Thursday, February 20, 2014

Digital Humanities Brown Bag Discussions

Want to learn about the Digital Humanities? Now you have the chance!

The library will host a series of three "brown bag" discussions this spring about our Digital Humanities projects. "Digital Humanities" is loosely defined as digital publishing that enables interaction, visualization, "mashups," or other enhancements that give new perspectives on scholarly materials.

Come learn about current trends and new methods, and exchange ideas with colleagues. The library will provide coffee, donuts, and the prospect of productive conversation. 


Thursday, February 27, 12:15-1:15

Featured Speaker: Dr. Jeffrey Witt, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Witt will demonstrate some of his "progressive publishing" projects - digital editions of rare texts using structured markup. These methods allow the reader to do things like compare manuscript images to matching transcriptions or to detect differences among multiple editions in real time.

Thursday, March 20, 12:15-1:15

"Grab Bag"

This session we are planning for a wide-ranging discussion of Digital Humanities and consideration of examples, platforms, issues, and opportunities. If you plan to attend, please let us know, and feel free to bring up examples from the Digital Humanities - your work or any projects that you know of.

Wednesday, April 9, 12:15-1:15

"Media History Exchange"

We will look at the Media History Exchange, a forum funded by NEH for those interested in the history of media. The representative is Dr. Elliot King of the Communications Department. He and others with experience getting NEH funding for DH projects will share.

We will also be showing some new text analysis projects done for literature, using techniques like Topic Modeling. 

The discussion is also open to other themes people would like to bring up or share.

Projects discussed will include some that have been done by Loyola and Notre Dame faculty, as well as some by other universities and institutions. Notes taken during each session will be made publicly available after the event.  

We welcome all suggestions regarding the content and structure of these sessions, and we encourage you to mention these lunches to any of your colleagues that have an interest in Digital Humanities.   

For more information, contact Web Support Specialist John Breitmeyer in the Research & Instruction Department  ( or or Charles Lockwood, Head of Digital Services at the library ( or  If you can, send us an email letting us know of your plan to attend so we can make sure there is adequate seating.

We hope to see you there!