Creative Coding - Coffee Talk and Workshop

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"Creative" or "Exploratory" coding involves teaching programming fundamentals to allow people outside of computer science to gain agency in the digital domain.

Through a Coffee Talk (Tues, 9am, Sutton 352) and a free, hands-on workshop (Weds, 9am, Sutton 352), Tomi Dufva invites members of the IUP community to become acquainted with the ways expression and the understanding of code can go together.

Tomi Dufva is co-founder of a school integrating coding an art for children. If you have interests in Video Game studies, Digital literature, Digital humanities or allied fields, please come to the Coffee Talk tomorrow morning or consider attending the hands-on workshop this Wednesday.


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.

PDF of slides

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

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Sherwood teaches graduate courses in the Digital Humanities at IUP and codirects the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture.

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.

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 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.


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.

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.

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.

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

Sherwood Leads Workshop for Faculty, Library Archivists, and Grads at U Cincinnati

Kenneth Sherwood, Associate Professor of English and DHC Co-director, led a day-long workshop for the Elliston Project Digital Archive at the University of Cincinnati on 5 October, 2013. The workshop introduced UC faculty, library staff, and graduate students to theories and strategy for teaching with poetry audio.

Sherwood Helps Shape Supercomputing Tool for Literary Analysis

Co-founder of the IUP Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, Dr. Kenneth Sherwood spent a week at UT Austin this past May as an invited participant in "High Performance Sound Technology for Access and Scholarship." This National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities centers involves an innovative use of supercomputers for the analysis of spoken word audio.

Cyber Performances: Exploring How Students Interpret Digital English Projects

EAPSU 2007, Indiana University of PA

Students reinterpret literacy practices through collaborative digital performance.

Gian S. Pagnucci
Kenneth Sherwood
Eric Glicker