Digital Humanities Lab


We welcome partnering with existing interest groups and initiatives on campus.  If you would like to ask us to host a speaker, workshop or other digital humanities related event, please contact Ann Hanlon ( for more information. See Past Events

Spring 2021 (all events are virtual; all times are Central time)

Monday, February 22 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Viral History: Documenting COVID-19
Chris Cantwell, Assistant Professor of History, UWM; Jonathan Nelson, Collection Development Archivist, Wisconsin Historical Society; Moderated by Derek Webb, Head of UWM Archives

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The COVID-19 crisis was and is a lived historical moment that historians and the community were eager to capture as it happened. Chris Cantwell, UWM Assistant Professor of History, and Jon Nelson, Collection Development Archivist for the Wisconsin Historical Society, will discuss two projects aimed at collecting stories, images, and objects from the community that express the impact of the crisis on daily life. The COVID-19 MKE digital archive and the COVID-19 Journal Project had similar aims and different collecting strategies – one focused on the digital and the latter emphasizing journaling as a mode of expression. Join us for a discussion about how these projects developed, how the artifacts collected speak to our experience, and the implications for community sourced documentation.

Thursday, March 11 | 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Pattern and Code (workshop)
Ahree Lee, multi-media artist working in video, photography, sound and interactive installations (

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Did you know the first computer program was written by a woman and that the design of the first computers was inspired by the jacquard weaving loom? New media and textile artist Ahree Lee will share her most recent body of work, which explores the interconnections between weaving and computing, and the often-overlooked but essential role of women in the development of coding. Additionally she will lead participants in a weaving activity to experience the interconnections between fiber-related arts and computing through hands-on making. The DH Lab will mail weaving supplies to participants ahead of the workshop date. 

Wednesday, March 17 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
A Celebration of World Water Day: Mapping the Connections among Indigenous People
Margaret Noodin, College of Letters & Science, Stacie Sheldon, User Experience Researcher and Web Designer, Lacey Meyers, Content Editor, and Willow Lovecky, Content Editor; with introduction by Melissa Scanlan, Director of the Center for Water Policy, School of Freshwater Sciences

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The Mapping Indigenous Connections project provides a visual guide to the many Native American nations that are part of the Anishinaabe Confederacy. Led by Margaret Noodin, 2019-2020 Water Policy Scholar, the project focuses on more than 140 Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi nations. Linked by the Anishinaabemowin language, these communities are located around the western Great Lakes. Join us for a discussion about the possibilities and limitations of visualizing community via mapping, and how projects like this can recenter ideas of identity, such as relating to a water body, in a digital space. This event is in celebration of the U.N.’s World Water Day and co-sponsored by the Center for Water Policy, UWM School of Freshwater Sciences and Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education.

Wednesday, March 31 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Voices of Gun Violence: Collaboration in the Digital Humanities
Barbra Beck, Associate Professor of Public Health at Carroll University, Portia Cobb, Associate Professor of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UWM, Debra Gillispie, Founder of Mothers Against Gun Violence, Leslie Harris, Associate Professor of Communication at UWM, Erin Sahlstein Parcell, Associate Professor of Communication at UWM, Michelle Trujillo, Associate Lecturer Professor of Film, Video, Animation & New Genres at UWM, Kaija Zusevics, Associate Researcher at the Center for Urban Population Health

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Voices of Gun Violence is a public digital humanities project that offers a platform for the often untold stories of gun violence in the Milwaukee area. The project bridges contributions ranging from community members, to public health scholars, to visual and audio arts experts. In this round table we will discuss common issues that arise from complex collaborations, and we will have plenty of time for discussion. Questions include: How can a project sustain meaningful community/academic collaboration? How can the digital humanities offer a platform for scholars ranging from the sciences to the arts? What processes help the development of collaboration? What are different ways that we can think about products that emerge from the digital humanities?

Wednesday, April 28 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Digital Humanities Lab Teaching Fellows: Panel Discussion
Krista Grensavitch, History and Women’s and Gender Studies; Danielle Harms, English; Maureen McKnight, English; Amanda Seligman, History; Moderated by Kate Ganski, UWM Libraries

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Join the DH Lab’s 2020-21 Teaching Fellows cohort for a thoughtful discussion about the integration of DH methods and tools in their fall 2020 classes, the impact of the pandemic on teaching, and how technology closed some loops and reconnected others.