DH Summer 2019: Narrating Place and Connecting with our Northeast Ohio Community

Grow your expertise in the emerging field of the digital humanities and in public communication by participating in one, two, or three of our 1-credit courses: “Exploring Archives”; “Using Clio in the Community”; and “Digital Exhibits.”

Exploring Archives: Historic Preservation 488/588 and English 488

Small archives are treasure troves of original letters, journals, and photographs that document the joys and tribulations of everyday citizens. Join us on this adventure in the Shanower Archives/Library at Century Village in Burton, Ohio, where we will explore this archival repository while creating an inventory of its collections for the library committee’s use.

This course is for you if you are considering a profession in archives, libraries, or historical research! And this type of aid is exceptionally beneficial to small non-profit historical societies with big jobs and limited resources.

Download the syllabus here.

Creating Clio in the Community: Historic Preservation 488/588 and English 488

In this course, we will use the digital application Clioto explore and document the Anisfield-Wolf inspired murals located at University Circle. (More information available: http://interurban-cle.com) Through this small-scale digital humanities project, you will learn how to curate the stories we tell about place and our community for a public audience and gain transferrable skills in digital mapping and virtual tours for future projects.

Download the syllabus here.

Building Digital Exhibits: Historic Preservation 488/588 and English 488

Once you have your digital artifacts, how do you curate them? How can you effectively create a digital exhibit that successfully narrates the story you want to tell to your public? How can scholars and students alike create compelling, public-facing projects that capture their audiences’ attentions? This course will explore the use of the platforms Story Maps and Omeka, and will culminate in a mini-symposium where we can share our work, celebrate our successes, and learn from one another’s approaches.

Download the syllabus here.

Why you should take all three: 

The skill-sets that each class develops work together. Pulling from archival materials and/or what you collect from your interaction with the Clio application will allow you to create a digital exhibit. This means that you will first gather the primary source material, and then you will have the chance to curate those artifacts in order to build public-facing displays that compellingly narrate the importance of place in our community. These are essential and practical storytelling skills in the 21st-century.

We will end the course with a “mini” digital symposium where you will have the chance to formally demonstrate to classmates, faculty, and invited guests all of the skills you have learned over the course of the three-part series. These mini-projects are great additions to professional portfolios and can be built upon independently after the course ends. We hope that many of our Ursuline students choose to develop their projects further, entering them into the Student Research Symposium in 2020.