SHERWOOD DELIVERS KEYNOTE ON BORN DIGITAL-LITERATURE AND PEDAGOGY


Associate Professor Kenneth Sherwood delivered the keynote address “Born Digital-Literature and Pedagogy” for the Creative Writing Festival at Suffolk Community College, Long Island, New York, providing insights into the teaching of born digital literature to college students.

The conference for SCC faculty and students celebrates literature and the teaching of creative writing. Sherwood addressed the audience on the incorporation of born digital literature into the curriculum for creative writing and introductory literature classes. Born digital literature includes creative work that incorporates code in its composition and display.

Sherwood gave an overview of the varieties of born digital literature produced in the last two decades, related his teaching experiences from IUP classes (introduction to graduate level), and made the case for a read/write pedagogy in which students not only read digital literature but are taught to make it. The talk also featured a brief exhibition of works written and coded by IUP English students/graduates Eliza Albert, Melissa Clark, Andrew Chonoiski, Brian Humphreys, and Jessica Showalter.
Sherwood teaches in the IUP English Department and co-directs the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. Courses he has designed or co-designed include the undergraduate course, ENGL 421 Digital Writing, and graduate courses ENGL 771/871 Postmodern Topics: Digital Literature, ENGL 781 Digital Literacy,and ENGL 757/857 Digital Composition, Literature and Pedagogy.

Learn more about the Ninth Annual SCCC Creative Writing Festival's
Conference Day 2016.

Distanced Sounding: Versioning Poems in the Digital Audio Archive

Kenneth Sherwood (English Department) delivered a presentation entitled "Distanced Sounding: Versioning Poems in the Digital Audio Archive" at the 2016 annual conference of the Modern Language Association, held this year from January 7 to 10 in Austin, Texas.

As part of a program on "Close and Distant Listening," Sherwood's research explores how the rise of audio archives invites new listening, research, and archiving strategies. Using a tool called ARLO, hosted on an NCSA supercomputer, Sherwood detailed a case study using visualization and the application of a structured vocabulary for tagging paralinguistic.

For more, view the MLA program https://apps.mla.org/program_details?prog_id=136&year=2016

or slides: http://bit.ly/MLA-DistList-Sherwood

Sherwood teaches graduate courses in the Digital Humanities at IUP and codirects the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. http://www.iupdhc.org

Spreading the Word: Open Access Digital Scholarship in the 21st Century

Thurs, Nov. 12, 11am

The manner in which students and scholars produce and consume research has undergone a shift in recent decades. Expanded research territories, rich avenues for collaboration, and new paths for sharing knowledge abound. At the same time, questions remain for many about this new landscape, such as: What is the status of open access journals? What are the most professional ways for authors to leverage their rights to share research? What roles are available for libraries, university centers, departments, professional organizations, or individual scholars in promoting open access? How can the scholarly community navigate this landscape to accomplish our individual and collective goals?

Join us for a presentation by Josh Bolick (Scholarly Communications Librarian, Watson Library, University of Kansas) to learn more about institutional repositories, open access journals, and the present and future of digital scholarship. Mr. Bolick will introduce these topics from his experience as a scholarly communications librarian, address specific opportunities available to the IUP community, and respond to audience questions.

Format: 45 min presentation, 15 min Q&A

Location: (Stabley 201)
(Please RSVP - http://bit.ly/OpenAccessIUPEvent; refreshments will be served following the presentation)

Co-sponsors:
Center for Digital Humanities and Culture
IUP Libraries
Department of English Colloquium Series
School of Graduate Studies and Research

Advocating for Open Access

As part of Banned Books week at IUP, DHC Co-Director Ken Sherwood joined a panel of IUP faculty from English, Criminology, Political Science, and IT to discuss the case of Aaron Swartz, and efforts to open access to scholarly publications for researchers and students.

The slideshow for Dr. Sherwood's contribution, "Digital Progress," is available below:

The Center for Digital Humanities is currently supporting the development of Dr. Tanya Heflin's Open Access project on Women's Diaries, which will be featured on this site in coming months.

Sherwood Publishes on Distanced Sounding Investigations Using Computers


Kenneth Sherwood's article "Distanced Sounding: ARLO as a tool for the analysis and visualization of versioning phenomena within poetry audio" has been published by _Jacket 2_, a serial sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing. In "Distanced Sounding," Sherwood outlines a research program for applying machine learning and computation to large scale questions posed by digital archives.

The article is available online and contributes to a series of working papers on experimental digital analyses of poetry audio: Jacket2

Sherwood is Associate Professor of English at IUP and co-director of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture. He teaches poetics, avant-garde writing, and digital humanities in the doctoral program for Literature and Criticism.

DHC Presents Toolkit and Omeka at College Tech Day

DHC faculty and students will offer two presentations at the College Technology Day, August 20th.


Open Source Toolkit – Stouffer G16D at 10am


IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture Affiliates: Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, Dr. Dan Weinstein, Adam Colton,
Eliza Albert, Wesley Dunning, Annie Lin
Empowering digital teachers and learners through access to open-source software (including Firefox, LibreOffice, Zotero, Audacity, and GIMP). Through the Open Source Toolkit, the DHC exposes the university community to software freedom. This demonstration provides the rationale for Open Source, gives on overview of available tools, and provides attendees with a configured flash-drive of Open Source tools. (Limited to 20). The Open Source Toolkit was assembled by a team of DHC affiliate faculty and students for the IUP community.


Introducing Omeka - An Academic Exhibit and Mapping Web Tool – Stouffer G16D at 11am


IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture Affiliates: Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, Dr. Dan Weinstein, Dr. Tanya Heflin,
Adam Colton

Omeka provides the capacity for the creation and web publication of educational and scholarly teaching exhibitions of artifacts, images, and other data. This presentation introduces Omeka, shows model exhibits, and provides a hands-on opportunity to explore building an Omeka exhibit. The Omeka/Neatline suite is a specialized toolset that would be useful for history, anthropology, art, sociology, English, and other disciplines. Basic access is available free at Omeka.net. The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is launching an IUP Omeka project service and training for members of the IUP community in AY 2015-16.

DHC Open Source Toolkit Workshop Series: Photoshopping without Photoshop

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to announce the seventh of its ongoing workshops for the Open Source Toolkit. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the DHC team this coming Monday to learn about using GIMP, a free, open source alternative to Adobe’s Photoshop image editing program. The workshop takes place on Monday, May 5, from 12:15–1:15 p.m. in Stabley Library, room 201.

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Monday’s will be an exciting presentation of GIMP, a free, open source, cross-platform, and highly capable image editing program. Resident image magicians Eliza Albert and Kenneth Sherwood will discuss good reasons to use GIMP and demonstrate some of the program’s most popular features.

This workshop will focus on practical, everyday uses of GIMP, including common operations such as image cropping, red eye removal, layer blending, and that holy grail of image effects: making the background of an image disappear.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and provide participants with the Open Source toolkit, which includes a portable version of GIMP, already installed.
Additional information about the workshop series is available on the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website. Questions also may be directed to the DHC by e-mail at iupdhc@gmail.com.

Libre Office, Free Alternative to Microsoft Office: Open Source Toolkit Workshop

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The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to announce the sixth of its ongoing workshops for the Open Source Toolkit. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the DHC team this week to learn about using Libre Office, a free, open source alternative to the Microsoft Office suite of productivity applications. The workshop takes place on Monday, April 21, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Stabley Library, room 201.

Monday's will be an exciting tag team presentation of many of Libre Office’s highly capable programs, involving several members of the DHC team, including Kenneth Sherwood, Dan Weinstein, Annie Lin, and Adam Colton. Libre Office’s word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and presentation programs will be showcased.

This workshop will focus on practical, everyday uses of Libre Office, as well as how to use more specialized features, such as support for math formulae, the 3D rendering capability of its drawing tool, and wizards that automatically format your documents and can even transform them into websites.

Used by an estimated 75 million people across the globe, Libre Office is celebrated for working well with a wide variety of document formats (including Microsoft formats) and for its stability and ease of use across many operating systems.

This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and provide participants with the Open Source toolkit, which includes a portable version of Libre Office, already installed.

Additional information about the workshop series is available on the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website. Questions also may be directed to the DHC by e-mail at iupdhc@gmail.com.

THE PLAYFUL TEXT: CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES ON VIDEO GAMES

The Department of English and The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture are pleased to announce a 3-part colloquium series. The series is organized by English Literature and Criticism Ph.D. student Chih-Lung “Jeff” Kung and English Department faculty member Dr. Mike Sell.


Faculty, staff, and students are invited to explore video games as an important part of our contemporary culture and as a “playful text,” a form of art that uses narrative, metaphor, character, dialogue, and allusions to other literary texts to create powerful experiences and high-impact statements about who we are and who we might be.

COLLOQUIUM 1: “PLAYING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF WHITENESS”
April 15th, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm: Stabley Library Room 201

PROFESSOR MIKE SELL explores the ideological dimensions of game design, whiteness, and the pleasures of the first-person shooter in BIOSHOCK INFINITE. Regarded as one of the best releases of 2013, the game has been celebrated for its head-on confrontation with racism, imperialism, and the myth of Manifest Destiny, but also criticized for its deeply flawed story and design. A question-and-answer session will follow.

COLLOQUIUM 2: "RECYCLE, REUSE, REDEMPTION: RED DEAD REDEMPTION'S GAMEPLAY AND ECOCRITICISM"
April 17th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Stabley Library, Room 201.

Join PHD CANDIDATE BRANDON GALM as he roams RockStar Games’ RED DEAD REDEMPTION armed with ECOCRITICAL THEORY. This highly celebrated open-world game takes place in a Wild West landscape undergoing radical social, political, and environmental change. The player must not only decide exactly how “civilized” they will act but, just as importantly, how many animals she will kill and how many plants she will cut down. A question-and-answer session will follow.

COLLOQUIUM 3: “PLAYING WITH RACE & HISTORY: INTERACTIVE FICTION”
April 22nd, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Stabley Library, Room 201.

PH.D. CANDIDATE CHIH-LUNG “JEFF” KUNG will lead a workshop play-session and discussion of AARON REED’S MAYBE MAKE SOME CHANGE, an award-winning, web-based, interactive fiction based on the MAYWAND DISTRICT KILLINGS IN AFGHANISTAN. He will explore various ways maybe make some change challenges the conventions of INTERACTIVE FICTION (A.K.A. TEXT-ADVENTURE) to critique the War on Terror and focus our attention on the ways we think about U.S. soldiers’ experiences in the war. A question-and-answer session will follow.

Questions? Contact Professor Mike Sell at msell@iup.edu

Markdown, Not Markup

The Center for Digital Humanities and Culture is pleased to announce the fifth of its ongoing workshops for the Open Source Toolkit. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join us to learn about using the web shorthand called Markdown to easily publish and share documents for the web. The workshop takes place on Monday, April 7 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Stabley Library 201.

Markdown is a simple, easy to learn way to creating documents for the web without the complexity of HTML getting in the way of the writing workflow. Markdown also allows you to avoid using web editors or messy conversions such as those produced by tools like MS Word. Whether you write for a blog or Moodle, Markdown is for you.

Not only is Markdown a handy time-saver for daily work, it is also flexible and secure. Using Markdown allows you to write in any environment you choose -- a web browser, a text editor, even your phone or tablet; it also reflects some core open-source values of accessibility and portability. Unlike the documents you might have created in Wordperfect, Pagemaker, MacWrite or Wordstar, files you create and save in Markdown will always be readable. In addition, Markdown also shines in its flexibility: documents can be easily converted to HTML for the web, docs, PDFs, and even slideshows.

Workshop leader undergraduate Annie Lin, assisted by Dr. Kenneth Sherwood, will provide a practical introduction to using Markdown that will leave participants fluent in this new, simple language and able to apply it to a variety of applications. This interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for hands-on experimentation and provide participants with the Open Source toolkit to produce their own websites and Markdown documents.

Slideshow, PDF, Web page, MD source.

Additional information about the workshop series is available on the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture website. Questions also may be directed to the DHC by e-mail at iupdhc@gmail.com.