Telling Stories about the Americas: Digital Humanities Tools for the Classroom

Detail, Tira de Santa Catarina de Ixtapeji (American Geographical Society Collection, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

August 4-6, 2020 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

one 90-minute virtual session each day
free for K-16 educators / sessions will also be recorded

Digital Humanities employs information technologies to research and present humanities topics in innovative and engaging ways. With the availability of free authoring tools, educators can draw from openly accessible digital collections of maps, images and other primary sources to create multimedia classroom resources.

Digital Collections (UWM Libraries), in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS), UW-Milwaukee, will offer a free, three-session workshop series focused on one such digital humanities tool: the Knight Lab’s StorymapJS.

Participants will learn tool basics and will explore the incredibly rich world of open access digital collections of Latin American Studies primary sources. In the last session, we will create a place-based narrative, using a primary resource held in the UWM American Geographical Society Library—an indigenous document from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Session 1        Overview: Creating stories about movement and place

Session 2        Digital Collections: Finding primary sources online

Session 3        Demonstration: Using StorymapJS  (University of Kansas)
recording (part 1) / 
recording (part 2)


Registration required.

Registration deadline: July 21, 2020

Cosponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of Kansas.  Both UWM and KU Centers are Title VI National Resource Centers, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education