July 2017 Archives

July 19, 2017

Upcoming Courses

Looking for classes to take this fall? Check out a few exciting DH-related courses below!

If you are teaching a course connected to DH and would like it included, please email the DHLab.

Introduction to Computing and Programming
CPSC 100 01 (10692)  
Benedict Brown
Natalie Melo
Introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and to the art of programming. Students learn how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript, plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming. See CS50's website, https://cs50.yale.edu, for additional information.
No previous programming experience required. Open to students of all levels and majors.
Intro to Digital Humanities
AMST 231 01 (13934) /WGSS231
Laura Wexler and Angel Nieves
This course will explore the application of computational methods such as text analysis, mapping, and network analysis to traditional and new forms of inquiry in the humanities. We will consider what methods are best for which forms of inquiry, how to apply those methods, and how new questions arise in the process. The limitations and challenges as well as the promises of digital humanities will be examined. DH Fellow jub Sankofa will assist with this course.


The Long Civil Rights Movement
AFAM 125 01 (10287) /HIST136/AMST125
Crystal Feimster
Political, social, and artistic aspects of the U.S. civil rights movement from the 1920s through the 1980s explored in the context of other organized efforts for social change. Focus on relations between the African American freedom movement and debates about gender, labor, sexuality, and foreign policy. Changing representations of social movements in twentieth-century American culture; the politics of historical analysis. DH Fellow Amanda Joyce Hall will assist with this course.
Literature and Philosophy from Locke to Kant
ENGL 729 01 (12519)  
Jonathan Kramnick 
This is a class on epistemology, aesthetics, and literary form. We read major works in empiricism and moral philosophy alongside poetry and fiction in several genres. We ask, for example, how do poetry, fiction, and the visual arts recruit and account for perceptual experience or consider material and natural objects? What happens when the empirical psychology of consciousness or the categories of the sublime, beautiful, and picturesque take narrative or poetic form? What sort of ethical models follow from formal or generic decisions? We focus throughout on how these topics have been discussed across the history of literary studies, and we pay close attention to current debates in the field, including those prompted by new formalisms and materialisms, critical race studies, cognitive literary studies, and the digital humanities. Authors include Locke, Behn, Defoe, Pope, Addison, Hume, Burke, Sterne, Smith, Kant, and Wordsworth.


Documentary Film Workshop
FILM 735 01 (12393) /FILM455/AMST832/EVST463/AMST463
Charles Musser
This workshop in audiovisual scholarship explores ways to present research through the moving image. Students work within a Public Humanities framework to make a documentary that draws on their disciplinary fields of study. Designed to fulfill requirements for the M.A. with a concentration in Public Humanities. DH Fellow Masha Shpolberg will assist with this course.
Computational Tools for Data Science
CPSC 262 01 (12345) /S&DS562/AMTH262/S&DS262
Sahand Negahban
An introduction to computational tools for data science. The analysis of data using regression, classification, clustering, principal component analysis, independent component analysis, dictionary learning, topic modeling, dimension reduction, and network analysis. Optimization by gradient methods and alternating minimization.   The application of high performance computing and streaming algorithms to the analysis of large data sets.  Prerequisites: linear algebra, multivariable calculus, programming.
Prerequisites: after or concurrently with MATH 222, 225, or 231; after or concurrently with MATH 120, 230, or ENAS 151; after or concurrently with CPSC 100, 112, or ENAS 130.
Programming Musical Applications
CPSC 134 01 (10693) /MUSI372
Scott Petersen
Topics in computer music, including musical representations for computing, automated music analysis and composition, interactive systems, and virtual instrument design. Use of domain-specific programming languages and libraries to explore how the principles of computer science can be applied to music to create new interfaces, instruments, and tools.
Recommended preparation: the ability to read music or play an instrument.
Quantitative Linguistics using Corpora
LING 634 01 (11500) /LING234
Introduction to the basics of corpus linguistics. Students learn to compile and process corpora and conduct statistical tests to better understand linguistic patterns and are provided with the background and tools necessary to pursue further research in this area. Digital humanities students from other departments are welcome.
Prerequisite: one entry-level linguistics course (e.g., phonetics, phonology, syntax, and psycholinguistics) or permission of the instructor.
Quantitative Linguistics using Corpora
LING 234 01 (11499) /LING634
Introduction to the basics of corpus linguistics. Students will be able to compile and process text corpora and conduct statistical tests to better understand linguistic patterns and will be provided with the background and tools necessary to pursue further research in this area. Digital humanities students from other departments are welcome.
Prerequisite: entry level linguistics course (e.g. phonetics, phonology, syntax, and psycholinguistics), or with permission of the instructor.

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March 21, 2017

Join us for VOLVER, Pedro Almodóvar's 2006 drama about three generations of women, starring Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Lola Dueñas, and Yohana Cobo. 2:00pm Sunday, September 17, at the Whitney Humanities Center (53 Wall Street). "Treasures from the Yale Film Archive" screenings are always free and open to everyone. Learn more.

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July 13, 2017

AEON logo

The Gilmore Music Library has adopted a new system, called Aeon, that enables you to request special collections directly from the catalogs where you look them up, to view at the Music Library.

When you have found the item you want in Orbis or Quicksearch, just click the link that says “Request for Use in Music Library.” In the Yale Finding Aid Database, identify the box you want, and then click the link that says “Request Box.”

If you’ve done special collections research at Yale recently, you already have an Aeon account. If you don’t, you’ll be prompted to fill out the online registration form and agree to the terms and conditions. You can use your Aeon account to see your past requests as well as manage current ones.

If you have done research at certain other Yale libraries (such as Beinecke), you may already be accustomed to placing your requests in Aeon. But unlike those libraries, the Music Library still asks that you make an appointment to view the materials you request. Our special collections reading room and staff are small, so we want to be sure that we can help you when you come in.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us

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July 7, 2017

The Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies is delighted to announce that it is the recipient of a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. The Delmas Foundation, which was established to promote “the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity,” will help the Archive transcribe the oldest testimonies in its collection, which were recorded between 1979 and 1981 by the Archive’s predecessor organization: the Holocaust Survivors Film Project.

The project, Voice to Print: Transcribing the Early Years of the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, will produce high-quality, verbatim transcripts for over 300 hours of video testimony. The transcripts will be ingested into the Fortunoff Archive’s digital access system and made available to researchers, as well as serve as a test bed for digital humanities research by the Archive’s incoming Fortunoff Archive/Digital Humanities Lab postdoctoral assistant. 

This project is designed as a pilot to help the Archive plan a future effort to transcribe the entire collection, which consists of approximately 12,000 hours of testimony in over a dozen different languages.

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July 7, 2017

Adding to existing extracts available on its YouTube channel, additional materials from Oral History of American Music's (OHAM) renowned collection are now publicly available online via the Gilmore Music Library's recently launched instance of Avalon Media System. This new collection of extracts will serve as a test of Avalon's ability to provide unrestricted access to digital or digitized audiovisual materials to a global audience, rights permitting. 

Since its founding in 1969 at Yale University,  OHAM has been dedicated to the collection and preservation of the voices of the major musical figures of our time. The project captures musicians’ narratives and reflections in their own words through in-depth interviews. With an ever-expanding collection, OHAM is a living archive, currently comprising over 2,600 audio and video recordings. OHAM regularly conduct, catalogue, and transcribe interviews with emerging talents and established artists, producing a wealth of primary and secondary source material accessible to musicians, students, scholars, arts organizations, and the media.

The extracts now available online feature noted composers and performers from the 1960s through today including Eubie Blake, Nadia Boulanger, Anthony Braxton, Martin Bresnick, Charles Buesing (an employee of Charles Ives), John Cage, Aaron Copland, Henry Cowell, Duke Ellington, Lou Harrison, Babe LaPine (Charles Ives’ barber!), David Lang, Ingram Marshall, Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.

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July 5, 2017

The Digital Humanities Lab is thrilled to announce the launch of Ashbery’s Nest, a virtual tour of the American poet's Victorian home. Beginning with a prototype of the Center Hall, the site provides a unique opportunity both to see the art, objects, books, and furniture in the house, and also to hear clips from Ashbery himself, as he reads from related poems and discusses the role that these things, including the space itself, have played in his creative life.

For more information, please visit our project page, or go directly to Ashbery's Nest itself!

Post on July 5, 2017 - 10:36am |

Petition regarding Commons, page 1, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

Petition regarding Commons, page 1, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

Petition regarding Commons, page 1, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

In a December 1995 “Old Yale” column from the Yale Alumni Magazine, Chief Research Archivist Judy Schiff traces the history of dissatisfaction with dining facilities, service, and fare all the way back to the opening of the first Yale College building in New Haven in 1718. Sometime in 1800-1801, more than two and a half decades before the infamous Bread and Butter Rebellion of 1828, four members of the Class of 1802 sent a petition to Yale President Timothy Dwight protesting against the immoral and wicked behavior of the kitchen staff. The petition survives in Box 1, folder 5 of the Bates Family Papers (MS 65) in Manuscripts and Archives. Herewith the text of the petition:

To the President of Yale College.


Sensible of the important purposes for which the Commons was originally designed, and convinced of the salutary consequences of which they might still be productive, we cannot but regret the unfortunate perversion of so valuable an institution.

With these impressions, and with the presumption that the President is ignorant of the conduct of those employed in the Hall, we beg leave respectfully to remonstrate, and submit to his consideration the following facts.

  • 1st. We have satisfactory proof that they have unwarrantably converted to their own use sundry articles belonging to the kitchen.
  • 2d .They have served up a part of our provision, in a more palatable manner, which, for a pecuniary reward, they have appropriated to the use of individuals.
  • 3d. They have continually harboured the low, riotous, and immoral inhabitants of this town.
  • 4th. They are destitute of cleanliness.
  • 5th. By deserting the hall, for the purpose of prosecuting their own private, they have shamefully neglected the duties of their occupation.
  • 6th. They have in the presence of the more young and inexperienced students, traduced the character of the Authority.
  • 7th. They admit into the hall, to the exclusion of others, those who will furnish them with spiritous liquors.
  • 8th. They have appropriated to their own use much more than an equitable portion of the better provisions provided by the steward.
  • 9th. They are notorious for excessive drinking.
  • 10th. They are openly profane.
  • 11th. They constantly violate the sabbath, by admitting into their company disreputable persons, and by diverting themselves with ludicrous and improper amusements.

It is therefore the unanimous request of the Junior Class that for these and many other improprieties, the President would take into consideration the conduct of the Cooks and make such regulations as he shall think proper.

Isaac C. Bates, Wm. F. Brainard, Jeremiah Evarts, Junius Smith, Committee in behalf of the Class

Petition regarding Commons, page 2, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

Petition regarding Commons, page 2, circa 1800-1801, Bates Family Papers (MS 65), Box 1, folder 5

The “Commons” in question in the petition was the first separately standing Commons building on Yale’s Old Campus. It was built in 1782 as a dining hall, or Commons, and designed by Jeremiah Atwater. It’s location was behind South Middle College (today’s Connecticut Hall) and behind the Chapel Street location where Street Hall was eventually constructed in 1864, approximately in the present location of the southern end of McClellan Hall. It served as the dining commons for Yale College students until 1820, when a larger Commons building was constructed nearby. From 1820-1888 the building was used as a chemical laboratory and known as the Old Laboratory, and from 1885-1887 also served as the first home for the Yale Cooperative Society (which after 1893 became the Yale Cooperative Corporation). The building was demolished in 1888, contemporaneously with the construction of the new Kent Chemical Laboratory building across High St. from the Old Library (now Dwight Hall) at the corner of Library St. (on a site now occupied by Jonathan Edwards College).

And what of the four members of the Class of 1802 selected by their classmates to petition the Yale College president seeking some kind of redress for the perceived abuses of the Commons staff?

  • Isaac Chapman Bates (January 23, 1779-March 16, 1845) practiced law in Northampton, Massachusetts, and later served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1827-1835) and the U.S. Senate (1841-1845) representing Massachusetts.
  • William F. Brainard practiced law in his hometown of New London, Connecticut.
  • Jeremiah F. Evarts (February 3, 1781-May 10, 1831) also was a lawyer, served for many years as treasurer then secretary of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. He was one of the leading opponents of Indian removal, and engaged in lobbying efforts attempting unsuccessfully to defeat the Indian Removal Act of 1830.
  • Junius Smith (1780-1853) also practiced law, and later in his life was a determined supporter of efforts to build a fleet of transatlantic steam ships.

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