December 2017 Archives

January 3, 2018

This is a Test News.

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December 18, 2017

Vintage poster of the New Haven Grays Band

The Gilmore Music Library’s special collections naturally contain an abundance of materials from Yale faculty, students, and alumni, and such items have appeared in many of our other exhibits. But in Musical Roots of the Elm City, we focus instead on local music and musicians with little or no connection to Yale. The online exhibit features a wide variety of items from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, including sheet music, concert programs, and sound recordings, and it encompasses classical, military, jazz, popular, and film music.

This online exhibit runs October 16th to January 10th. It was curated by Richard Boursy. Launch the online exhibit here.

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April 6, 2018

Call for Presenters for 2018 Beyond Boundaries

Deadline for proposals: February 19, 2018
Event: April 6, 2018

How can virtual reality technologies help us understand poetry? What does music reveal about the brain? The Yale Digital Humanities Lab and STEAM are excited to open submissions for this year’s Beyond Boundaries: An Annual Symposium on Hybrid Scholarship at Yale, which will take place on Friday, April 6. We welcome submissions from any projects that combine humanistic and scientific approaches. 
Beyond Boundaries features the work of Yale undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff on topics ranging from computer-generated models and data mining to maps of literary characters over the course of a novel. If you are interested in presenting a poster or giving a 7-minute lightning talk at the event, please submit a short online application by February 19. Poster presenters will have the option to show their work on a computer. Undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, faculty, and staff are encouraged to apply.

For projects from previous years, please visit: BB2016 and BB2017

April 6 Event Schedule

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall and Exhibition Room

9:30am - 9:55am - Coffee, refreshments, sign in
No advanced registration is required; the whole event is open to the public
9:55am - 10:00am - Welcome
Peter Leonard, Director of the Digital Humanities Lab
10:00am - 11:00am - Lightning talks
Presentations by undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral associates
11:00am - 12:00pm - Roundtable discussion
Presentations by faculty and staff on the benefits and challenges digital methods pose for research and teaching
Panelists include:
Benedict Brown, Computer Science
Wai Chee Dimock, American Studies and English
Thomas Duffy, Music
Paul Messier, Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Karin Roffman, Humanities Studies
12:00pm - 12:05pm - Closing remarks
Susan Gibbons, University Librarian and Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication
12:05pm - 1:00pm - Poster session
Showcase of projects by students, postdoctoral associates, faculty, and staff

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December 18, 2017

Vintage postcard of the Andover Newton Theological School at Yale

In 1807, Andover Theological Seminary began offering graduate coursework for students preparing for the Christian ministry. Founded by New England Congregationalists, the school was a harbinger for graduate education in the United States. Prior to Andover’s founding, American Protestant ministers attended undergraduate colleges and then went on to work under the tutelage of active clergy appointed to local churches and parishes. Andover helped changed this model of education by offering graduate coursework for prospective clergy. 

The original faculty of Andover had left Harvard College over theological concerns related to growing academic interest in Unitarianism. The faculty were intent on creating their own space for graduate education, establishing a department of divinity and raising funds for the creation of the first endowed professorship in North America. Andover was the first seminary to offer a formal graduate degree with courses that included the Bible, Church History, Doctrinal Theology, and Practical Ministry. This model became a curricular example for Protestant seminaries and divinity schools throughout the United States. 

In 1825, Newton Theological Institution was founded as a Baptist seminary built upon the same curricular model as Andover and committed to supplying ministers in towns and cities throughout New England. In 1965, Andover Theological Seminary and Newton Theological Institution merged to form Andover Newton Theological School. The School has been located on “the Hill” in Newton Centre, MA and is affiliated with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches USA. 

In July, 2017 Andover Newton Theological School and Yale Divinity School agreed to a formal affiliation. Students will begin their theological education at Yale Divinity School and Andover Newton’s special collections and archives will become part of collections of the Divinity Library. This exhibit will celebrate the arrival of the archive at the Divinity Library and will spotlight the institutional history and vast special collections and archives of Andover Newton Theological School. 

This exhibit is housed in five cases throughout the Divinity Library and is available to view during operating hours. This exhibitions runs November 13, 2017 through to June 4, 2018. It was curated by: Christopher J. Anderson, Special Collections Librarian and Curator of the Day Missions Library.  

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December 18, 2017

In the coming new year, A new Team "Assessment and User Experience Research" .. see this to have the teams purpose, goals, services, ... information ... 

The assessment program had success in bringing the principles and practices of assessment to Yale University Library. As the culture of assessment has developed, the institution needs have grown. AUXR team is designed to address the expanding assessment program as well as incorporating the user research program that has developed under the auspices of Library IT.

Sarah is the team leader, she works with many units for years. She will lead to meet the goal, service, expectation for the team.

Jenn is responsible for leading the YUL qualitative research program within the YUL Assessment program portfolio. With the focus on the diverse YUL user community, she will coordinate user testing for library teams developing, modifying, and implementing new services and enhancing and upgrading existing services. She will also support EliScholar, the digital platform for scholarly publishing provided by Yale University Library.

Meng supports the data initiatives in the YUL assessment program portfolio. The program provides leadership in the generation, analysis, and communication of data related to library collections, systems, and services. Meng will document requirements, define scope, outline objectives, and formulate solutions to meet the data needs of YUL.

The team will perform a variety of tasks in support of assessment programs and projects.

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December 18, 2017

Upcoming Courses, Spring 2018

Looking for classes to take this spring? Here are some exciting DH-related courses that will be offered!
If you are teaching a course connected to DH and would like it included, please email the DHLab.
Digital Humanities Apps
CPSC 276
Benedict Brown
Introduction to applications of computer and data science in the humanities, including web technologies, visualization, and database design. Students work in teams to develop a variety of applications proposed by faculty and staff from the Digital Humanities Lab, the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, and the Computer Science department.
Prerequisite: CPSC 110, CPSC 112, equivalent programming experience, or permission of the instructor.
American Public Sculpture
WGSS 815 
Laura Wexler, DH Fellow Amanda Chemeche
Building on a new partnership between the Smithsonian Institution and Yale University, this course offers a broad-based and multidisciplinary exploration of public sculpture in the United States. Course work includes field trips and digital projects as well as readings in the scholarship of public memory, cultural heritage, conservation, and aesthetics.
Spatial Humanities and Social Justice
WGSS 717
Angel Nieves, DH Fellow Joseph Plaster
Spatial humanities relies upon geospatial technologies and methods to explore the relationship of space (physical, imagined, or otherwise) to human behavior. It bridges disciplines and may take into account African American studies, history, archaeology, literary studies, women’s studies, queer studies, ethnic studies, and cultural studies, to name but a few. This seminar introduces students to the theory and methods of the spatial humanities, while examining the tools, theories, and methodologies of social justice. Engaging with spatial theory and applying technical methodologies, students develop an understanding of the research questions and tools available in this new field of scholarly and applied inquiry while grappling with issues of social justice. Students engage throughout the term in project-based learning grounded in spatial, intersectional, and critical race theories. 
Performing American Literature
AMST 475 and 775 / ENGL 438 and 838
Wai Chee Dimock
A broad selection of short stories, poems, and novels, accompanied by class performances, culminating in a term project with a significant writing component. “Performance" includes a wide range of activities including: staging; making digital films and videos; building websites; game design; and creative use of social media. Readings include poetry by Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Claudia Rankine; fiction by Herman Melville, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Junot Diaz.
Runaways, Rebels, Wenches, Rogues
Joseph Yannielli
This seminar examines the history of fugitive slaves and other kinds of freedom-seeking migrants. It pays special attention to new digital tools and methodologies and their impact on the study of the past. Although focused on enslaved laborers in early America, students look at a broad range of runaways in comparative perspective. Readings are a mix of academic texts, original sources, and websites. The major goal of the course is to produce a public, digital database of runaway advertisements for use by students and researchers.
Digital Media in Performance
THST 376
Nathan Roberts
Practical and theoretical innovations in contemporary theater and performance brought about by new technologies and forms of information exchange in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Exploration of how the live body on stage is reconfigured and reimagined through technological intervention. Priority to majors in Theater Studies, in Art, and in Computing and the Arts. Students must preregister during the reading period of the preceding term.
Advanced Readings in Japanese Docs
HIST 881   
Daniel Botsman
The class provides students who already have some grounding in Japanese paleography and sōrō-bun texts from the Tokugawa period with the opportunity to further develop their reading skills using original materials from Yale collections. This term we focus primarily on the “Kyōto Komonjo” collection at the Beinecke Library, which contains documents pertaining to the urban history of Kyoto in the early nineteenth century. Students also develop a website to make this material accessible to students and scholars elsewhere and explore the uses of a variety of digital humanities tools for facilitating documentary research.
The Russian Short Story
LITR 312 / RUSS 391 
John MacKay
Examination of the hugely important, but often ignored short story form, primarily in Russia from the early nineteenth-century onward. Reading of important works by major artists of the short story like Karamzin, Turgenev, Pisemsky, Tolstoy, Leskov, Chekhov, Bunin, Zaitsev, Gorky, Babel, Zoshchenko, and Pilnyak, as well as lesser known work, using tools from the digital humanities. Knowledge of Russian useful but not required. 
Visual Kinship, Families, Photography
WGSS 746 abd 462 / ANST 729 and 484 / FILM 810 / HSAR 493
Laura Wexler
Exploration of the history and practice of family photography from an interdisciplinary perspective. Study of family photographs from the analog to the digital era, from snapshots to portraits, and from instrumental images to art exhibitions. Particular attention to the ways in which family photographs have helped establish gendered and racial hierarchies and examination of recent ways of reconceiving these images.
Introduction to Media
ENGL 196 / FILM 160
R. John Williams
Introduction to the long history of media as understood in classical and foundational (and even more recent experimental) theories. Topics involve the technologies of modernity, reproduction, and commodity, as well as questions regarding knowledge, representation, public spheres, and spectatorship. Special attention given to philosophies of language, visuality, and the environment, including how digital culture continues to shape these realms. 
American Architecture and Urbanism
AMST 197 / ARCH 280 / HSAR 219
Elihu Rubin, DH Fellow Nichole Nelson
Introduction to the study of buildings, architects, architectural styles, and urban landscapes, viewed in their economic, political, social, and cultural contexts, from precolonial times to the present. Topics include: public and private investment in the built environment; the history of housing in America; the organization of architectural practice; race, gender, ethnicity and the right to the city; the social and political nature of city building; and the transnational nature of American architecture.
Special Topics in Music, Multimedia Art, and Technology
MUSI 450
Konrad Kaczmarek
Live audio and video processing using the visual programming environment Max/MSP/Jitter. Topics include human computer interaction (HCI), instrument design, alternative controllers, data mapping, algorithmic composition, real-time digital signal processing, communication over the network, and programming for mobile devices.
Geographic Information Systems
F&ES 290 / EVST 290
Charles Tomlin
A practical introduction to the nature and use of geographic information systems (GIS) in environmental science and management. Applied techniques for the acquisition, creation, storage, management, visualization, animation, transformation, analysis, and synthesis of cartographic data in digital form.
See it, Change it, Make it
CPSC 078
Julie Dorsey
Hands-on introduction to the theory and practice of digital capture, modeling, and fabrication. Topics include digital representations of shape, 3D scanning, shape modeling and editing, and physical production, including 3D printing, milling, and laser cutting. Architectural forms at a variety of scales used as vehicles for exploration and experimentation.
There are no course prerequisites. Students are expected to be proficient in high school-level algebra, trigonometry, and geometry. No prior knowledge of architecture is expected. Enrollment limited to freshmen. Preregistration required; see under Freshman Seminar Program.
Intercultural Literary Hoaxes
AFAM 440 / FREN 421
Christopher Miller, DH Fellow Shanna-Dolores Jean-Baptiste
Study of literary works that test the bounds of propriety by borrowing or stealing an alien identity and passing the imposture off as authentic. Cases in Anglo-American and French-Francophone literature, ranging from the hilarious to the reprehensible. Attention to issues in the ethics of representation. Works include Diderot, Mérimée, George Eliot, pseudo-slave narratives, Camara Laye, Romain Gary, Forrest Carter, JT LeRoy, Paul Smaïl, Margaret B. Jones, Misha Defonseca. 

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December 15, 2017

Langston Hughes wishing Merry Christmas

What’s a poet with a large circle of friends, rich in words if limited in financial resources, to do when checking the names off his holiday list? For Langston Hughes, during the holiday season of 1950, the answer was to share some of his wit in homemade Christmas postcards.

In one, Hughes wrote:








To see more of Langston's wit visit this exhibition at the Beinecke website.

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December 15, 2017

The Art of Collaboration

An exhibition exploring the excitement and power of combining separate elements to make something new, beautiful, and lasting. Drawn from the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature, the James Weldon Johnson Memorial Collection of African American Literature, and the Yale Collection of American Literature, “+” considers exemplary works and the archival stories of their making to reveal the creative—and potentially destructive—tensions that are inevitable parts of artistic collaboration. Including plays, children’s books, novels, performance artworks, films, photographs, and more, the works on view demonstrate that collaboration itself is an art form. Writers and artists featured include Russell and Lillian Hoban, Richard Wright and Orson Welles, Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Bert Williams and George Walker, C. D. Wright and Deborah Luster, and many more.

 The exhibit will start Friday, January 19, 2018 and run through Sunday, April 15, 2018.

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December 11, 2017

Recharge During Reading Week events

YUL has a number of de-stress events happening over Reading Week, December 11 through December 15. Here is a list of everything the library is hosting around campus:

Monday, December 11th

Therapy Dog Agnes, Time 12 noon-1PM, Arts Library

Zumba 8PM-9PM, Sterling Memorial Library International Room

Tuesday, December 12th

Long Night Against Procrastination** (registration required), happening at:

7 PM – 10:30 PM @ CSSSI Seminar Room

7 PM – 10:30 PM @ Arts Library

7 PM – midnight @ Bass Library Room L01 and L06

7 PM – midnight @ Medical Library

7PM – midnight @ Vincent Library, St. Thomas More Center

Wednesday, December 13th

Therapy Dog, Agnes, 11 AM – noon @ CSSSI

Therapy Dog, Heather, 2 PM – 4 PM @ Bass Library

Pizza and Puzzles, 7 PM – until food runs out @ CSSSI

Donuts, 9PM – until food runs out @ Bass Library Circulation Desk

Thursday, December 14th

Mindfulness and Meditation, 4PM – 4:30 PM @ CSSSI Seminar Room

(Almost!) Midnight Breakfast, 11 PM – until food runs out @ Bass Library

Friday, December 15th

Mindfulness and Meditation, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM @ Haas Arts Library, Room 119


Arts Library: Puzzles, Coloring Books, Origami (all week)

Bass: Coffee and Tea after Bass Café closes (Monday – Thursday)

CSSSI: Puzzles, Coloring pages (all week)

**The Long Night Against Procrastination is a time when the library offers students a quiet, distraction-free study space for the night. We ask that they leave their phones at the door when they arrive, and then roughly every 1 ½ hours there is a 10-minute break with snacks and some (Library approved) YouTube videos. After that, students can refocus for another 1.5 hours until another break time with snacks, YouTube, etc. Registration is required, and the event will fill up!

To register for the Long Night Against Procrastination and to see a full list of events, go to:

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December 11, 2017

Try out the DHLab's new website

December 13, 17 Hillhouse Ave, LL07

The Digital Humanities Lab is looking for a few more users to participate in user testing for our new website that will launch in 2018. The redesigned site seeks to address the needs of Yale scholars who want to get started in DH, as well as researchers who already have projects underway.
Please consider participating in a one-on-one usability study this Wednesday at 17 Hillhouse Ave, LL07. The session should last 30-45 minutes. If you are able to participate, please contact Monica Ong Reed to schedule a time.

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