Category: Public Humanities

  • Project Endings and Precarious Labor

    In April 2021 I was asked to participate in a virtual symposium hosted by The Endings Project, a grant-funded initiative interested in “creating tools, principles, policies and recommendations for digital scholarship practitioners to create accessible, stable, long-lasting resources in the humanities.” One of the big questions driving The Endings Project was, as you may have…

  • New Publication: “Museums and Social Media During COVID-19” (The Public Historian)

    I have an essay titled “Museums and Social Media During COVID-19” in the November 2020 issue of The Public Historian. A preprint copy of the essay is also available via Brown University’s Digital Repository. Thanks to the editors of The Public Historian and to Amelia Grabowski and Adam Kozsary for offering their own insights. This…

  • New Publication: Doing Public Humanities

    This week saw the publication of Doing Public Humanities, a new collection of essays edited by Susan Smulyan and published by Routledge. Here’s the official book description from the publisher’s website: Doing Public Humanities explores the cultural landscape from disruptive events to websites, from tours to exhibits, from after school arts programs to archives, giving…

  • Reflections on Day of Digital Humanities 2020

    Today is Day of Digital Humanities, so I figured it would be fitting to write a blog post (don’t worry: I also wrote a Twitter thread). Once the semester wraps up here in a few weeks, my plan is to blog a little more. People with blogs tend to say that they plan to blog…

  • THATCamp Reflections: On The Unfinished Business of Unconferences

    The call for THATCamp reflections in the wake of the project’s sunsetting has generated a lot of interesting writing, as well as an informal record of some of the networks that intersected with (and, in some cases, emerged from) this “unconference” initiative (if you are unfamiliar with THATCamps and are still reading these words, here…

  • New Publication: Review of My Nola, My Story in Reviews in Digital Humanities

    The first issue of Reviews in Digital Humanities includes my review of My Nola, My Story, a digital humanities initiative led by Dr. Shearon Roberts at Xavier University of New Orleans that does the work of “gathering, documenting, classifying, contextualizing, and sharing the experiences and legacies of communities of color who have called New Orleans…

  • Go Fast / Go Slow: Supporting Digital Public Humanities At Various Speeds

    Hi! This post is a revised version of some remarks I gave on a “Space and Place” panel at ACH 2019. It’s also a kind of roundup of some conversations that happened at this fantastic conference. Many of the images here are screenshots of slides from my talk. Thanks to everyone cited here who informed…

  • New Publication: Newest Americans Review in American Quarterly

    My review of Newest Americans appears in American Quarterly 71.1 (March 2019). This is the second time I’ve written for American Quarterly (the first was as co-author of a piece on precarious labor and digital humanities in issue 70.3). I’ve greatly valued my experiences with the American Studies Association’s Digital Humanities Caucus: if you’re in…

  • New Exhibit: “Insufficient Memories” (Brown University)

    Last fall, a group of graduate students in Brown’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage (specifically, Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, Julia Renaud, and Sophie Don) started Tiny Exhibits, a series of two-week installations designed for a small (or, uh, “tiny”) exhibit case in the Nightingale-Brown House. It’s been a fun initiative that…

  • New Interview: Careers in the Public Humanities Podcast

    Catherine Winters, co-host of the Careers in the Public Humanities Podcast, invited me on the program to talk about my current gig as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Public Humanities at Brown University. It’s a pretty candid conversation about the life of a postdoc in higher ed these days. I also talk about public humanities,…

  • New Publication: “Mapping Violence: A Case Study on Project Development, Iterative Approaches to Data Collection and Visualization, and Collaborative Work With Undergraduates” (Design for Diversity Toolkit)

    You can now read the “case study” I authored on behalf of the Mapping Violence project for the Design for Diversity Learning Toolkit. This piece of writing focuses on an important moment in the project’s lifespan and documents our approach to collaborative and iterative work. It also highlights the many contributions undergraduates have made to Mapping Violence, offering recommendations…

  • Hyperlocal Histories and Digital Collections (DLF Forum 2018 talk)

    This is a slightly extended version of a talk I presented at the Digital Library Federation 2018 Forum, held in Las Vegas in October 2018. Thanks to students in my Fall 2017 “Digital Public Humanities” course; the Providence Public Library Special Collections department; Diane O’Donoghue; Julieanne Fontana, Angela Feng, and Jasmine Chu; Monica Muñoz Martinez; Susan Smulyan;…

  • Digital Public Humanities: Pedagogy and Praxis, Notes and Errata

    Note: This post informs my contributions to a roundtable on “Digital Humanities Pedagogy and Praxis” at the 2018 Digital Humanities Conference (#DH2018) in Mexico City, Thanks to the conference organizers and to my roundtable conveners and collaborators (Brandon Walsh, Lisa Rhody, Matt Gold, Amanda Heinrichs, James Malazita, Miriam Peña Pimentel, Paola Ricaurte Quijano, Adriana Álvarez…

  • New Project: Public Work, a public humanities podcast

    A few weeks ago Amelia Golcheski and I launched Public Work, an interview-style public humanities podcast that features lots of voices from Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage . Amelia and I have been working on Public Work since the Fall of 2017, and we’re excited to have an actual podcast out…

  • DH2017 Poster Roundup: Mapping Violence and Day of Public Humanities

    2017 marks my third trip to the biggest DH conference in the game, and for this go-round I wanted to bring the work of some of my awesome collaborators (and some of the collaborators themselves!) at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage to the event. The work documented in these…