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October 2018

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
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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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February 2019

Behind the Scenes: “Inauthentic” Uses of Authentic Materials, Visual and Linguistic Analysis of Manga—Sayaka Abe

Thursday, February 21 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Sayaka Abe presents her analysis of Japanese emotion concepts drawn from mangaas a possible medium for language pedagogy. In contrast to traditional textbooks, her research imagines authentic materials such as manga as rich sources of social situations captured through words, images, and stories. Informed by theories of lexicon, grammar, and cognition, this talk will explore two aspects of digital technology: first, how it can contribute to a more systematic understanding of language and affect within linguistic study; and second, how it can help…

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Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series: Blockchain in the Liberal Arts? Emerging Opportunities for a Sustainable Society—Frank van Gansbeke

Wednesday, February 27 , 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Franklin Environmental Center, The Orchard, 531 College Street
Middlebury, 05753 United States
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Digital Fluencies Series: What’s Fair (and What’s Not) in Digital Fair Use?—Terry Simpkins & Hannah Ross

Thursday, February 28 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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The "fair use" section of the U.S. Code (17 U.S. Code §107) contains barely 170 words, and yet these few words have enormous consequences for many crucial spheres of activity in our society.  Fair use allows journalists to quote sources in their reporting, reviewers and commenters to reproduce portions of works under discussion, and provides researchers with the freedom to build upon ideas and discoveries that have preceded them.  In other words, it is a key component in the promotion…

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March 2019

Digital Fluencies: Got Access? Integrating Inclusive Design Into Our Digital Practices—Advisory Group on Disability Access and Inclusion (AGDAI)

Thursday, March 14 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Digital environments can robustly foster access, inclusion, and full participation. They also can disadvantage and exclude. This interactive session spotlights simple ways to reduce barriers using digital tool and spaces, and ways to promote accessibility within digital worlds. No prior experience or preparation required. Curiosity and lived wisdom welcome. Please sign up. Lunch will be served. Co-sponsored with DLINQ, Advisory Group on Disability Access and Inclusion, and Middlebury’s Universal Design for Learning Collective. Image from John Maeda's Design in Tech Report.

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April 2019

Behind the Scenes: Exploring Musical Phylogeny with Deep Learning—Jason Grant, Christian Chiang ’20 & Peter Sergay ‘22

Thursday, April 11 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
CTLR Lounge, 110 Storrs Avenue
Middlebury, VT 05753 United States
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Does all classical music sound alike? Who sampled whom? Through the use of machine learning and clustering techniques, we are attempting to answer these and similar questions. The presentation will also highlight the potential for machine learning techniques such as Generative Adversarial Networks to create new music in the style of classical composers. Please sign up. Lunch will be served.

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