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"So you want to start a podcast?" Publishing Spoken-Word and Oral Histories with New Media

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
The Digital Liberal Arts Lab (DLab), in the Forum
Veronica Pejril
Interim Director of Instructional and Learning Services of DePauw University

Attendees will learn about podcasting's short history, gain perspective into what creates a compelling web-based audio product, and practice the kinds of audio editing and production techniques necessary to make great audio stories. This workshop is open to all students.

Digital Storytelling: Transcending Text with New Media

Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
The Digital Liberal Arts Lab (DLab) in the Forum
Veronica Pejril
Interim Director of Instructional and Learning Services at DePauw University

Attendees will learn how digital storytelling assignments can empower students to create more compelling and persuasive stories than text-alone may allow. We will observe some examples of how digital storytelling can be integral to community-based participatory research, social justice studies and social activism. Finally, we will brainstorm about how these practices can play a useful role in pedagogy, from assignment-design to implementation and assessment-methods. 

Faculty interested in attending please register here. Registration is limited to twenty attendees. If the cap is reached, your name will be added to the waitlist.

Roopika Risam Workshop, "Digital Humanities Pedagogies for Social Justice"

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:30pm
Digital Liberal Arts Lab
Roopika Risam


Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University, will be visiting campus March 11th and 12th.  During her time here, she will give a workshop entitled, "Digital Humanities Pedagogies for Social Justice," Saturday from 10 am to 1:30 pm in the DLab.  

This workshop offers a hands-on approach to designing social justice-oriented digital humanities assignments for the classroom. We will explore the applications of existing digital humanities projects that foreground cutting edge approaches to the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and nation to curricular goals. We will further consider how to develop classroom projects that blend social justice and digital methods from the ground up. The workshop will emphasize how to approach difference through digital humanities from a pedagogical framework and how to design these social justice projects at scopes and scales that are appropriate for the classroom. Participants will leave with assignment ideas they have developed, along with access to ideas generated across the workshop. 

A light lunch will be served.  


Register for the Roopika Risam Workshop


This event is being co-sponsored by the DLAC, the Center for the Humanities, and Digital Bridges.

Roopika Risam Talk, "Decolonizing Digital Humanities"

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Burling Library
Roopika Risam
Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English, Salem State University


Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University, will be visiting campus March 11th and 12th.  During her time here, she will give a lecture entitled, "Decolonizing Digital Humanities: Towards New Communities of Practice," Friday afternoon at 4 pm in Burling Library.  


As digital humanities has grown, the field and its methods have been subject to critique for their exclusions along lines of race, class, gender, nation, ability, and other axes of difference. The work of postcolonial digital humanities has taken up these concerns by examining the role that postcolonial theory plays in mediating and reframing the practices of digital humanities. This talk takes a critical look at what it means - and does not mean - to "decolonize" the digital humanities. It raises concern about the undertheorized ways that "decolonization" has been marshaled in response to digital humanities while examining how postcolonial critique can move the field forward and how it influences digital humanities practice in existing projects. 


Light refreshments will be served.


This event is being co-sponsored by the DLAC, the Center for the Humanities, and Digital Bridges.


Podcasting Workshop

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Digital Liberal Arts Lab
Gina Donovan
Grinnell College


Podcast audio files are posted to the internet and made available for download and subscription for the purposes of entertainment, sharing experiences, and dispersing information. Posted on blogs, websites, or available through iTunes, podcasts are typically available as a series with a common theme or single episodes that explore one topic in depth. Gina Donovan will lead a workshop about planning, recording, and posting a podcast for use in a class.

Light refreshments will be served.

Click here for registration.


VoiceThread Workshop

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Digital Liberal Arts Lab
Gina Donovan
Grinnell College


VoiceThread is a software that allows you and your students to record or post photos, videos, or audio. After something is recorded or posted, the media can be shared with you or with the larger class to facilitate discussion, share information or experiences, or allow for graded speaking assignments. Gina Donovan will lead a workshop with demonstrations of the VoiceThread software in Blackboard, adding media to a course, and sharing that media with classmates.

Light refreshments will be served.


Students Making Media: Assigning and Assessing Media Production

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 4:15pm to 5:00pm
Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center
Room 209
Mike Conner
Grinnell College


Visual and aural media are a pervasive part of students’ lives and it is increasingly more important for students to learn to critically analyze and creatively craft messages in multimedia formats. This workshop will focus on helping students learn to create visual and aural media that persuasively, and even eloquently, communicates their message. Mike Conner will discuss why and how you might incorporate media production assignments into your course. Examples of media assignments include video essays, short films, podcasts, and oral storytelling.

Light refreshments will be served.


Grinnell Supports Scholarly Open-Access Publishing

Grinnell College is among nearly 40 liberal arts colleges joining forces with Amherst College Press and the University of Michigan Library to create Lever Press, a new collaborative peer-reviewed, open-access scholarly publishing enterprise.

Grinnell College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, are the only Iowa colleges currently supporting Lever Press. Both are members of the Oberlin Group, a consortium of libraries in America’s top liberal arts colleges. Also backing Lever Press are Allegheny College and Ursinus College, which do not belong to the Oberlin Group.

As part of its dedication to complete open access, Lever Press will first make all works freely available to readers on the Internet. The works also will appear in print form wherever possible.

Lever Press is unusual because it will require neither authors nor readers to pay for publication costs. This is made possible by the participating colleges committed to contributing a total of more than $1 million to the work of Lever Press over the next five years. Supported by these pledges, Lever Press aims to acquire, develop, produce and disseminate a total of 60 new open-access titles by the end of 2020.

Grinnell’s Libraries and the Dean’s office will share the cost of contributing $8,000 a year to Lever Press for five years for a total of $40,000.

Investing in Lever Press provides a great opportunity for Grinnell faculty and students, and for the wider world, said Julia Bauder, interim librarian of the College and social studies and data services librarian.

“For faculty,” Bauder said, “it provides an opportunity to publish peer-reviewed, digital books that incorporate media and data in ways that are not possible with printed books, opening up new possibilities for scholarship in the digital liberal arts. For students, my hope is that initiatives such as Lever Press will help to reduce textbook costs by making scholarly books of the sort that Grinnell faculty often assign freely available to them.

“And even after they graduate, Grinnell students and others who are interested in reading great research in the social sciences and humanities will be able to read these books, no matter where they live, what kind of job they have, or by what libraries they are served. Lever Press is truly a win for everyone involved.”

Lever Press is launching as an imprint of Michigan Publishing, a division of the University of Michigan Library. Michigan Publishing will focus on distribution, the publishing platform, and other technical matters, while Amherst College Press will take the lead on the editorial side.

In addition to its novel approach to open access, Lever Press is distinguished by its editorial alignment with the mission and ethos of liberal arts colleges, as well as its digitally native production processes designed to support innovative projects that go “beyond the book.”

“This is an exciting initiative because of the benefit to pioneering humanities and digital humanities work which comes with the space and scale that online formats provide,” said Matthew Johnson, assistant professor of history at Grinnell.

“In the past,” he added, “if you wanted to publish a book that was rich in images, for example, you needed a companion website, as my co-editors and I did with our volume Visualizing Modern China. Given that many small liberal arts colleges are ahead of the curve in terms of adoption of digital resources for teaching and research, Grinnell and other consortium faculty will benefit from being able to integrate similar approaches more seamlessly into their publication strategies, while connecting their work with a far larger audience than has been the case previously.”