Accolades for the Collinwood Project


“The Collinwood Fire” unites digital animation and historical research to tell the story of a 1908 elementary school fire in Collinwood, Ohio that killed 172 children. Through both the short animated film and the multimedia website, the project offers paths into thinking about the horror of the event and the historical moment that surrounded it.  

Professor Michael Newbury (American Studies) led the project as one of the DLA 2015/2016 Faculty Fellows. He worked with Arts Technologist Daniel Houghton and a team of students that included Elise Biette (‘16.5), Maddie Dai (’14), Hosain Ghassemi (’17), James Graham (’16), Justin Holmes, Chad Kahn (’16), and Sofy Maia (’16), under the auspices of the Middlebury College Animation Studio to build an animation-rich website which tells the story of the Collinwood Fire.   The website debuted in Fall of 2016, concurrent with several screenings of the animation at international film festivals.  

The DLA would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to the talented team that worked on the project.  You can read more about the project in the followling articles, and visit the Collinwood Fire website below.


The Ray & Pat Browne Electronic Site Award, Popular Culture Association, 2018

“Most Innovative Film” and “Most Creative Use of Archival Footage” awards at the VT International Film Festival, October 21, 2016

“Best Short” the Blender Conference in Amsterdam, October 28-30, 2016

“Best Ohio Short Film” at the Cleveland International Film Festival, March 29- April 9, 2017


“What Did I Just See?” written by Matt Jennings for Middlebury Magazine. January 31, 2018

Local Film and Multimedia Project Together Illuminate a Tragedy”  written by Rachel Elizabeth Jones for 7 Days. October 26, 2016

Horrific Collinwood school fire of 1908 remembered in new movie (vintage photos, video)” written by Laura DeMarco for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. October 27, 2016

Collinwood Fire Film Wins Awards at Vermont Film Festival” written by Stephen Diehl for the Middlebury News Room.  October 25, 2016.

A New Animated Short Examines What Happened in The 1908 Collinwood School Fire” radio interview by Kabir Bhatia for WKSU 89.7 (Kent State University, Ohio).  January 9, 2017.


2017 January Events

We have a packed calendar of events this J-term.   We thought we’d create a round up post so you could see everything in one place!  The Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research is coordinating the “Contemporary Teaching in the Liberal Arts” series of talks and workshops throughout J-term.  Many of our events are a part of this structure, and  you will need to click through to an external website to sign up for them.  Check out the CTLR  Pedagogy series for many more talks and workshops than we’ve shown here!

We encourage you to join us for as many of these events as you are interested in attending!


Intro to 3D Workshop

Presenters: Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts and Daniel Houghton, Academic Technology
Friday, January 13, 1:00 – 5:00, Wilson Media Lab

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in a 3D environment? Join Daniel Houghton and Kristy Golubiewski-Davis as they lead you through working with 3D for the first time. This workshop will walk you through the process of 3D scanning an object, manipulating that object in a 3D environment, and preparing scenes to be viewed online or using a 3d virtual headset. Each participant will have the opportunity to scan an object and create a virtual exhibit of previously scanned objects. No prior experience is needed for this workshop. Limit of 6 participants per session. Please contact Kristy Golubiewski-Davis ( or Daniel Houghton ( for more information.

Sign up limited to 6 participants.

Sign up for the Intro to 3D Workshop through the CTLR here.


Behind the Scenes

Desperate measures: Visulalizing the effects of abortion clinic closures in Texas

Presenter: Caitlin Myers (Economics)
Wednesday, January 25th from 12:15-1:30

Join us on Wednesday, January 25th from 12:15-1:30 for our next Behind the Scenes presentation. DLA Fellow Caitlin Myers (Economics) will present new work visualizing the effects of Texas HB-2, a law that caused more than half of Texas’ abortion clinics to close their doors in late 2013. Working with Middlebury students Anna Cerf and Birgitta Cheng, Caitlin has tracked and visualized the closures of abortion clinics across Texas using GIS tools. She combines this information with data on health outcomes to estimate how decreasing access to abortion services has impacted women’s health. 

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP through the DLA events page so we can order enough food.


New Realities at Middlebury

Presenters: Joe Antonioli, Academic Technology Group & Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, DLA Fellow
January 26, 1:30 – 3:00, Wilson Media Lab, preceded by lunch at 12:15 in the CTLR lounge

As technology advances, Middlebury strives to support it’s use in the classroom, for research, and for public outreach.  Join Joe Antonioli and Kristy Golubiewski-Davis as they demonstrate some of the most recent and exciting technologies available at Middlebury.  Stations will be set up in the Wilson Media Lab to showcase the HP 3D David Scanner, the Oculus Rift, and the Leap Motion.  Experience these technologies for yourself, learn about the current projects Middlebury is participating in, and engage in your own discussions on how you think they could push your work forward.  Please contact Joe Antonioli (jantonio@middlebury.eduor Kristy Golubiewski-Davis ( with questions.

Sign up for New Realities at Middlebury through the CTLR here.

Intro to 3D Workshop (Repeat)

Presenters: Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts and Daniel Houghton, Academic Technology
Friday, January 27, 1:00 – 5:00, Wilson Media Lab
Sign up limited to 6 participants.

Sign up for the Intro to 3D Workshop (Repeat) through the CTLR here.

Data Bootcamp

Presenters: Ryan Clement, Research Librarian, and Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts
Tuesday, January 31st, 1:00 – 4:00, Wilson Media Lab
Wednesday, February 1st, 1:00 – 4:00, Wilson Media Lab

Are you new to working with data for digital scholarship? Data Services Librarian Ryan Clement and DLA Post-Doc Kristy Golubiewski-Davis will be offering a pair of workshops that will introduce participants to the basics of working with and visualizing data as well as some helpful resources for further learning. Day one will cover “Working with Data,” including topics such as finding and interpreting data and codebooks. Day two will include cleaning and visualizing data, including creating original visualizations! Both sessions are 3 hours long and will include discussions of background concepts as well as hands-on work. Because these courses will be tailored to the participants’ interests and disciplines, please sign up by January 17th at the latest. Contact Ryan Clement ( or Kristy Golubiewski-Davis ( with questions.

Note that when you sign up, you are signing up for both the Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.

Sign up for the Data Bootcamp through the CTLR here.

Bring Your Own Data Workshop

Presenters: Ryan Clement, Research Librarian and Kristy Golubiewski-Davis, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Digital Liberal Arts
Friday, February 3rd, 1:00 – 4:00, Wilson Media Lab

Join Ryan Clement and Kristy Golubiewski-Davis in a drop-in session to collaboratively work on your data in a community setting. We encourage you to bring your own data sets for cleaning, visualization, or connecting your conceptual thoughts about your project to the data. Come for help and stay for the collaboration! If you want to work with data but don’t have a specific dataset in mind, we will have a few examples for you to play with while you’re there. Please contact Ryan Clement ( or Kristy Golubiewski-Davis ( with questions.

We encourage you to sign up below ahead of time to have an idea of how many people will attend, but please feel free to drop by during the workshop even if you haven’t signed up.

[NOTE] Please ensure that your data are cleared for viewing by other workshop participants. Any issues with confidentiality can be cleared or addressed by “greeking” the data so that confidential information is obscured.

Sign up for the Bring Your Own Data Workshop through the CTLR here.

Other Events of Note:

Moving Away from Lecturing – Practicing the Flip

Presenter: Joe Antonioli, Academic Technology Group
Tuesday, January 10, 1:30 – 3:00, Wilson Media Lab, preceded by lunch at 12:15 in the CTLR lounge

Explain an assignment in your own voice. Show students the steps you took to solve a problem. Allow students to become familiar with important software that you would like them to use in classroom activities. Introduce your students to you and the course before they enter the classroom. Panopto, a new video streaming service for Middlebury, has a screen-recording tool that allows you to record the activity on your computer and save it online to be shared with your students. The tool will also use your computer’s camera and mic to record your explanation of the material. This workshop will introduce you to the screen-recording tool and explore ways to use it. Please contact Joe Antonioli (jantonio@middlebury.eduwith questions.

Sign up for Moving away from Lecturing through the CTLR here.


Presenters: Ryan Clement and Wendy Shook, Research Librarians
Tuesday, Jan 24th, 1:30 – 3:00, Wilson  Media Lab

Let Middlebury librarians Ryan Clement and Wendy Shook help you on the next stage of your journey as a power researcher. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to save, organize, and cite sources using Zotero.

Zotero is a free, easy, and powerful citation management tool that can help scholars and researchers collect, organize, and annotate resources as well as creating citations and bibliographies using thousands of styles. Available to both Mac and PC users, with plugins available for most modern web browsers as well as Microsoft Word and Libre Office.

Sign up for Zotero through the CTLR here.


The DLA invites all faculty and staff interested in exploring themes and issues related to the digital liberal arts to join the DLA reading group. Led by Kristy Golubiewski-Davis and Jason Mittell, the reading group is an open forum for learning about the plurality of approaches and critically assessing their applications in digital scholarship and projects.  This year there will be two reading groups.

The DLA will purchase copies for participants of the newly published anthology A New Companion to Digital Humanities, 2nd Edition edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth, from which readings will be selected each month.

The Library will purchase copies of Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries edited by John White and Heather Gilbert for those who wish to have a physical copy.  A full .pdf copy can be found online here.

In order to establish a community and ongoing conversation, we ask that you commit to regularly attending the reading group for the academic year. If you are unable to attend regularly, the Behind the Scenes luncheons are an excellent “drop-in” alternative and opportunity to learn about and discuss digital work on campus.



The application period for this years reading group has passed.  If you would like to join at a latter date, please contact Kristy Golubiewski-Davis.


Each DLA Reading Group will meet once a month, on Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M. The location and specific dates of the reading groups are to be determined.  On Fridays with scheduled all faculty meetings we will end at 2:30 P.M. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please email the DLA.

Laying the Foundation: Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries meeting days:

Oct 7
Nov 4
Dec 1
Feb 3
March 3
April 7
May 5


A New Companion to Digital Humanities, 2nd Edition meeting days:

Oct 21
Nov 11
Dec 16
Feb 17
March 17
April 21
May 19



Project Spotlight: Body and Earth


Andrea Olsen, Caryn McHose, Scotty Hardwig, Daniel Houghton, Matt Lennon, Jim Coleman, Doug LeCours 

Body & Earth: Seven Web-based Somatic Exercises links the environment with the deep intelligence of the body through digital media. The seven films featured in this project move viewers through somatic exercises practiced by professional dancers and dance students amidst visually rich environments. The project included deep collaborations among a large group of performers, videographers, and educators and was filmed in local and international locations. Visit the Body & Earth website for a full list of collaborators.

Status: Completed
Departments involved: Dance, Film & Media Culture
Technologies, Platforms, & Methods: Filmmaking