Assistant Professor Stephen Barnard (Sociology) will use this fellowship to develop his Spring 2015 capstone course "Technology and Society." He is particularly interested in working with his students on large-scale visualization and analysis of Twitter. In his application, he spoke of how "social data and/or network analysis may help student-researchers gain a more nuanced understanding of social capital in the digital age," while "participant-observations conducted as a part of digital ethnography" could help his students produce detailed descriptions of digital cultural practices.
Associate Professor Anne Csete (History) is working on map- and image-based digital components for her Early Asian Civilizations (History 105ASIA 125) course.
Assistant Professor Adam Harr (Anthropology) is planning a recurring course titled "Writing Culture," a senior seminar in qualitative methods for anthropology majors. "Ethnographic methods produce knowledge in a process that move back and froth between dialogue and revision," Harr aid in his application. Students in the class will "will engage in a collaborative research project—first conducting interviews individually, then sharing recordings of their interviews so they can collaborate in transcribing, coding, and analyzing them. He would like to explore using digital tools enhance these collaborative projects.
Assistant Professor Wes Kline (Art and Art History) is focusing on his special topics course, "Language To Fill A Screen: Technology, Text and Visual Art" (AAH 3001). Participants will use exploratory, technology-based interactive digital and video projects to investigate the idea of the artist as both an image and a text-maker. It is meant to serve as a platform for experimental practice for students from all disciplines and backgrounds.
Professor Joe Kling (Government) will use this occasion to build upon a course he has taught examining memoir, autobiography, and other forms of narrative, as means employed by survivors of human rights brutality to engage the past. This expansion will continue to make use of personal narrative, but will expand to include collective practices such as truth commissions, judicial prosecutions of perpetrators of atrocities, and the establishment of human rights memorials and museums, as ways to recall and deal with national episodes of past violence. For the fellowship, Kling will explore digital tools for a website exploring these practices of remembrance.
Assistant Professor Shelley McConnell (Government), through her participation in this program, is expanding the GIS component of her "Latin American Politics" (GOVT/CLAS 321) course. This revision will advance the degree to which learning the core concepts of GIS is integrated with the course content. McConnell also plans to link the course with Carol Cady’s advanced GIS course in order to have Cady's students help coach McConnell's.
Associate Professor Ronnie Olesker (Government) is working with two professors (one from Worcester College in Massachusetts and the other from Whitman College in Washington state) to develop a cross-institutional, interdisciplinary, course on the construction of identity, tentatively titled "The construction of Others: Rhetoric, politics and urban history of refugees in Jordan." The Digital Initiatives Faculty fellowship is an occasion for her to advance "shared classroom" modules for the Fall 2015 courses.
Assistant Professor Mindy Pitre (Anthropology) is adding digital approaches to her course, "Dealing with the Dead" (ANTH 242), which will be offered in Fall 2015. Students will work with Pitre to make progress on a digital project that catalogues information about cemeteries in the North Country, including map data and images of grave sites.