Digital Humanities Lab: Past Events

West Wisconsin Avenue, V-J Day celebration downtown. Milwaukee Neighborhoods Digital CollectionPhoto: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Dennis Wierzba Negatives, 1941-1957

Spring 2018 events

February 16 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM – Lessons Learned: Panel Discussion of Process and Products by the First Cohort of the Collaborative Research Team Development Grants (Office of Research)

February 19 | 3:00 PM – “Working on it” GIS and High Performance Computing, Dan Siercks, L&S IT, Stephen Appel, UWM Libraries, Wei Xu, PhD Candidate, Geography
Learn about progress (and obstacles) to developing a geocoder for big datasets, and how high performance computing has been put to use to enable research with GIS data.

Humanitarian Open Street Map Mapathons, Led by the UWM GIS Club
February 23 | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March 30 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
April 27 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

March 2 | 12:00 PMData Visualization 101 Workshop: Make Better Charts
Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries
With the trend toward collecting ever more data, it’s increasingly important to present that data effectively. Often, that means with a chart. This sessions reviews how to pick the right chart for your data and how to streamline that chart to best tell your story.

March 6 | 4:00 PMThe Impact of Open Textbooks in Large Enrollment Courses
Han Joo Lee, Psychology, Dawn Erb, Astronomy, Kristin Woodward, UWM Libraries, Amy Mangrich, CETL
Open textbook adoption can have a big impact in large courses. Students save the high cost of traditional introductory textbooks and gain the flexibility and access to high quality, mobile friendly version that can be adapted to specific course goals. Psychology 101 and Astronomy 103 are among the early adopters of Open Textbooks at UWM. More information

March 9 | 12:00 PMData Visualization 102 Workshop: Workshop Your Charts
Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries
Discuss and improve your own visualization by working through the framework established in Data Visualization 101. Please bring a dataset with you to this workshop. Prior attendance at Data Visualization 101 strongly encouraged.

March 28 | 3:30 PM Curating your Online Presence
Chris Cantwell, UWM History and Jaclyn Kelly, Milwaukee Public Museum
How can you exercise some control over your online presence, especially if you are about to jump into the job market? How do your social media personas and professional online personas overlap? And how can you think about curating your professional online persona for best effect, with an eye toward your social media presence as well? Join us for a discussion aimed especially at undergrad and graduate students who are about to enter the job market.

April 4 | 3:00 PM – Look Here! How Artists use Library Collections to Make New Work: A Panel Discussion
Look Here! Artists and UWM Librarians
The Look Here! initiative asked artists from RedLine Community Art Studio and Peck School of the Arts to create projects that reimagine, transform, and engage with the objects in the UWM Libraries unique collections, especially our Digital Collections, in ways that were unimagined before the digital turn. Join us for a discussion with the artists and librarians to uncover what we’ve learned about reimagining our own collections.

April 6 | 12:00 PM – Visualizing Asia: Images | History | Digital (brown bag discussion)
Julia Adenay Thomas, Associate Professor of History, Notre Dame University
Please note location change – this event will take place in the History Department, Holton Hall

April 10 | drop in anytime between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PMDigital Pedagogy Fair
UWM Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants
Are you curious about the possibilities for including a multi-modal or digital project in your class but wonder about the technology, learning outcomes, or you’d simply like some great examples? Then join us for a “Digital Pedagogy Fair” in the Digital Humanities Lab on Tuesday, April 10th. Drop in anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to learn how faculty, instructors, and teaching assistants at UWM are integrating digital and multi-media assignments in the classroom. Stations will feature specific assignments, tools and methods used, and learning outcomes. Refreshments while they last!


April 24 | 2:00 PMWorkshop: Cheap 3D Scanning
Dr. Gabriel Menotti, Lecturer in Editing and Multimedia at Ufes (Brazil), Fulbright Visiting Scholar at C21-UWM
This workshop introduces techniques for 3D scanning with photogrammetry, which employs regular photographic cameras and consumer-grade software. Participants will be able to explore the uses and misuses of 3D replication in fields such as cultural heritage, filmmaking, and new media arts.

Dr. Menotti will speak on “3D Replication Technologies – Digital Artifacts for the Radical Mediation of History” on April 20th at 3:30 p.m. at the Center for 21st Century Studies in Curtin 118, More information here:

April 26 | 3:00 PMOpportunities with High Performance Computing in the Humanities
Dan Siercks, L&S IT

April 27 | 12:30 PM, UWM Libraries DH Lab – Videographic Criticism: What Is It, Why You Should Be Doing It, Dr. Bridget Kies and Allain Daigle. Join us for a workshop designed to introduce media scholars to the practice of videographic criticism. The workshop will provide an overview of video criticism models, free resources, and participants will engage in a series of introductory exercises. The workshop is primarily aimed at graduate students, but we also welcome interested faculty members. To ensure a workshop experience, space is limited – please email to reserve a place in the workshop.

April 27 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Merrill Hall, Room 131Slow Burn: A Conversation about Impeachment, the Presidency, and Podcasting, Leon Neyfakh, Slate Magazine and Mitch Teich, WUWM

Join us in Merrill Hall when Neyfakh sits down with WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee NPR’s Mitch Teich for a live conversation on presidential politics both past and present. The two will talk about the congressional aides whose research uncovered Watergate’s scope, the many ways politicians attempted to cover up wrong doing, and how this history may help make sense of our current political climate. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask a political historian about the past’s enduring relevance. Sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies and WUWM 89.7 FM – Milwaukee’s NPR, with additional support from the Department of History, the UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, and Journalism and Media Studies. More information here:

Fall 2017 events (August – December 2017)

September 20 | 4:00 PMDigital Pedagogy Demonstration:
Gigapixel for Historical Methods
Jasmine Alinder, UWM History

September 27 | 4:00 PMDigital Pedagogy Workshop:
Ann Hanlon, UWM Libraries

October 4 | 3:00 PMStudent Learning and the BLC Field School
Arijit Sen (Architecture), Guha Shankar (American Folklife Center, Library of Congress), Chelsea Wait (Doctoral Student), Kaitlin Malliet (Graduate Student), Bella Biwer (Undergraduate Student)

October 6 | 12:00 PM
Data Management Workshop
Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries

October 6 | 1:30 PM
HASTAC Scholars Information Session

October 11 | 3:00 PM – “Working on it” Research Round Tables:
Visualizing Pharmaceuticals Funding Networks with R Shiny
Scott Graham, UWM English
Co-sponsored by the UWM Office of Research

October 13 | 2:30 – 4:30 PM – From the Office of Research: Writing Collaborative Proposals: Learning from Experience.”  Many federal and non-federal funders are supporting research projects that involve multiple collaborators across a variety of disciplines, but developing collaborative proposals can be challenging. If you are interested in learning how to write successful proposals with your collaborators, the Office of Research is hosting the panel discussion Writing Collaborative Proposals: Learning From Experience. UWM faculty panelists will share what worked – and what didn’t work in developing their research collaborations, and offer suggestions on how to identify and overcome obstacles.

October 18 | 3:00 PM – “Working on it” Research Round Tables:
Next Generation PhD
Jason Puskar, UWM English
Co-sponsored by the UWM Office of Research

November 2 | 3:30 PMDirections in DH:
Victorian Prehistory of the Digital
Jason Puskar, UWM English

November 7 | 4-5 PM – Getting Access to Public Information: Demystifying the Open Records Process
Jessica McBride, Senior Lecturer Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies;
Julie Kipp, UWM Public Records Custodian; and
Matt Richardson, SmartWave CEO and Milwaukee Open Data advocate.

November 16 | 3:30 PMDirections in DH:
The Overpass Light Brigade and Spaces of Appearance
Lane Hall, UWM English and Lisa Moline, PSOA

December 1 | 12:00 PM – Data Visualization Workshop
Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries

December 6 | 2:00 PM – “Working on it” Research Round Tables:
The World After Us: Speculative Media Sculpture Project
Nathaniel Stern, UWM PSOA and Carol J Hirschmugl, UWM Physics
Co-sponsored by the UWM Office of Research

December 15 | 10:00 AM – 12:30 PMArt and Fair Use Workshop, Tomas Lipinski, UWM SOIS.

Spring 2017 events (January – May 2017)

February 14 | 4:00 PMData Management 101: Love Your Data, Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries. Does your research data need a little love? Come to this special Valentine’s Day session to learn how to manage it better. Instead of chocolate and flowers, we’ll be covering backups, documentation, and much more!

February 16 | 4:30 PM Twitter Scraping Workshop, led by Dan Siercks, L&S IT. Learn about using R to directly access Twitter data for scraping and analysis, and explore and visualize timelines, hashtags and “following” information systematically across multiple Twitter accounts

February 17 | 3:30 PM Serious Play: NAGG: Not A Gamer’s Girlfriend, Krista-Lee Malone, UWM, This group is [a] gaming group dedicated for women by women,” reads the first Facebook post explaining NAGG. NAGG, which stands for Not A Gamer’s Girlfriend, was started in August 2016. It is the latest attempt to create a women-centered space through the geek bar 42 Lounge.

February 21 | 1:00 PMStopping Fake News: The Work Practices of Peer-to-Peer Counter Propaganda, Maria Haigh, UWM School of Information Studies. The Ukrainian website has turned fact checking into a counter-propaganda weapon in the country’s conflict with Russia. Faced with a coordinated campaign in which paid social media trolls and Russian state media work together to propagate fake news, in a process we dub “peer-to-peer propaganda,” the StopFake team has combined the kind of online media monitoring described by Pablo Boczkowski with a mission inspired by Western fact checking sites. Their aim is to interrupt the spread of fake news stories by having rebuttals shared on social media. We document the history of this group, describe its work practices, and situate them within previous analyses of online news dissemination. This case illustrates that virtual Internet groups can, at least in the short term, undertake work that once required a centralized, well-financed team. StopFake is a test case for journalistic resistance to state-sponsored fake news campaigns which shows some promise in bringing attention to the problem via social media shares and international coverage in traditional media. The study is a collaborative work of Maria Haigh (UWM), Thomas Haigh (UWM), and Nadine Kozak (UWM) with StopFake journalists.

March 3 | 1:00 PMWhy is it so hard to agree on the facts? Objectivity, institutional facts, and the contested epistemology of fact-checking, Lucas Graves, UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication. What a journalism review called the “fact-checking explosion” in American journalism revolves around a very specific mission: to hold public figures accountable for false or misleading claims. The reporters who practice this kind of journalism form an increasingly self-aware movement within the profession, one grounded in a shared critique of conventional, “he said, she said” objective reporting. What are the origins of this controversial style of news, and how does it challenge conventional notions of objectivity? This talk reviews the roots of political fact-checking within the “interpretive community” of US journalism, and then offers a provisional epistemology of fact-checking grounded in the notion of “institutional facts.” Such facts are much less stable than we sometimes suppose, and help to account for both fact-checking practices and the controversy they invite. Sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG), School of Information Studies, the Center for 21st Century Studies, and the DH Lab.

March 10 | 12:00 PMData Visualization 101: Make Better Charts, Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries. With the trend toward collecting ever more data, it’s increasingly important to present that data effectively. Often, that means with a chart. This sessions reviews how to pick the right chart for your data and how to streamline that chart to best tell your story.

March 16 | 11:00 AMGIS Data for Earth and Environmental Sciences (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

March 27 | 4:00 PMThe Orange Story: a Cinematic Digital History Project, Jasmine Alinder, UWM History (and student researchers). The Orange Story is the first installment in a larger project called  “Japanese American WWII Confinement: A Cinematic Digital History Project” that combines originally-scripted narrative film with historically-grounded archival content in a seamless online experience. Alinder and her student researchers are working closely with filmmakers and web designers to research, design, and curate the archival sections of the project. Funded by the National Park Service’s Japanese American Confinement Sites grant, it is an innovative project that seeks to leverage the emotional power of historically-based fiction film to engage audiences, particularly high school and college students, who might not be familiar with this history.

March 29 | 3:30 PMIntroduction to Interactivity, Nathaniel Stern, UWM PSOA. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the basics of motion-tracking, body-tracking, and amplitude-tracking towards interactivity and real-time effects, using Cycling74’s development environment, Max. They will see how input data is analyzed for computers to “understand” these interactions and have the opportunity to produce one small, creative project

March 30 | 2:00 – 4:00 PMGit and Github: Version Tracking for the Humanities, Geoff Gimse, UWM English. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to Git, version tracking, and the GitHub platform and why these tools have become so useful for scholars in the digital humanities. Participants will learn how to use and create Git repositories, add and commit files, and create and manage different branches of their projects. During this workshop, participants will also use the collaborative tools that GitHub provides, working on creating issues, forking repositories, and merging submissions from other users. At the end of the session, users should have a general idea of how to use Git and the GitHub platform. They will understand the differences between the two, be able to make decisions about when to use them, and be better prepared to use them for managing their own projects.

This workshop is geared for audiences who are interested in learning about how version tracking works, how GitHub encourages collaborative development, and how these tools might be useful in their online projects and documents. In particular, this workshop is aimed at humanities scholars who may be producing digital texts with or without programmatic elements. It does not require any previous experience with programming or software development.

March 31 | 3:30 PM – Serious Play: Consoles, Platforms and Identity (and your student loan).

April 3 | 12 PMThe Challenges of Digital Humanities, Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder, Boston College Law School. Come to the DH Lab for an informal discussion with Dr. Mary Sarah Bilder about the Challenges of Digital Humanities projects. Prof. Bilder will discuss aspects of the digital research for her prize-winning book Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention and her prize-winning bibliography DH project Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Colonies: An Annotated Digital CatalogMary Sarah Bilder is Founders Professor of Law at Boston College Law School. She holds a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in the History of American Civilization/American Studies from Harvard University.

Prof. Bilder will be delivering the inaugural Jere McGaffey lecture (based on the book) in Greene Hall at 3:30 p.m.

April 3 | 5:00 PM – Somos Latinas, Eloisa Gómez, M.S., and Dr. Andrea Teresa “Tess” ArenasThe Somos Latinas History Project is a community based research project comprised of interviews and archival collections of Latina activists of Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Historical Society.

April 5 | 12:00 PMBrown Bag with Lisa Park, Join us for an informal workshop/brown bag session with Artists Now! guest lecturer, Lisa Park. Lisa Park has developed a series of performances using EEG (brainwave sensor) as a vehicle for manifesting her inner states and to obtain a real-time feedback of her thoughts and emotional reactions. Park is a recipient of New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in the category of Digital/Electronic Arts and she is a member of NEW INC, New Museum’s first museum-led incubator program in art, technology, and design since Fall 2014. Ms. Park will engage DH Lab attendees with a demo of biometric feedback and discuss her experience and advice working with digital/electronic tools, art, and performance.

April 13 | 11:00 AMGIS Data for the Social Sciences and Humanities (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

April 18 | 12:00 PM Endangered Data Brown Bag Discussion, Join us for a discussion to kick off Endangered Data week. We will review two current articles on data rescue efforts:

April 20 | 2:00-4:00 PMDocument Management and Workflow using GitHub, Geoff Gimse, UWM English. This workshop will focus on the use of GitHub and Git for document management and development. As part of the workshop, users will learn about different markup languages (AsciiDoc, reStructuredText, and Markdown), why they were developed, and how they are used today. They will then discover how these languages work as part of a documentation management and publication toolchain and how those toolchains work to provide greater flexibility for authors and greater access for different audiences. Participants will then walk through the creation of a sample document workflow using Git and GitHub. This workshop will take users a bit deeper into certain aspects of Git and will introduce them to several different tools that can aid in creating accessible and open documents ready for multiple presentation formats. While these topics will be more in-depth, users of all skill levels are welcome to attend and follow along.

This workshop is geared for audiences that are interested in working with, collaborating on, and managing digital texts and publications in Git and Github. It will be particularly useful scholars interested in open and collaborative publishing in a variety of contexts. While this will be a deeper dive into a specific use-case for Git and Github, no previous experience with design or development is required.

April 21 | 12:00-2:00 PM, Live webinars on Endangered Data:

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Live webinar: Endangered Accountability: A DLF-Sponsored Webinar on FOIA, Government Data, and Transparency. Join members of the Digital Library Federation’s new working group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability for a live conversation about government data and records transparency. In this webinar, we’ll dig below the headlines to talk about the current state of FOIA, the difference between “records” and “data,” and what, actually, is at risk in this current moment. Featuring presentations by Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation, Denice Ross from New America, and Deputy Director Nikki Gramian and Management Analyst Amy Bennett from the National Archives FOIA Ombudsman’s Office.

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Live webinar: Raising Awareness and Engaging your Community through DataRescue. DataRescue events to archive Government data and web content have exploded across the Nation. In this webinar, U of Minnesota Government Documents Librarian, Alicia Kubas, will talk about the context for this initiative, the process of hosting a DataRescue event, and how it can mobilize your community and bring awareness to the issue of vulnerable online Government information.

April 21 | 3:30 PM – Serious Play: Game Studies – a career in that?

April 28 | 1:00 PM – Visualizing U.S. Census Data (workshop), Stephen Appel, American Geographical Society Library

May 5 | 3:30 PMSerious Play: Wrap-up session

May 12 | 12:00 PM – Internet Privacy Workshop, Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries. New FCC privacy rules have prompted consumer concerns about the privacy of their information online. This workshop will cover privacy tools and strategies for keeping your information safe on the internet.

All events take place in the Digital Humanities Lab, 2nd floor east, Golda Meir Library

Fall 2016 events (September – December 2016)

September 28 | 12:00-1:00 – Digital Pedagogy Brown Bag: Viral media mashups, Remixes, and Fair Use in the Classroom, led by Marc Tasman. Bring your lunch!

October 5 | 4:00-5:30 Newest Americans: Stories from the Global City: In a series of presentations and interactive conversations, Newest Americans co-directors Tim Raphael and Julie Winokur will discuss how their documentary and storytelling project is salvaging local immigrant histories in and around Newark, NJ. Newest Americans works with grassroots organizations and local communities to bring to public attention the lives and voices of people that have been underrepresented in official histories. They will speak about some of their projects and collaborations and share how they employ the methods, mediums and practices of storytelling to engage and empower local communities in innovative ways. Raphael and Winokur will describe how their collaboration brought together a public university, a media production company, and a photography agency to develop dynamic storytelling around contemporary and archival materials. They will share how this effort has resulted in numerous public forums, curriculum development, an online multimedia publication, and distribution of the content through major media outlets including the New York Times, National Geographic, and The Atlantic.

This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures, the Chipstone Foundation, DH Lab at the UWM Libraries, and The Center for 21st Century Studies.

October 12 | 12:00-1:00Digital Pedagogy Brown Bag: Classroom Uses for the Twine Platform, Kris Purzycki, DH Lab Intern and UWM English. As part of our series of brown-bag discussions on using media and technology in the classroom, Kristopher Purzycki shares his recent experiences teaching with the Twine platform. Twine is a hypertext story creation tool that offers users an easy, accessible way to quickly build digital texts. Twine may be found at

October 14 | 12:00-1:00Data Management 101, Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian. Are you frustrated with disorganized research data? ‘Data Management 101’ covers the basics of taking care of your research data, so you don’t have to fight your data to do your research.

October 25 | 1:30-2:30 – Milwaukee Data: An Introduction. Come learn more about the data that describes your city and how you can find it, use it, and work to make more of it available. A team of librarians will be your guides!

October 27 | 12:00-1:00 – Open Access Week Brown Bag: Books in the UWM Digital Commons, Caroline Seymour-Jorn and Matthew Knachel. Join us for a discussion of two open access books published recently by UWM authors in the UWM Digital Commons. Caroline Seymour-Jorn, Associate Professor at the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature, will share her experience composing a media enriched translation of Ibtihal Salem’s A Small Box in the Heart. Matthew Knachel, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, will talk about writing an open access textbook for his Informal Logic course, Fundamentals Methods of Logic.

October 28 | 3:30-5:00Serious Play presents: New Models of Game Publishing: Early Access, Steam Greenlight, Episodic Games and Narrative, presented by Justin Schumaker. With the rise of Steam’s Early Access and Green Light features, game developers increasingly release incomplete games in alpha and beta builds. This shift in the game development industry requires a rethinking of play and narrative. Releasing early access games and asking for community feedback is becoming a replacement model for game testing and quality assurance. In a sense, this kind of play is free labor for game developers. When considering narrative, players often get incomplete and episodic narratives; they consume narrative at a slower pace than previous release models. This talk attempts to navigate this transformation through unfinished independent point and click adventure game Kentucky Route Zero (2013-Present) which has released roughly one chapter annually since 2013. The time between releases gives players a meditative period to reflect on narrative and gameplay. There is no rush to consume all of the content at once as it hasn’t been released. This talk represents an opportunity for the Serious Play group to think about changes in the industry and narrative as suggested by periodic releases of Kentucky Route Zero’s Chapters.

November 2 | 4:00-5:00Directions in Digital Humanities: The Music of Leo Kottke: Mining the Archives to Develop Pedagogical Materials, John Stropes, Director of Guitar Studies, PSOA, Benjamin Kammin, Josh Lane.

The music which is today referred to as finger-style guitar has its roots in parlor style guitar of the 1800s, Delta blues, the ragtime influenced country blues of the eastern seaboard, Hawaiian lap style and slack key guitar, country guitar, and folk music. In the 1960s, aspects of all of these traditions were in motion, and finger-style guitar began its transition from a vernacular to an art music. Integral to this transition was composer/performer Leo Kottke.

Leo Kottke’s career began in the late 1960s and continues to this day. He plays approximately 80 concerts per year, and has released 30 recordings which are made up of 200 original compositions and 75 covers. Our collection of material consists of 300 hours of concert audio and video along with set lists and concert ephemera; 100 hours of interviews and documentation video; recordings of television and radio appearances; all commercial audio and video; print articles, previews, and reviews; analyses and transcriptions derived from this collection; and other items.

The archives present us with the opportunity to reconfigure concepts, substantive foci, and methodologies of ethnomusicology and to develop new pedagogical approaches. By including scholarship derived from the collection, information organization and retrieval systems may be used to illuminate the genesis and evolution of each composition. An analysis of Leo Kottke’s compositions which were released originally in 1969 on his seminal recording Leo Kottke/6- and 12-String Guitar will demonstrate the utility of these approaches in the development of pedagogical materials.

November 4 | 12:00-1:00Writing a Data Management Plan, Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian. Many research grants now require a 2-page data management plan describing how data will be handled during and after a project. This session will review the components of a data management plan and how to write a good plan.

November 15 | 12:00-1:00Brown bag discussion on Milwaukee Community Data, with Matt Richardson, Milwaukee Community Database Project Director and Founder, Milwaukee Data Initiative

November 16 | 4:00-5:00Directions in Digital Humanities: The Digital Yiddish Theater Project, Joel Berkowitz, Director, Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies

November 30 | 4:00-5:00Directions in Digital Humanities: Opportunities with High Performance Computing for the Humanities, Dan Siercks, College of Letters and Science Information Technology Office

December 7 | 12:00-1:00 Look Here! Satellite Landscapes: A brown bag discussion with Jenny Odell, Visiting artist, Stanford University. An informal discussion with artist Jenny Odell, whose work includes Satellite Landscapes, works created by capturing infrastructural elements from Google Earth, and  The Bureau of Suspended Objects, an archive of discarded objects.

December 14 | 12:00-1:00 – User-Centered Digital Public History: a brown bag discussion with Sharon Leon. Sharon Leon is Director of Public Projects at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Associate Professor of History at George Mason University.


Spring 2016 Events (January – May 2016)

  • February 9 | 11-12:30 – Twitter for Academics (workshop), presented by Kristin Briney
  • February 12 | 2:00-3:30 – Serious Play Discussion: Identity Negotiation in RPGs with Krista-Lee Malone
  • February 23 | 1:00-3:30 – Geek Week event: Playing with Data
  • February 24 | 6:30 – Technophiles Podcast: Remixing Culture with guest, Marc Tasman
  • February 25 – Data for the Humanities: Workshop and Discussion, presented byJustin Schell, Head of Shapiro Design Lab, University of Michigan Library, andThomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Michigan State University. Co-sponsored by the DH Lab, the Year of the Humanities, the Social Studies of Information Research Group (SSIRG) and the UWM Libraries.
    • 10:00 – 12:00 noonMaking things with Humanities Data: A Workshop: This workshop will present several use-cases to demonstrate how arts and humanities projects can use data, what factors to consider, and strategies and tools to employ, including approaches to project design. In particular, the workshop will consider data for the humanities in the context of digital archival collections as a data source.
    • 3:00 – 4:30What is Humanities Data: A discussion with Justin Schell and Thomas Padilla. What is humanities data? Have we been using it along? And where is it? Join our speakers for a critical discussion focused on the idea of data in the humanities, the scope of available (and unavailable data) and what it means to create meaning from data sets.
  • February 29 | 11-12:30 – CartoDB Workshop presented by Eliza Bettinger
  • March 10 | 11-12:30 – LaTEX Workshop presented by Nathan Humpal
  • March 22 | 2:30 – Directions in Digital Humanities: We Didn’t Start the Fire…But We Tweeted About It, presented by Genevieve McBride (UWM History), Jaclyn Kelly, (Milwaukee Public Museum), and UWM graduate students Samantha Schwarz and Margaret Spiegel. Join us for a discussion of McBride and Kelly’s collaborative effort / pilot-project to live-tweet a historical reenactment of the 1892 Third Ward Fire in Milwaukee. The project was part of a graduate seminar on History of the Heartland: The American Midwest.
  • March 23 | 6:30 – Technophiles Podcast: Modernizing the Museum, Guests Julian Jackson (head of exhibits) and Greg Post (IT director), Milwaukee Public Museum
  • March 25 | 10:00AM – Community-engaged DH. An informal discussion with Laurie Marks. The DH Lab will host an informal coffee and discussion open to anyone interested in community engaged work, and curious about how digital scholarship and digital humanities research can intersect with and impact that work. Laurie Marks from the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research will discuss engaged work done at her center, and moderate the discussion. Faculty actively working in this area will also share their projects.
  • March 25 | 2:00PM – Harun Farocki’s Parallel I-IV. Carl Bogner, Senior Lecturer and Graduate Faculty in the UWM Department of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, will share a discussion around Parallel I-IV (2012-2014), Harun Farocki’s four-part video essay gauging the construction, visual landscape, and inherent rules of computer-animated worlds. Farocki: “Computer animations are currently becoming a general model, surpassing film. In films, there is the wind that blows and the wind that is produced by a wind machine. Computer images do not have two kinds of wind.”
  • April 20 | 6:30 – Technophiles Podcast: Filament Games with guest, Dan Norton
  • April 22 | 2:00-4:00PM – Natasha Schüll, New York University. Addiction by Design: From Slot Machines to Candy Crush. Slot machines, revamped by ever-more compelling technological innovations, have unseated traditional table games as the gambling industry’s revenue mainstay. Along the way, they have earned such nicknames as “electronic morphine” and the “crack cocaine of gambling.” Does problem machine gambling stem from inside the device, from inside the gambler, or from the interaction between the two? Drawing on fifteen years of research among game engineers and machine gamblers in Las Vegas, Natasha Schüll will take the audience “inside the machine” to explore how contemporary slot machines—their game algorithms, their cash access systems, their ergonomic design—facilitate gamblers’ escape into a trancelike state they call “the zone” in which daily worries, social demands, and even bodily awareness fade away. Co-sponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Year of the Humanities, and the DH Lab.
  • May 2 | 10:00AM – Conducting Paperless Research: Dissertation Research Projects in the Digital Era, presented by Ashkan Rezvani Naraghi, UWM Urban Studies Program. Graduate students working on dissertations – and anyone working on projects with a qualitative framework – will benefit from Naraghi’s workshop on conducting paperless research. Naraghi recently defended his dissertation and he will discuss the successful processes he put in place to track his research, and to collect, digitize, store, organize, and analyze data digitally, all leading to the successful completion and defense of his dissertation.
  • May 4 | 3:30-4:30PM – Serious Play presents A Discussion: Computer Game Study at UWM. Have you taken or taught a course involving games (digital and otherwise)? (Would you like to take such courses?) Are you doing research in this area? Please join us for an informal discussion of teaching and research on games at UWM. Share your experiences, interests, and ideas about where this subject of study fits into digital humanities and the future of the academy. Though we imagine a free-ranging exchange, here’s a question on which we might focus: Could (should?) there be a multi-disciplinary program in game studies at UWM?
  • May 5 | 3:00-4:00PM – Ethnographic Methodologies for the Study of Online Communities, presented by Heather Brinkman, UWM Anthropology PhD Student. Methodology is at the heart of any good anthropological work.  It is the driving force that allows for a semblance of conformity within the discipline.  Traditional ethnographic methodology includes what Geertz termed as “deep hanging out.” This form of ethnographic field work includes, but is not limited to, participant observation, interviews, and surveys.  While methodology is being used in digital anthropological field work as well, it seems that there are new and evolving methods being considered for this new type of community. Are the methods that are used for face-to-face communication still valid for use within virtual communities? Throughout this talk Brinkman will explain the methodologies that she used for her own fieldwork within World of Warcraft.


Fall 2015 Events (August – December 2015)

  • August 26, 2015 | 10AM-3PM – Oral History in the Digital Age: WorkshopDoug Boyd (U of Kentucky Libraries, Director of Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History) and Troy Reeves (U of Madison, Head of Oral History Program)
  • September 17, 2015 | 4PM – The Milwaukee Data Initiative (MDI), Matt Richardson, MDI Founder. MDI is “an advocacy workgroup to change the way Milwaukee uses and shares critical data.”
  • September 23, 2015 | 6:30 PM Technophiles Podcast: Apps & Startups, with Krista-Lee Malone and guest Jake Gill (Director of Skritter)
  • October 1, 2015 | 4PM – Open Refine Workshop, Kristin Briney, Eliza Bettinger, Ann Hanlon, Nathan Humpal (UWM Libraries)
  • October 22, 2015 | 4PM – Data Management for Researchers (book party), Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries)
  • October 23, 2015 | 1:30PM – 4PM – Digital Yiddish Theater Project, Debra Caplan, Baruch College, City University New York, “Social Networking the Interwar Yiddish Stage: Visualizing a Pre-Digital Viral Phenomenon” and presentation by Amanda Seligman, UWM History, “The Encyclopedia of Milwaukee as DH Model: Concept, Logistics, Funding
  • October 14, 2015 | 6:30 PMTechnophiles Podcast: Games & Society, with Krista-Lee Malone and guest Thomas Malaby (UWM Anthropology)
  • October 28, 2015 | 4PM – Directions in Digital Humanities,  “Working on ENIAC: The Lost Labors of the Information Age presented by “Thomas Haigh (SOIS)
  • November 5, 2015 | 4PM – GIS Workshop: QGIS, Eliza Bettinger (UWM Libraries)
  • November 18, 2015 | 6:30 PMTechnophiles Podcast: Electronic Literature, with Krista-Lee Malone and guest Stuart Moulthrop (UWM English)
  • Friday, December 11th, 2015 | 1:30PM -Serious Play goes Analog: Modular Games and Booster Expansions: Hosted by Justin Schumaker and Brian Keilen
  • Thursday, December 17th, 2015 | 12PM – Brown-bag discussion: Speaking at UWM TEDx presented by Marc Tasman and Kristin Briney

Spring 2015 Events (January – May 2015)

  • January 21, 2015 | 12PM – Digging into Data: Open Refine Workshop presented by Kristin Briney, Eliza Bettinger, Ann Hanlon, Brad Houston (UWM Libraries)
  • February 11, 2015 | 12PM – Digging into Data: Regular Expressions Workshop presented by Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries)
  • February 13, 2015 | 12PM – “Service-Learning Reflection: Creating Assignments, Facilitating Discussion, and Grading it All,” presented by the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership, and Research (CCBLLR), Click for Informational Flyer
  • February 26, 2015 | 11AM – Methods in Digital Humanities: Scalar, presented by Matt Russell (DH Lab)
  • February 27, 2015 | 9AM – 1PM – Directions in Digital Humanities: “Using Copyright to Your Advantage in the Digital Humanities,” presented by Tomas Lipinski (School of Information Studies), Click for Registration
  • March 4, 2015 | 4PM – Directions in Digital Humanities: “Stitching History from the Holocaust: A Digital Humanities Lab Project,” presented by Rachel Baum (Jewish Studies), Will Tchakirides (History), Ann Hanlon (Libraries)
  • March 11, 2015 | 12PM – Digging into Data: GIS Workshop presented by Eliza Bettinger (UWM Libraries)
  • March 13, 2015 | 12:30PM – Open Education Week Presentation: “Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success” presented by Dave Ernst (founder of the Open Textbook Network)
  • March 24, 2015 | 11AM – Methods in Digital Humanities: Imageplot, presented by Matt Russell (DH Lab)
  • March 26, 2015 | 3 PM – Serious Play series, “Re-releases, Remakes, and Remembrances: Preserving the Cultural History of Video games,” presented by Nathan Humpal.
    This informal talk will focus on the unique difficulties of preserving Videogames both as physical or digital objects, and as cultural artifacts. Questions discussed include: What barriers exist for preserving a videogame? What are we preserving when we preserve a game? How can we preserve multiplayer experiences?
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  • March 27, 2015 | 10:30AM – “Unraveling Ersatz Facts: Methods for Online Fact Checking,” presented by Olga Yurkova and Tatiana Matychak (, sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group
  • April 2, 2015 | 4PM – Invited talk/workshop, “Hide the Metrics and Scare the NSA! Net Art as Artistic Research,” Ben Grosser (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign), sponsored by the Digital Arts and Culture certificate program
  • April 3, 2015 |  9 – 11:30AM – Data Day in the UWM DH Lab, presentations by Scott Graham (English), Rebecca Klaper (Freshwater Science), Rina Ghose (Geography)
  • April 3, 2015 | 1:30 – 4PM – (Data Day Workshop), “Workshop on R,” (Digital Humanities Lab), presented by Dave Armstrong (Political Science).  Click for information on and description of R (statistical computing software)
  • April 8, 2015 | 4PM – Directions in the Digital Humanities: “Digital Humanities in the iSchool” presented by Tanya Clement (University of Texas at Austin), co-sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group
  • April 9, 2015 | 10AM – “Digital Humanities in the iSchool: Opportunities and Challenges” roundtable discussion, presented by Tanya Clement (University of Texas at Austin), co-sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group
  • April 16, 2015 | 1:30PM – “Locating the Literary History of Word Processing: A Discussion About Media Archaeology, Computer History, and the (Digital?) Humanities,” symposium presented by Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland/MITH), co-sponsored by the Social Studies of Information Research Group
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  • April 17, 2015 | 12PM – Directions in Digital Humanities, “War; What is it Good For? Playing with Conflict Simulation (A Hands-On Game Design Workshop), presented by Matthew Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland/MITH), co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies
  • April 23, 2015 | 3PM – Serious Play: Gamergate, presented  by Alexis Dalbey, Steve Cuff, and Rachel Kinnard.


Fall 2014 Events (September – December 2014)

  • September 19, 2014 | 12PM – Digital Pedagogy Brown Bag presented by Amanda Seligman (History).
  • September 29, 2014 | 2PM – Digital Humanities Methods: Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching presented by Trevor Berman (UWM Libraries) and Yuko Nakamura (PhD candidate in Architecture). Workshop Resources
  • October 1, 2014 | 12PM – Digging Data Workshop: Measuring Research Impact presented by Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries).
  • October 3, 2014 | 12:30PMInteractive Symposium: “What Can Information Schools Contribute to the Digital Humanities?” presented by Anabel Quan-Haase (University of Western Ontario).
  • October 3, 2014 | 3PM – Serious Gaming: Minecraft presented by Stuart Moulthrop(English) and Kris Purzycki (PhD candidate in English).
  • October 7, 2014 | 1PM – Digital Humanities Methods: StoryMapJS presented by EJ Basa (PhD candidate in English: Media, Cinema, Digital Studies).
  • October 16, 2014 | 12PM – “Best Practices in Service-Learning Pedagogy” (Presentation for the Community Engaged Scholars Network (CESN) of the Center for Community-Based Learning, Leadership and Research); Presented by Cindy Clough(College of Health Sciences), Shelleen Green (Peck School of the Arts), Mark Keane(School of Architecture & Urban Planning).
  • October 17, 2014 | 9AM – Invited Talk “From Memory to Action: Discussing the Civic and Public Humanities”, presented by Sarah Pharaon (Program Director for North America, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience).
  • October 20, 2014 | 12PM and Afternoon Panel | 3:30PM – Century for 21st Century Studies/Social Studies of Information Research Group – DH Lab Panel on “What counts in DH?”  Cheryl Ball (Illinois State University), Jon McKenzie (UW Madison), T. Mills Kelly (George Mason University).
  • October 27, 2014 | 2PM – Digital Humanities Methods: Scalar presented by Matthew Russell (DH Lab, CETL, Comparative Literature).
  • October 31, 2014 | 1PM – Invited Talk on two digital history projects: “Letters of 1916” & “Contested Memories: the Battle of Mount Street Bridge” presented by Susan Schreibman (Professor of Digital Humanities at National University of Ireland Maynooth).
  • November 5, 2014 | 4PM – “Directions in the Digital Humanities” speaker series: Games in the Era of Digital Production presented by Thomas Malaby(Anthropology).
  • November 12, 2014 | 2PM – Digital Humanities Methods: Omeka and Neatlinespresented by Will Tchakirides (PhD candidate in History).
  • November 19, 2014 | 12PM – Digging into Data: Text Encoding Initiative presented by Nathan Humpal (UWM Libraries)
  • November 21, 2014 | 3:30PM – Serious Gaming: Destiny presented by Nathan Humpal (UWM Libraries).
  • November 21, 2014 | 12PM – Doing Digital History Round Table presented by Joe Austin (History), Elana Levine (Journalism, Advertising, and Media Studies), Mark Vareschi (History, UW Madison)
  • December 4, 2014 | 12PM – E-book Production with Adobe InDesign presented byHal Hinderliter (Principal at Hal Hinderliter Consulting Services)


Spring 2014 Events (January – May 2014)

  • January 29, 2014  – “Direction in Digital Humanities” speaker series: An Interactive Visualization of Segregation in Milwaukee presented by Jerome Knapp (Director at Historic King Drive Business Improvement District).
  • February 20, 2014 – “Direction in Digital Humanities” speaker series: Users, makers, and infrastructure: digital humanities in the undergraduate classroom presented by Marie Hicks (Assistant Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology).
  • February 27,2014 – Into the Rift: Demoing the Oculus Rift presented by Matt Belskie (Educational Technology Coordinator, School of Education, UWM).
  • March 12, 2014 – ELMCIP (Electronic Literature as a Model of Creativity and Innovation in Practice), the Knowledge Base, and Visualization-based Analysis of a Field presented by Scott Rettberg (Professor, department of linguistic, literary and aesthetic studies, University of Bergen, Norway).
  • March 13, 2014 – “Directions in Digital Humanities” speaker series: Multi-touch Data for Creative Musical Control on the iPad presented by Kevin Schlei (Lecturer, Composition and Music Technology, UWM).
  • March 27, 2014 – Digital Yiddish Theater Workshop: Maps, Manuscripts and Monsters: A Survey of Model DH Projects presented by Ann Hanlon (Head, Digital Collections and Initiatives, UWM Libraries).
  • March 28, 2014 – Digital Yiddish Theater Workshop: Introduction to Digital Editions and the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).
  • March 28, 2014 –  Digital Yiddish Theater Workshop: The Map in the Machine: GIS and the Humanities.
  • March 29, 2014 – Virtual Yiddish Theater Workshop: Breaking the Silence on Yiddish Popular Music.
  • April 2, 2014 – Serious Play series The Lone Protagonist in Adventure Games, 1980-2013 presented by Nathan Humpal (Metadata and Cataloging Librarian,UWM Libraries).
  • April 3, 2014 – “Directions in Digital Humanities” speaker series: Digital History and Interpretation presented by Rob Nelson (Director for the Digital Scholarship Lab, Associate Professor of American Studies,University of Richmond).
  • April 9, 2014 – “Direction in Digital Humanities” speaker series: Global MKE: Using Digital Pedagogy to Explore a City presented by Shelleen Greene (Associate Professor, Writing and Critical Thinking, Director of Graduate Studies, UWM).
  • April 18, 2014 – Human/Technology Interface for Performing Arts presented by Kia Ng (Director, Interdisciplinary Centre for Scientific Research in Music, University of Leeds).
  • April 23, 2014 – “Direction in Digital Humanities” speaker series: We Have Never Been Digital: Lessons from the History of Information Technology Tom Haigh (Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, UWM).
  • May 1, 2014 – “Direction in Digital Humanities” speaker series: Sea and Spar and Portals Between presented by Stuart Moulthrop (Professor, Department of English, UWM).


Fall 2013 Events (September – December 2013)

  • September 12, 2013 – “Directions in the Digital Humanities” speaker series: Planning the Encyclopedia of Milwaukee presented by Amanda Seligman (History, UWM).
  • September 15, 2013 – UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab Open House.
  • October 1, 2013 – Data Workshop: Creating a Data Management Plan presented by Kristin Briney (Data Service Librarian, UWM Libraries).
  • October 10, 2013 – “Directions in the Digital Humanities” speaker series: YouTube Video Comments presented by Marc Tasman (Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, UWM).
  • October 14, 2013 – Digital History Virtual Presentation: Programming Historian presented by Adam Crymble (King’s College London).
  • October 17, 2013 – Lecture: Mobile Live Art and Music Performance presented by Georg Essl (Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Music, University of Michigan).
  • October 23, 2013 – Data Workshop: Data Management 101 presented by Kristin Briney (Data Service Librarian).
  • October 24, 2013 – “Directions in the Digital Humanities” speaker series: The U.S. Teenager’s Debut: Criminalization and Newspapers in the 1940s presented by Joe Austin (History, UWM).
  • October 29, 2013 – Digital History Virtual Presentation: Ideology and Algorithms presented by Rob Nelson (University of Richmond).
  • November 1, 2013 – Lecture: There’s an App for that Book: The New (inter)Face of Literary Editing presented by Olin Bjork (English, University of Houston).
  • November 6, 2013 – Video Games as Interactive Learning Tools for Critical Intervention in the Disciplines for Digital Humanities .
  • November 8, 2013 – Institutionalizing Science and Technology Studies Within Interdisciplinary Environments presented by Paul Edwards (University of Michigan, School of Information and History).
  • November 12, 2013 – Digital History Virtual Presentation: Isaac Newton’s Virtual Archive presented by Rob Iliffe (University of Sussex).
  • November 14, 2013 – Serious Play: Grand Theft Auto V demo and Gaming Open House.
  • November 22, 2013 – 3D Technique presented by James Coltrain  (University of Nebraska).