Digital Humanities Lab

DH Lab Past Events

Summer 2021 (virtual)

Sound Image History: The LGBTQ+ Audiovisual Archive Project Speaker Series

The Sound Image History speaker series celebrated the conclusion of a year-long Collections-as-Data grant funded project aimed at building a text-based data set from the archival AV materials in the UWM Archives. The UWM Libraries house the largest collection of LGBTQ+ historical and contemporary materials in Wisconsin, providing a rich record of Milwaukee’s LGBTQ+ communities. This project will make the AV materials in those collections – a format that is traditionally underutilized – much more discoverable and usable, and open pathways to new research. The LGBTQ+ AV Archive Mining Project, and this speaker series, are made possible by a grant from the Mellon-funded Collections as Data: Part to Whole initiative.

Recordings of all talks for the series are available here:

Tuesday, August 24 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Labeling This Thing Called Life: Using Machine Learning to Automatically Generate Metadata for Oral History Collections
Tanya Clement, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas at Austin; Maria Esteva, Research Scientist; Weijia Xu, Research Scientist, Data Intensive Computing Team, Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, August 24 | 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Collections As Data, Images As Data
Taylor Arnold, Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Richmond; Lauren Tilton, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Richmond

Wednesday, August 25 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Accessing LGBTQ+ Resources with Digital Archives and Linked Data
K.J. Rawson, Associate Professor of English and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Northeastern University

Wednesday, August 25 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The LGBTQ+ AV Archives Mining Project: Using Technology to Unearth the Spoken Archive of Queer History
Ann Hanlon, Digital Collections & Initiatives, UWM Libraries; Dan Siercks, Director L&S Web and Data, UWM; Cary Costello, Associate Professor & Director, LGBT Studies Program, UWM

Friday, August 27 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
R for Humanities Workshop, led by Taylor Arnold, Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Richmond; Lauren Tilton, Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, University of Richmond

Spring 2021 (all events were virtual)

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

Video is available here:

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 (

Registration is now closed.

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

Video is available here:

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

Video is available here:

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

Video is available here:

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.

Fall 2020 (all events are virtual)

October 13-14 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (two-part workshop)
R for Social Science (Two-part virtual workshop)
led by certified instructors from the Carpentries community.

R is a powerful and free programming language and environment for data analysis, data mining, and visualization. This workshop will use RStudio, a free integrated development environment that you load on your desktop, and that makes programming in R much easier. We will be working with instructors from the Data Carpentries, a community of researchers and instructors with a mission to “provide researchers high-quality, domain-specific traning covering the full lifecycle of data-driven research.” A rough outline of the workshop can be found here:

No prior knowledge or skills with R or RStudio are required to join the workshop. This workshop will be especially helpful for anyone interested in working with textual and spatial data, especially data collected for social science, humanities, and cultural heritage research. Please contact me with any questions.

This workshop is made possible as part of the LGBTQ+ AV Archive Mining Project, part of the Mellon-funded Collections-as-Data: Part to Whole initiative.

Wednesday, October 28 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Interdisciplinary Dynamics of Machine Learning Design for Libraries, Museums and Archives: the AI4AV Case
Maria Esteva, Research Scientist, and Weijia Xu, Research Scientist, Data Intensive Computing Team, Texas Advanced Computing Center at the University of Texas at Austin

In this presentation Dr. Esteva and Dr. Xu will introduce a research project in which their team uses Machine Learning to predict labels to describe archival audio collections. The case study will be the conduit to explain the project’s design, the methods used, and how its goals align with best practices and values in LAMs. The team works in many projects involving use of computational methods to organize, describe, manage, and preserve digital records and data. From their inception and throughout their development the team identifies, and also discover along the way, the roles, skills, and intersections, that contribute to highlight and accomplish their interdisciplinary nature in the context of digital libraries and archives. In the process, projects are steered, assessed, interpreted, and improved, and build up towards a much needed corpus of experience incorporating computational methods in LAMs practices.

Monday, October 19 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Rescheduled: Monday, November 9 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Community with a Dash of Hierarchy:
Using Social Tools for Better Student Engagement
Krista-Lee Malone, UW-Madison

We live in unprecedented times. Our universities, our students, and ourselves were not prepared for this, but that doesn’t mean it has to be less than amazing – despite the laments of many. In this talk I will discuss my use of Twitch, an online streaming service, and Discord, a group communication platform, to conduct my online classes.  Both platforms were originally built for gamers as social spaces, and decidedly not designed for educational purposes. By using the socially constructed architectures of these platforms rather than the perceived rigidity of LMSs such as Canvas, I found students almost immediately displaying productive behaviors I had previously struggled to encourage. Some of the experimental teaching methods I will discuss here began pre-covid, in the winter of 2019, and others arose in response to campuses closing in March 2020. This is an important distinction because many negative (and positive) articles and opinion pieces being published about online teaching since March 2020 have been reactionary to covid-times. While this was of course understandable in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic, it is time to move beyond this stage and look at what benefits and limitations online education really has to offer.

Krista-Lee Malone is an Anthropology PhD and faculty associate for the game design certificate at UW-Madison. She streams weekly from both her teaching channel and her research channel ( Her past research includes anthropological research on MMORPGS and educational games in Taiwan – where she also worked as a cultural consultant and quest designer. Currently, she is researching issues of gender and engagement on her research Twitch channel and educational engagement on her teaching channel.

November 17-18 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (two-part workshop)
Library Carpentries (Two-part virtual workshop)
Led by certified instructors from the Carpentries community

Library Carpentry workshops teach data science skills with an eye toward library and information science related tasks, and will be useful to anyone working with messy data and looking for better tools to manage it. The lessons introduce terms, phrases, and concepts in software development and data science, how to best work with data structures, and use regular expressions in finding and matching data.

This workshop series will focus on Introduction to Working with Data/Regular Expressions and OpenRefine, “a power tool for working with messy data.” Specific workshop curriculum for November 17-18 can be found here:

Wednesday, December 2 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing Structural Racism in the Urban Landscape

  • Anne Bonds, Associate Professor, Geography, UWM
  • Derek Handley, Assistant Professor, English, UWM
  • Kirsten Delegard, Project Director, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Ryan Mattke, Co-Director and Project Manager, UMN Libraries
  • Kevin Ehrman-Solberg, Digital and Geospatial Director, University of Minnesota

The Mapping Prejudice project is using GIS, optical character recognition, and crowdsourcing to build spatial databases of racial covenants for Minneapolis and other American cities. These covenants were used in the 19th and 20th centuries to prevent people who were not white from owning or occupying property. While now illegal, covenants continue to impact the racial geography of cities across the United States today and undergird many of our contemporary racial disparities. This talk will feature an overview of the methods used to build Mapping Prejudice and how researchers are beginning to use those methods to map and understand the impact of racial covenants in Milwaukee.

Summer 2020

Wednesday, July 29 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Humanities Data in R (virtual workshop)
led by Taylor Arnold (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Lauren Tilton (Digital Humanities) from the University of Richmond
*Register here:

Humanities Data in R will provide an introductory overview to the R programming language and its applications in the Humanities, especially regarding text analysis and visualization.

Experts on computer vision and visual culture, Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton lead the Distant Viewing Lab at the University of Richmond. The lab develops computer vision methods designed for accessing, analyzing, and exploring images. A major focus of the lab is developing algorithms and techniques that enable search and discovery, particularly for cultural heritage. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the lab is creating the Distant Viewing Toolkit for the Analysis of Moving Images, a Python library for moving image analysis.

Dr. Taylor Arnold is Assistant Professor of Statistics in the department of mathematics and computer science. He studies massive cultural datasets in order to address new and existing research questions in the humanities and social sciences. He specializes in the application of statistical computing to large text and image corpora. Research products take on several forms: book length manuscripts, technical reports, new software implementations, and digital projects intended for broad public consumption.

Dr. Lauren Tilton is Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on 20th century U.S. visual culture. She is director of Photogrammar, a digital public humanities project mapping New Deal and World War II documentary expression funded by the NEH and ACLS, and co-author of Humanities Data in R: Exploring Networks, Geospatial Data, Images and Texts (Springer, 2015). Her scholarship has appeared in journals such as American Quarterly, Archive Journal, and Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. She received her PhD in American Studies from Yale University.

This workshop is funded by the LGBTQ+ Audio Archive Mining Project, part of the Collections as Data: Part to Whole project funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Spring 2020

February 14
Edward Shanken, Deus ex Poiesis: A Manifesto for the End of the World and the Future of Art and Technology
Ed Shanken is an Associate Professor of Digital Art and New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz. He writes and teaches about “the entwinement of art, science, and technology with a focus on interdisciplinary practices involving new media. His recent scholarship addresses art-science collaboration, surveillance culture, sound art and ecology, systems theory, and bridging the gap between new media and contemporary art.” He will join us for brown bag discussion followed by a talk at C21. Co-sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies.

  • 12:00 p.m.
    Brown Bag Discussion, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab
  • 3:30 p.m.
    Lecture: Deus ex Poiesis: A Manifesto for the End of the World and the Future of Art and Technology, Curtin 175

*Saturday, February 15 | 2:00–4:00 at Saint Kate Arts Hotel, Arc Theater, 139 E. Kilbourn, The World After Us Panel Discussion
Scholarly experts come together for a special panel discussion, including: Kennan Ferguson, UWM Professor of Political Science; Jennifer Johung, UWM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Architectural History; and Nathaniel Stern, UWM Professor of Art and Design at Peck School of the Arts and Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Special guests include Amanda Boetzkes, Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at University of Guelph, Ontario, Edward Shanken, Associate Professor of Digital Art and New Media at University of California, Santa Cruz, and Coe Douglas, artist, writer, and filmmaker.

*Please note that the February 15 panel discussion is not a DH Lab event and takes place at the Saint Kate Arts Hotel

March 5 and 6
Michelle Caswell on Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation
Michelle Caswell is an Associate Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is Director of UCLA’s Community Archives Lab. She is the author of Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia (University of Wisconsin, 2014).
Co-sponsored by the Choosing the City Research Collaborative Research Team, funded by the UWM Office of Research

  • March 5 | 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
    Urgent Archives: Communities, Representation, and the Fight Against (Symbolic) Annihilation, Michelle Caswell
    Please note: This talk will take place in the UWM Libraries 4th floor conference center
    In the 1970s, feminist communication scholars first proposed the term “symbolic annihilation” to describe the ways in which women are absent, underrepresented, or misrepresented in mainstream media. Taking this concept as a starting point, the first part of this talk will examine the ways in which mainstream archival practice has symbolically annihilated communities of color and LGBTQ communities through absence, underrepresentation, and misrepresentation. In the face of such symbolic annihilation, marginalized communities have formed their own independent community-based archives that empower them to establish, enact, and reflect on their presence in ways that are complex, meaningful, and substantive. In the second part, this talk will examine the relationship between symbolic and actual annihilation. Symbolic annihilation both precedes and succeeds symbolic annihilation in that communities are rendered nonexistent, invisible, or expendable before they are subject to violence, and then, after violence, such acts are often rendered invisible or expunged from the record, magnifying and mimicking the violence itself. In the wake of such archival silences and misrepresentations, communities often conjure up imaginary records, that is, records that do not actually exist but are collectively imagined to fill affective voids left by existing bureaucratic and legalistic records. This talk will end with an examination of such impossible archival imaginaries and a proposition for all of us to “imagine otherwise,” that is, to conceive of and build a world in which communities that have historically been and are currently being oppressed are fully empowered to represent their past, construct their present, and envision their futures as forms of liberation.
  • March 6 | 9:30 a.m.
    Bagel Hour discussion with Michelle Caswell
    Digital Humanities Lab
    Join us for an informal discussion over bagels and coffee with Michelle Caswell.

March 12 | 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Jessica Kirzane, Collaborative Digital Open Access Publishing and Community Building: In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies
In Geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies was founded six years ago by a group of then-graduate students to be a central location for the field of Yiddish Studies. It is a free, open-access digital platform without academic affiliation, with a mission to extend the boundaries of the field while fostering community within the field. The journal publishes not only peer reviewed articles but also literary translations, pedagogical resources, and a culture-oriented blog. In geveb’s Editor-in-chief Jessica Kirzane will discuss how the flexibility of the journal’s born-digital platform and its independent funding model open up new arenas for scholarly publishing and collaboration. Her talk will focus especially on the pedagogy section of the journal, which reorients the field of Yiddish studies toward the kind of work many of its practitioners perform day in and day out.

Jessica Kirzane is the Editor-in-Chief of In geveb, and Assistant Instructional Professor in Yiddish at the University of Chicago.

*March 12 | 7:00 p.m. at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.
Book launch: Diary of a Lonely Girl: or The Battle against Free Love, by Miriam Karpilove, translated by Jessica Kirzane
First published serially in the Yiddish press in 1916–18, Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle against Free Love is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, shot through with dark humor. From the perch of a diarist, Miriam Karpilove’s novel offers a snarky, melodramatic criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth-century New York City. Squeezed between men who use their freethinking ideals to pressure her to be sexually available and nosy landladies who require her to maintain her respectability, the narrator expresses frustration at her vulnerable circumstances with wry irreverence. The novel boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, and women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics.

*Please note that the 7:00 p.m. book launch is not a DH Lab event and takes place at the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, 3367 N. Downer Ave.

April 24 | 2:00-4:00 p.m. CANCELED | Please stay tuned for updates on alternative venues
DH Teaching Fellows Panel and Showcase
Join the DH Lab’s Teaching Fellows as they discuss their integration of DH methods and tools in their fall 2019 classes. Join us at 2:00 p.m. for an informal “open house” featuring projects and assignments; panel discussion at 3:00 p.m.

  • Dylan Barth (CETL/Women’s and Gender Studies)
  • Peter Blewett (English)
  • Aims McGuinness (History)
  • Whitney Moon (Architecture)

Fall 2019

October 2 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
The Urban Observatory: Better Cities through Imaging
Gregory Dobler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration; Physics; Resident Faculty Representative, DSI Faculty Council, University of Delaware.
With millions of interacting people and hundreds of governing agencies, urban environments are the largest, most dynamic, and most complex macroscopic systems on Earth. All of that complexity can be boiled down to interactions between three fundamental components of cities: the human, natural, and built environments. As an astrophysicist turned urban data scientist, I will describe the newly created “Urban Observatory”. Much like astronomers learn about the inner workings of the Universe just by examining pictures of the sky, we are teasing apart the complex interactions of urban systems using techniques from astronomy on images of urban skylines. I will show how this data from the Urban Observatory can provide new insights into cities as living organisms that consume energy, have environmental impact, and display characteristic patterns of life and how that new understanding can be used to improve city functioning and quality of life for its inhabitants.

This talk is organized by The Milwaukee Urban Observatory, supported by the UWM Office of Research through the Collaborative Research Team Development Program. Cosponsored by the UWM Libraries DH Lab, Urban Studies Programs, Department of Geography, Department of Physics, and Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures at SARUP. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please email:

October 22 | 4:00 p.m.
Twitch Workshop
Casey O’Ceallaigh (English)

October 23 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Technology Initiatives Social
4th Floor Conference Center, Golda Meir Library

October 30 | 3:30 p.m.
Directions in DH: Queer Zine Archive Project
Joyce Latham (SOIS), Milo Miller (QZAP), and Sarah Cooke (SOIS/WGS)
Milo Miller (L&S), Joyce M. Latham (SOIS), and Sarah Cooke (SOIS/WGS) will present the process, procedures, and preliminary findings behind their 2019 RACAS grant : “How we say who we are: the language of identity in the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP).” The initiative draws on the community archive, housed here in Milwaukee, comprised of zines created by members of the international queer community. The team will discuss the technical infrastructure, digitization process, term analysis, and theoretical impacts of the project at both the community and scholarly levels.

Sound Series

October 8 | 11:00 a.m.
Editing Sound Part I
Carrie Wade (UWM Libraries)

October 14 | 11:00 a.m.
Editing Sound Part 2
Carrie Wade (UWM Libraries)

October 21 | 2:00 p.m.
The Tools We Use to Record Sound
Jeff Loomis (JAMS)

November 6 | 2:00 p.m.
Making Scenes and Telling Stories
Jane Hampden Daley (JAMS) and Chris Cantwell (History)

November 13 | 2:00 p.m.
Interviewing Subjects: Journalistic
Jane Hampden Daley (JAMS)

November 20 | 4:00 p.m.
Interviewing Subjects: Oral Histories
Nan Kim (History)

Spring 2019

Friday, January 25 | 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM
The LACUSL Speaker Series Presents Bringing Memory Home or a Journey of Rebuilding: The Digital Repatriation of the Archive of Radio Haïti-Inter
Dr. Laura Wagner, Radio Haiti Project Archivist at Duke University
Please note: This event took place in the American Geographical Society Library (3rd floor, Golda Meir Library); the DH Lab was a co-sponsor

February 14 and 15
Steph Ceraso on Sounding the Humanities,
Dr. Ceraso is an Assistant Professor of Digital Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Virginia. She recently published Sounding Composition: Multimodal Pedagogies for Embodied Listening, where she proposes an expansive approach to teaching with sound through the concept of multimodal listening. Her talk will explore the role of embodied inquiry in podcast production and argue for an experience-based, multisensory approach to creating podcasts in the classroom. We’ll also host a morning discussion session geared especially toward instructors, faculty, and librarians, to talk about  the challenges and rewards of “sonic pedagogy.”

  • Thursday, February 14 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sounding the Humanities: Podcast Production, Writing, and Embodied Inquiry
  • Friday, February 15 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Bagels and Discussion about Writing with Sound: Challenges and Rewards

Tuesday, March 12 | 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
DH Teaching Fellows, Panel Discussion and Open House
Join the DH Lab’s Teaching Fellows as they discuss their integration of DH methods and tools in their fall 2018 classes. Join us at 1:00 p.m. for an informal “open house” featuring projects and assignments; panel discussion at 2:00 p.m.

Monday, March 25 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
What is Collaborative Ethnography? And how do you start doing it?
Elizabeth Campbell, Appalachian State University
Eric Lassiter, Marshall University
Campbell and Lassiter will introduce what collaborative ethnography is (and what it is not), cover contemporary fields of collaboration, briefly survey the different kinds and approaches to collaborative research, and suggest ways to begin such projects.

Tuesday, March 26 | 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Is This All Made of Light? An Introduction to the Immersive Media Lab
Chris Willey (PSOA)
Chris Willey is Director of Immersive Media Lab in the Kenilworth Square East building. He will discuss the work and thinking behind the Immersive Media Lab, how it all works, and projects underway.

Tuesday, April 30 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Podcasting the Past: An Evening with Ben Franklin’s World
Liz Covart, Digital Projects Editor for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and WUWM’s Mitch Teich
Liz Covart is the Digital Projects Editor for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and host of the widely-popular “Ben Franklin’s World.” Join us for a conversation on podcasting the past with host of WUWM’s Lake Effect Mitch Teich. Please note: This event takes place in the UWM Libraries 4th floor conference center.

Wednesday, May 1 | 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Podcasting Workshop with Liz Covart in the Digital Humanities Lab
Join us to learn directly from podcasting expert Liz Covart about what it takes to make a great podcast that reflects on the past and speaks to the present.

Thursday, May 2 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Ethics, Technology, and Human Rights
Sabelo Mhlambi, Fellow, Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Carr Center for Human Rights
Technological advancements in fields such as Artificial Intelligence present significant ethical questions and implications for societies around the world.  Join us for an exploration of the intersections between ethics, emerging technologies and human rights with Sabelo Mhlambi, Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Carr Center for Human Rights.  Mr. Mhlambi’s research examines the ethical implications of technology in the developing world, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, along with the creation of tools to make Artificial Intelligence more accessible and inclusive to underrepresented communities.
Co-sponsored by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center, Department of Communication, Department of English, Department of Philosophy, Digital Arts and Culture Program, UWM Libraries Digital Humanities Lab, and the UWM Center for International Education.

Friday, May 10 | 9:00 a.m.
Academic Publishing & Presenting with IEEE Breakfast
Co-sponsored by the UWM Libraries & IEEE, this free breakfast event is open to all students, faculty, staff and area alumni. Event details and registration link:

  • Brooke Slavens, PhD., Associate Professor, Occupational Science & Technology and Biomedical Engineering; Director of the Mobility Lab; Director of the PhD Program in Health Sciences
  • George Hanson, PhD., Professor and Department Chair, Electrical Engineering
  • Thomas Haigh, PhD., Associate Professor, History
  • (moderator) Linda Kopecky, Head, Research Services, UWM Libraries


Fall 2018

October 26 | 11:00-12:30
The Business of Immersive Media 
J. Dietenberger (UWM Student Affairs Innovation & Technology Acceleration

November 12 | 3:00-4:00
Bubbler Talk in the DH Lab 
Lauren Sigfusson and Mitch Teich (WUWM)

November 29 | 2:00-3:30
Growing the Social Imagination: The Freedom Trail on Trial 
Neil Horsky (Community artist based in Boston)

Sound Workshops

September 18 | 2:00-3:30
Using Machines
: The Tools We Use to Record Sound 
Jane Hampden Daley and Jeff Loomis (JAMS)

October 3 | 2:00-3:30
Storyboarding and Making Scenes
Jane Hampden Daley (JAMS) and Chris Cantwell (History)

October 15 | 2:00-3:30
Collecting Sound I: Collecting the Outdoors 
Steve Wetzel (PSOA Film)

October 22 | 2:00-3:30
Collecting Sound II: Ambient Sound and Active Tape
Steve Wetzel (PSOA Film)

November 14 | 2:00-3:30
Interviewing Subjects

Jane Hampden Daley (JAMS) and Michael Gordon (History)

Date TBD | Time: TBD
Editing Sound

Data Visualization Workshops

September 21 | 12:00 – 1:00
Quantitative Data Visualization
Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries)

September 28 | 12:00 – 1:00
Qualitative Data Visualization
Kristin Briney (UWM Libraries)

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
  • 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
  • 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
  • March 9 | 12:00 PMData Visualization 102 Workshop: Workshop Your Charts
    Kristin Briney, UWM Libraries
  • March 28 | 3:30 PM Curating your Online Presence
    Chris Cantwell, UWM History and Jaclyn Kelly, Milwaukee Public Museum
  • 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
  • April 6 | 12:00 PM – Visualizing Asia: Images | History | Digital (brown bag discussion) Julia Adenay Thomas, Associate Professor of History, Notre Dame University
  • April 10 | drop in anytime between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PMDigital Pedagogy Fair
    UWM Faculty, Instructors, and Teaching Assistants
  • 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
  • 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. 
  • 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
  • May 11 | 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, UWM Digital Humanities Lab – Workshop: MUDs, MOOs, and Why They Still Matter
    Geoff Gimse and Kristopher Purzycki (English)
  • May 14 | 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM, UWM Libraries Scholarly Communication Series: Beyond Journal Publishing, Dr. Amanda Seligman, Professor and Chair, UWM Department of History; UWM Faculty Panel with Tips and Strategies for paths to academic publishing beyond journals; UWM librarians with resources and tools for getting started

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.

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.
    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.
  • October 14 | 12:00-1:00Data Management 101, Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian.
  • October 25 | 1:30-2:30 – Milwaukee Data: An Introduction.
  • October 27 | 12:00-1:00 – Open Access Week Brown Bag: Books in the UWM Digital Commons, Caroline Seymour-Jorn and Matthew Knachel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • November 4 | 12:00-1:00Writing a Data Management Plan, Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian.
  • 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.
  • December 14 | 12:00-1:00 – User-Centered Digital Public History: a brown bag discussion with Sharon Leon.

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:
    • 3:00 – 4:30What is Humanities Data: A discussion with Justin Schell and Thomas Padilla.
  • 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.
  • 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. cussion. 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • May 4 | 3:30-4:30PM – Serious Play presents A Discussion: Computer Game Study at UWM.
  • May 5 | 3:00-4:00PM – Ethnographic Methodologies for the Study of Online Communities, presented by Heather Brinkman, UWM Anthropology PhD Student.

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)
  • 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 Neatlines presented 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 by Hal 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).