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May 2018

“How Did You Get Here?” An Evening of Pizza and Podcasts by the Middlebury Narrative Journalism Fellows

Friday, May 4, 2018 , 6:00 pm
Axinn Center Winter Garden

"The Middlebury Fellows in Narrative Journalism -- Georgia Grace Edwards, Juliette Luini, Miyo McGinn, Sabine Poux, Julia Trencher -- have completed a year-long series of podcasts that asked students the question, "How Did You Get Here?" The fellows have crafted 15 unique and compelling digital portraits of students who have described their journeys to Middlebury. Please join us to watch and listen to these stories. Pizza and refreshments will be served!"

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Digital Fluencies 02: Algorithmic Racism

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge Middlebury, 05753 + Google Map

Please join us for lunch on Wednesday, May 9th, from 12 pm-1:30 pm in the CTLR Lounge for the second meeting in our Digital Fluencies Series. Sign up below to receive link to PDFs of readings and so we know how much lunch to order. Digital Fluencies 02: Algorithmic Racism We increasingly live in an algorithmic society, our everyday lives shaped by interactions with Google searches, social media platforms, artificial intelligence software, and myriad devices and programs that rely on…

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September 2018

Davis Digital Pedagogy Zoom Session: (Some Ideas About) How to Teach Digital Humanities—Ryan Cordell

Friday, September 21, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Videoconferenece

Davis Digital Pedagogy Zoom Session (Some Ideas About) How to Teach Digital Humanities Ryan Cordell, English and NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Northeastern University Beginning from his 2016 essay, "How Not to Teach Digital Humanities," Cordell will lead a wide-ranging conversation about effective methods for integrating computational methods into humanities courses. Since writing that essay, Cordell has continued developing a range of DH-infused courses at Northeastern University, including a first-year seminar, undergraduate classes in American literature and book history,…

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Digital Fluencies Series: Speculative Computing—Michael J. Kramer

Friday, September 28, 2018 , 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Digital Fluencies Series Speculative Computing—Michael J. Kramer Friday, September 28, 2018, 4:30-6pm With speculative computing, we moved beyond the instrumental, well-formed, and increasingly standardized business of digital humanities. We used the computer to create aesthetic provocations—visual, verbal, textual results that were surprising and unpredictable. Most importantly, we inscribed subjectivity, the basis of any and every interpretative and expressive representation, into digital environments by designing projects that showed inflection, the marked specificity of individual voice and expression, and point of view…

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October 2018

Davis Digital Pedagogy Zoom Session: The Digital Public Humanities, Giving New Arguments & New Ways to Argue—Lauren Tilton

Thursday, October 11, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Videoconferenece

This short presentation, followed by discussion, will focus on how the digital public humanities (DPH) informs pedagogy in a small liberal arts college setting. Dr. Tilton will focus on the opportunities and challenges of using DPH to engage students in ways to make scholarly arguments. She will address these issues by way of case studies: a first-year seminar; an upper-level course, and a large-scale, collaborative research project. Suggested readings: Sean McCarthy and Andrew Witmer, "Notes Toward a Values-Driven Framework for…

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Atlantic World Forum Kickoff Symposium

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs, 148 Hillcrest Road
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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A two-day symposium to begin the DLA project Atlantic World Forum: Reimagining the Online Scholarly Roundtable, Reshaping the Global Digital Humanities, Reframing Circum-Atlantic Cultural Histories. Schedule and more information available at the symposium website.

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Reanimate, An Intersectional Feminist Digital Publishing Collective—Carol Stabile

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Reanimate emerged from conversations between co-directors Roopika Risam and Carol Stabile about making archival materials that Carol used while writing her latest monograph available for her readers. This prolific body of work by women working in media and engaged in activism from the 1930s to 1950s sheds light on untold stories of the influences of race, gender, class, and other axes of identity and oppression on women in media. However, much of this writing has never been published and the…

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Digital Fluencies Series: The Technology & Ethics of Social Media & Web Harvesting—Patrick Wallace

Thursday, October 25, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Patrick Wallace (Digital Projects & Archives Librarian) will introduce a selection of current techniques used to harvest web and social media content for preservation and research.  Rather than a user tutorial or deep dive into technical arcana, the discussion will draw on examples from Special Collections’ digital projects to illustrate how popular websites and mobile applications—such as Twitter and Facebook—confound historical memory through legal and technical means. We will also explore tools and strategies available for researchers interested in preserving…

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November 2018

Movement Matters Spotlight—Scholar Norton Owen

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 , 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Mahaney Center for the Arts, Dance Theatre, 72 Porter Field Road
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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As Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow since 1990, Norton Owen oversees all programs concerning dance documentation, exhibitions, and archival resources, and coordinates many aspects of the Audience Engagement Series, including talks, program essays, and curating Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. He first came to the Pillow as a student in 1976, and has served in a multitude of positions, including Assistant to the Director, House Manager, and Director of Educational Programs. In 2000, Dance/USA selected him for its Ernie Award,…

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Digital Fluencies Series: Digital Publishing, Problems & Possibilities—Mike Roy

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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This session broaches the topic of digital publishing. What does it mean to be publishing scholarship online? How do new modes of digital publishing and scholarly communication relate to older print and face-to-face models? What is worth preserving from older systems and what begs for radical transformation and reinvention? How are both the financial and status economies of academia changing with the transition to digital publishing? Mike Roy, Dean of the Library and long-time thinker about digital publishing and scholarly…

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Davis Digital Pedagogy Zoom Session: Using An Editorial Pedagogy to Peer Review Students’ Multimodal Texts—Cheryl Ball

Thursday, November 15, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Zoom Videoconferenece

In this session, Dr. Cheryl Ball will discuss the crossover work between editing the peer-reviewed journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy and teaching students how to assess their own scholarly multimedia texts (i.e., research-based digital media projects). This rhetorically based framework asks instructors to help students create assessment criteria based on the specific audience, genre, and context of their writing and can be applied across disciplines and project types. Dr. Ball will share sample student projects to discuss; participants may bring…

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Behind the Scenes: Glossing the Glossary, Digital Approaches to Paratexts and Power in Arabic Literature—Dima Ayoub

Thursday, November 29, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Using Edward Said’s notion of the contrapuntal, Dima Ayoub discusses how, in her research on Arabic-to-English translations, digital modes of analysis facilitate a concurrent process of close and distant readings of paratexts (the ancillary materials that surround texts, such as glossaries). In this work, digital analysis brings to the surface surprising power dynamics—in terms of gender, colonialism, and other key topics—lurking quite literally on the margins and edges of literary texts. Readings: Mari Roy '20 and Will O'Neal '20, "Two…

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December 2018

Digital Fluencies Series: Misinformation & Bots/Sockpuppets—Amy Collier

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 , 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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What role do bots (automated fake social media accounts) and sockpuppets (human-operated fake social media accounts) play in our digital information environments? How do you spot a bot or sockpuppet and try understand their influence? In this session, we will discuss the traits of bots/sockpuppets, how they infiltrate digital “public” spheres, and how to combat them. Lunch will be served. Please sign up below. Facilitated by Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning.   What Is the Digital Fluencies Series? The Digital…

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Behind the Scenes: Animating Biology, A Collaboration Between A Biologist & the Middlebury Animation Studio—Grace Spatafora, Michelle Lehman & Daniel Houghton

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 , 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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How does a biologist collaborate with a student animator to visualize her research? Please join us for a conversation with Heinz-Given Professor of the Pre-medical Sciences Grace Spatafora, student animator Michelle Lehman, and Middlebury Animation Studio Director Daniel Houghton. Lunch will be served. Please sign up below so we can provide as accurate an amount of food as possible.

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January 2019

Software Carpentry Workshop

Thursday, January 17 , 9:00 am - Friday, January 18 , 5:00 pm
Goldsmith Lounge, Virtue Field House, Middlebury College Middlebury, 05753 United States + Google Map

On January 17-18, 2019, Middlebury is hosting a Software Carpentry workshop for faculty, staff, and students. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Middlebury Library, the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (DLA), and the Director of the Sciences. The Carpentries are a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives. They teach skills that are immediately useful for researchers, using lessons and datasets that allow researchers to quickly apply what they’ve learned to their own work.…

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