 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

4Humanities Event at CSUN


Date: May 16, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location: The Linda Nichols Joseph Room of Jerome Richfield Hall (JR 319), California State University, Northridge (Map)
Contact: Scott Kleinman (scott.kleinman@csun.edu)

4Humanities is a group of digital humanists who seek to assist in advocacy for the humanities by harnessing the skills and resources of the digital humanities community. On May 16, the local Southland 4Humanities chapters will meet at California State University, Northridge to work on the WhatEvery1Says Research Project (#WhatEvery1Says).

WhatEvery1Says emerges from the local chapter of 4Humanities at UC Santa Barbara (4Humanities@UCSB) to identify public perceptions of the humanities, formulate the core value(s) of the humanities, and strategize ways to “frame” these values for effective communication (through framing narratives, metaphors, scenarios, paradigms). The project’s purpose is to canvass and analyze public and academic discourse about the humanities in order to help advocates develop a coherent message about why the humanities matter to people and society. The project will conduct systematic, strategic research on perceptions of the humanities, on what academics and others believe the core values of the humanities to be, and on the way people “frame” narratives about the humanities. Data will be gathered through text mining and analyzed through forms of computational analysis such as topic modeling. Further information is available on the Project Overview Site.

Anyone who would like to become involved with 4Humanities or WhatEvery1Says is welcome to join us. Although the primary goal of the meeting will be planning and strategizing for WhatEvery1Says, there will be a time slot for people to talk give short presentations on whatever DH topics they would like. Lightning talks to longer demos will both be considered, and the timetable below will be adjusted accordingly.

The following is a preliminary schedule which is likely to undergo some change before the date of the meeting.

10:00-12:00

  • Introductions
  • Background on the Project
  • Discussion of opportunities for grant funding to support WhatEvery1Says and/or other 4Humanities activities.
  • Creating some timelines for some smaller 4Humanities projects or discussion of structures for collaboration.

12:00-1:00: Lunch

1:00-4:00

  • Introductions of afternoon attendees and morning re-cap.
  • Preparatory work and training for topic modelling.
  • Collective or small group run-through on a small corpus.

4:00-5:00

  • A time slot for spill-over from the previous session and for people to talk about and/or demo their DH projects, either in the form of lightning talks or "extended" lightning talks.

Getting to and Parking at CSUN

Driving Directions can be found on the CSUN Visitor Parking Information website or from Google Maps. Please go to Parking Booth #2 on the corner of Prairie and Darby to purchase a daily parking permit ($6). The Parking Booth only accepts cash, but the parking lots have dispensers that accept credit cards. Please keep your receipt; you will be reimbursed afterwards.

Getting to JR 319

Walk down Prairie towards campus. Cross Etiwanda and walk to the right around Sierra Center. On the other side of Sierra Center there are stairs leading up to the third floor. These provide direct access to Jerome Richfield Hall right outside JR 319.

Wifi Access

Visitors from campuses with Eduroam may be able to access the internet using that service. Otherwise, you will be given a password upon arrival.

Monday, March 17, 2014

DHSoCal Meeting

Friday, April 18 from 10 to 1 p.m. at the Seuss Room in Geisel Library, University of California, San Diego

Digital Humanities – Southern California will be hosting a meeting open to all practitioners of digital humanities and those who are curious to know more. This meeting will be geared toward sharing our local assets, challenges, ongoing projects, and ideas.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending, either in person or virtually. Lunch will be provided for those who attend in person.

Tentative Agenda

1) Introductions

2) Discussion of current projects, plans, partnerships, and efforts underway

3) Discussion of desired future efforts: thinking strategically 5 years-out

a) West Coast DH undergrad conference
b) THAT Camp

4) Collaboration
a) Teaching DH classes/ student projects across campuses
b) Sharing successful models for teaching and institution-building
c) Pooling institutional contacts to funding agencies

5) Build out DHSoCal website

Additional topics for discussion:

May 16 4Hum event
SouthWest Regional DH event

Directions, parking, and bus information here

This event is sponsored by the Geisel Library and the Center for the Humanities.