Graduate Student Brownbag Forum: “Alt-Ac, Digital Humanities, and the Academy: Things You Need to Know to Get a Job that You Won’t Learn in the Classroom”

Friday, February 27th, 12:00 p.m.

308 Library

Featured speaker:  Jennifer Guiliano, Assistant Professor of History, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Sponsored by the Scholarly Commons, University Library and the Graduate College

All graduate students are invited to join us at noon on February 27 for a stimulating brownbag discussion with Dr. Jennifer Guiliano on the broadening career paths for humanities PhDs today.

Dr. Guiliano will lead a discussion that draws upon her experiences as an “alt-ac” professional, digital humanist, and now a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of History at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She’ll be discussing the 10 things you need to know to get an Alt-Ac (or even a tenure-track job) that your department probably hasn’t taught you in the classroom. Light refreshments will be provided. All graduate students are welcome!




Friday, February 27th, 5:00–7:00 p.m.

291 and 289 Undergraduate Library

Hands on workshops with tools used in digital humanities research, teaching, and publishing will be held on Friday, February 27 in 308 and 314 Library. Please consult the complete schedule for more information. Registration is FREE and now open. You may register for up to two (2) workshops: one from Session I and one from Session II..

Register here:

SESSION I, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

James Whitacre, University Library
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 291 Undergraduate Library

Could a map enhance how you communicate your research to diverse audiences? Maps are becoming more accessible to the general public through the use of online mapping applications such as ArcGIS Online and Google Maps. This workshop will explore different examples of story maps and get you started creating your own.

Data mining with texts

Michael Black, I-CHASS
Time: 5:00–6:00 p.m.
Location: 289 Undergraduate  Library

The goal of this workshop will be to introduce participants to the basic steps and strategies used to perform computational analysis on texts in the humanities. Topics covered will include: preparing/cleaning documents, feature counting, n-grams/concordances, and topic modeling. A small sample corpus of public domain literary and historic texts will be provided, although participants are encouraged to bring their own documents in plain text format. A bundle of free and open source tools will also be provided. No programming experience is required, but participants should have the latest version of Java installed on their laptops.

SESSION II, 6:05 – 7:05 p.m.


Kevin Hamilton, IPRH and Department of Art and Design
Time: 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: 291 Undergraduate Library

This workshop will provide an overview of the platform Scalar, an award-winning scholarly authoring tool developed by a consortium of scholars, archives, and presses.

XML and Text Encoding

Harriett Green, University Library
Time: 6:00–7:00 p.m.
Location: 289 Undergraduate Library

This introductory workshop on text encoding in XML will teach you the structure and concepts of XML, and how to use Oxygen XML Editor to create encoded documents in XML. Participants will learn the principles of text encoding with the TEI Guidelines, and receive an introduction on how to start creating transcriptions for digital humanities projects focused on scholarly editions and textual analysis.