Teaching with Technology Innovators Series: As Easy As ABC: Digital Humanities in the Classroom

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Topic: As Easy as ABC: Digital Humanities in the Classroom
Speakers: Bill (William) Gleason (Professor & Chair, Department of English), Andrea Immel (Curator, Costsen Children’s Library), Ben Johnston (Manager, Humanities Resource Center, OIT), Clifford Wulfman (Coordinator, Library Digital Initiatives)

Time: Tuesday, April 29, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: 330 Frist Campus Center, McGraw Center Conference Room

Refreshments will be provided! To register for this session: http://bit.ly/TT-ABC
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

The collaborators behind the new Interactive Digital Archive of Rare ABC Books, featuring selections from the Cotsen Children’s Library, will discuss the vision, planning, and work of the project, which was supported with a course development grant from the Digital Humanities Initiative and has been integrated into ENG 385: Children’s Literature. They will also describe a special course component in which students receive training in the methods and materials of the digital humanities, including text encoding.

Speakers:
Bill Gleason is Professor and Chair of the Department of English. A specialist in American literature and culture, his research and teaching interests range from the 18th century to the present, with particular emphasis on the late 19th/early 20th century, and include popular culture, material culture, environmental studies, and the history of the book.

Andrea Immel, Curator of the Cotsen Children’s Library since 1995, organizes international conferences, gallery and virtual exhibitions, and acquires materials for the collection.  She contributed chapters to volumes 5 and 6 of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, and co-edited Childhood and Children’s Books in Early Modern Europe, and the Cambridge Companion to Children’s Literature.

Ben Johnston is manager of OIT’s Humanities Resource Center in East Pyne.  Since 2005, Ben has worked with Princeton educators, students, and researchers across the Humanities and Social Sciences to facilitate the use of digital assets, technology tools, databases, and digital video in teaching and research. Ben is also an active member of Princeton Digital Humanities Initiative.

Clifford Wulfman is coordinator of Library Digital Initiatives and Director of the Blue Mountain Project. In addition to many years’ experience with text encoding, Cliff has published numerous articles on topics in the digital humanities and is co-author, with Robert Scholes, of Modernism in the Magazines: An Introduction.

 

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The Productive Scholar: Turning Freshmen into Scientists: Hardware, Software, and Hands-on Technology in the Field

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Topic: Turning Freshmen into Scientists: Hardware, Software, and Hands-on Technology in the FieldPS-FroshScientists-image2-web
Speakers: Adam Maloof and Frederik J. Simons

Time: Thursday, April 24, 4:30pm – 5:30pm (SPECIAL TIME!)
Location: HRC Classroom, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

Refreshments will be provided. To register for this session: http://bit.ly/Frosh-Sci
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

For six years FRS 145/149/171/187 has taught students to define a hypothesis, collect data to test that hypothesis, analyze their data using quantitative techniques, and present their work in the form of scientific prose and figures.  Technology plays a central role in this mission, in the form of field instrumentation such as radar, magnetometry and GPS to collect data, and software such as Matlab and ArcGIS to analyze and present data. In this session Professors Adam Maloof and Frederick Simons will detail the lessons from their six year journey developing and refining their curriculum for turning Freshmen into scientists.

Adam Maloof is an Associate Professor of Geosciences. He is a field geologist who studies the rock record of the coevolution of animals and climate.

Frederik J. Simons is an Associate Professor of Geosciences. He is a geophysicist who specializes in the analysis of data from seismological networks and satellite gravity missions to study the structure and evolution of the Earth’s continents and their ice cover.

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The Productive Scholar: Overview of Q-APS: Social Science Research Support for Scholars

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Topic: Overview of Q-APS (Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science): Social Science Research Support for Scholarsviews
Speaker: Jonathan Olmsted

Time: Thursday, April 17, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: HRCC, 012 East Pyne, Lower Level

 

 

 

The Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) offers training, consulting, and resources in support of social science and beyond. In this presentation, Jonathan Olmsted will outline and discuss examples of the ways Q-APS supports social science research at Princeton University for Princeton affiliates of all levels. The goal of this talk is to introduce these forms of support to a broader audience within the university.

SESSION RECAP: Jonathan provided a detailed overview of the various resources of Q-APS that are available to members of the campus. Though the focus of the presentation was on the social scientists Q-APS also works with humanists and those who, regardless of discipline, want to explore applying quantitative analysis to their research. Jonathan’s review included past and current examples of Q-APS’ support offerings including teaching…[more after the jump]

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The Productive Scholar: Risk in Media Discourse: An Introduction to Topic Modeling with R and Python

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Topic: Risk in Media Discourse: An Introduction to Topic Modeling with R and Python461972367(1)
Speaker: Manish Nag

Time: Thursday, April 10, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: New Media Center (NMC), 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

Lunch will be provided. To register for this session: http://bit.ly/Risk-TM
(Registration is not required for attendance, however refreshments may be limited.)

Amidst global concerns over financial markets, terrorism, and outbreaks of disease, the term “risk” pervades contemporary Western media discourse. Manish Nag’s dissertation is interested in the overall landscape of risk in contemporary news media discourse, using the full text of the New York Times from 1987-2006. What are the predominant threads of discourse related to risk, how does this discourse grow and change over time?  Manish’s presentation presents how topic modeling can be used to help answer these questions.

Speaker
Manish Nag is a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology. His research seeks to understand the global landscape of media discourse on global risk, as well as change and resilience in global networks of people, goods and ideas. His research utilizes mapping, data visualization, the analysis of text, and social network analysis. Manish received his BA in Computer Science from Brown University, and has worked as a software engineer, entrepreneur, and manger prior to his graduate work.

Presentation co-sponsored with Digital Humanities Initiative at Princeton (DHI).

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The Productive Scholar: Tools for Text Analysis in the Humanities

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Text Analysis with NLTK Cheatsheet

Topic: Tools for Text Analysis in the Humanities170192449
Speaker: Ben Johnston

Time: Thursday, April 3, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Location: New Media Center, 130 Lewis Library, First Floor

 

A sequel to last semester’s ‘Tools for Text Analysis in the Humanities’, this session will give participants a brief yet hands-on introduction to NLTK, the Natural Language Toolkit. This extension to the popular Python programming language is geared specifically toward computational work with written human language data. In this introduction, we will use tools from this library to tokenize a corpus into sentences, n-grams, and words, create word frequency lists, view concordances, and do part-of-speech tagging. In doing so, this session will also serve as a very gentle introduction to the Python programming language. Absolutely no experience with Python or with programming is expected or required.

SESSION RECAP: Presenter Ben Johnston started by providing a contextual framework for this session which focused on Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK) and Python. He emphasizing the impossibility of actually learning Python in an hour, and the importance of those who have developed a sincere enthusiasm for the applications of digital tool with which they’ve become familiar to engage in ‘knowledge sharing,’ with peers and others. Knowledge sharing requires knowledge but not at the expert level. Digital humanists should be encouraged to share knowledge even while they themselves are still learning (as you will likely never stop learning). Doing so reinforces learning and helps build community–both important aspects of gaining competency in the digital humanities. Here’s an excerpt from Ben’s introduction: Continue reading

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