DH Symposium 2012

DH Symposium 2012 Speakers

Sarah Christensen

Sarah is the Visual Resources Curator for the College of Fine and Applied Arts, where she works with the students, faculty, and staff to develop a digital collection of visual materials for instruction and research purposes. In addition, she regularly teaches Savvy Researcher workshops at the library on topics such as ARTstor and finding images. The Visual Resources Center is a partner with the University Library for ExploreCU, a mobile app and website that will explore new ways to make collections accessible to the community.

Donna Cox

Dr. Donna J. Cox, MFA, is the first Michael Aiken Chair, Director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), Director of Illinois eDream Institute (Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media), and Professor in the School of Art and Design, University of Illinois.  She is a recognized pioneer in computational visualization resulting in novel presentations of scientific data.  She organized the first “Renaissance Teams” as an interdisciplinary methodology to address visualization challenges. Chicago Museum of Science and Industry selected her as one of 40 modern Leonardo DaVinci’s.  She and her collaborators have thrilled millions of people with scientific visualizations for IMAX movies, feature films, PBS HD television, and large-screen digital museum shows around the world.  AVL creates novel technologies in collaboration with scientists and works closely with the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and eDream to support art/technology performances. In collaboration with University of Illinois leadership, the eDream Institute synergizes across the arts, humanities and sciences, supporting faculty and students in creative projects.

Harriett Green

Harriett Green is the English and Digital Humanities Librarian and assistant professor of library administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include the usability of digital humanities tools and digital collections, research methods of humanities scholars, and humanities data curation.

Her publications include articles in College & Research Libraries (forthcoming November 2012), and the Journal of the Chicago Colloquium for Digital Humanities and Computer Science, as well as a contribution to Web Analytics Strategies for Libraries: A LITA Guide (forthcoming winter 2013). Her current research projects include being Principal Investigator on an XSEDE Allocation grant, and serving on the research teams for the Hathi Trust Research Center and Bamboo Technology Project.She is also a reviewer for CHOICE, and has presented at ALA Annual meetings, ACRL 2011, DLF Forum, and MLA 2012. She is professionally active in the Association for College and Research Libraries, the Association for Computing in the Humanities (ACH), Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC), and the Modern Language Association (MLA). She earned her MSLIS from the University of Illinois, and also holds a MA in Humanities/Creative Writing from the University of Chicago and a BA in History and Literature from Harvard University.

Dianne Harris

Dianne Harris is Director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and Professor of Landscape Architecture,  Architecture, Art History, and History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign  where she teaches courses in landscape history, urban/suburban history, and in architectural history. She holds a BA in Landscape Architecture, a Master’s in Architecture, and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California, Berkeley.  In addition to her numerous scholarly articles, her publications include the co-edited volumes Villas and Gardens in Early Modern Italy and France (Cambridge University Press, 2001), and Sites Unseen:  Landscape and Vision (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007). She is editor of a multidisciplinary volume on the Pennsylvania Levittown titled Second Suburb: Levittown, Pennsylvania that was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press in 2010 and won the Allen Noble book award from the Pioneer America Society.  She is the author of The Nature of Authority: Villa Culture, Landscape, and Representation in Eighteenth-Century Lombardy (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003) which won the Elisabeth Blair MacDougall Award from the Society of Architectural Historians  in 2006, and of Maybeck’s Landscapes: Drawing in Nature (William Stout Publisher, 2005). Her forthcoming book Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America will be published by the University of Minnesota Press in January, 2013.

Professor Harris is a past-president for the Society of Architectural Historians, for whom she also served as Editor-In-Chief for a major, Mellon Foundation-funded digital humanities initiative called SAHARA. She is a series editor for the University of Pittsburgh Press. Her book series focuses on culture, politics, and the built environment. She has served on review panels for the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Getty Research Institute, and the American Council of Learned Societies, among others. Harris currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for American Architecture at Columbia University and for the International Built Works Registry, a project co-developed by Columbia University’s Avery Library and the ARTstor Digital Library.  She is also the recipient of a 2006 Iris Foundation Award from the Bard Graduate Center, New York, for outstanding scholarly contributions in the history of art, decorative arts, and cultural history. For the Spring semester, 2012, Professor Harris served as the Frederick Linley Morgan Visiting Endowed Chair of Art History at the University of Louisville.

In her capacity as Director of the IPRH, Professor Harris is the Principal Investigator for two grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The first supports Post-Doctoral Fellowships in the humanities at UIUC. The second funds the planning for a consortium of humanities centers that includes fifteen universities in the Midwest and beyond. Among her initiatives at the IPRH are the implementation of an Event Grants program, the IPRH Humanities Research Awards, an annual IPRH Distinguished Lecturer, an IPRH Blog that runs throughout the year and attracts thousands of views annually, and numerous initiatives in the digital humanities.

Merinda Hensley

Merinda is the Instructional Services Librarian and Co-coordinator of the Scholarly Commons at the University of Illinois Library. She also coordinates the Savvy Researcher workshop series.

Jamie Nelson

Jamie is an eLearning Professional with CITES Academic Technology Services. He serves as a resource for faculty and staff who are looking to incorporate academic technologies into their current curriculum.

He has several years of experience collaborating with faculty and researchers in the use of technology in the classroom. He is a regular presenter at the Center for Teaching Excellence’s Graduate Academy Program and acts as a resource for the campus providing consultation/classes on i>clicker use and a myriad of other classroom tools.

His diverse portfolio also includes administration of information management systems, creating and maintaining websites, writing instructional materials, recording/streaming/editing audio/video productions, testing web tools to meet instructional needs, acting as a partner in peer-coaching ventures, and human resource management.

Sarah Shreeves

Sarah is currently the Coordinator for the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), a set of services and collections supporting scholarly communication (including the institutional repository) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also the co-Coordinator for the Scholarly Commons, a space for expert, interdisciplinary research support services and open workshops for faculty and graduate students to develop skills in areas such as digital content creation, management of research data, understanding copyright issues and author rights, and working with geospatial and numeric data.

In her position(s), she ia responsible for working with faculty, students, and researchers on a range of scholarly communication issues including author rights, open access, theses and dissertations, data management, and data curation.

Sarah is currently active in the ACRL Scholarly Communications 101 Road Show series as a presenter. She is an active member and promoter of BibApp, a campus research gateway and expert finder. You can see the Illinois instance of BibApp at http://connections.ideals.illinois.edu/. Sarah is a member of the Open Repositories Steering Committee, the DSpace Community Advisory Team, and am currently a member of the steering committee for the DMP Tool.

Michael Simeone

Michael Simeone is the Associate Director for Research and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science (I-CHASS) housed at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.  He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Advanced Research and Technology Collaboratory for the Americas (ARTCA). His research includes cultural studies of science and technology, the use of computer vision in the digital humanities, and the intersection of humanities research procedures with those of data science and high-performance computing.  He received his PhD in English from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Caroline Szylowicz

Caroline is currently the Kolb-Proust Librarian at The Kolb-Proust Archive for Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ted Underwood

Ted Underwood is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of two books on nineteenth-century literature, The Work of the Sun: Science, Literature and Political Economy 1760-1860 (Palgrave, 2005) and Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Literature (finished, under review at Stanford). His articles on nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature have appeared in PMLA, Representations, MLQ, Studies in Romanticism, and The Journal of Digital Humanities.

Underwood’s interest in informatics dates back to the 1980s, when he worked as a software developer for Artificial Intelligence Atlanta, producing a prototype of an information retrieval expert system in Prolog. More recently, he has collaborated with the Illinois Informatics Institute to correct optical transcription errors in the Google ngrams database so that it can be used to study the eighteenth century. He stays current in the fields of machine learning and knowledge discovery, and has written software to do Bayesian OCR correction, clustering, topic modeling, corpus comparison, and genre classification in Java, Python, and R. He currently holds a fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies, and serves as Associate Director of NINES.

Mara Wade

Together with Dr. Thomas Stäcker, Deputy Director of the Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB), Wolfenbüttel, Mara R. Wade is the PI for the bilateral digital humanities project, “Emblematica On-line,” that is jointly funded by the NEH and DFG. This project has digitized 723 Renaissance emblem books from the collections of the HAB and the University of Illinois Library, creating a database for all German emblems, and establishing a portal for emblem studies. Early work on this project was funded by a TransCoop grant from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the University of Illinois Research Board. The project has also received consistent support from the Herzog August Bibliothek and the University Library. Co-PIs are Timothy W. Cole and Myung-Ja Han, University Library.

Professor Wade’s research investigates the interstices between literature and the other arts, and she has published extensively on literature and music, theater, and the visual arts. All of her research reflects her strong orientation to gender studies. She held a named professorship at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien in Hannover, Germany, where she held the Maria Göppert Mayer Prize for women’s and gender studies (2006). The HMTM is ranked the top Musikhochschule in Germany. She has also served as a visiting professor at the University of Göttingen (1998) and has taught consortium seminars at the Newberry Library, Chicago. She was the co-director with Professor Wolfgang Behringer, Universität Saarbrücken, of the Wolfenbüttel Summer Course, “Communication and the Culture of the Body in early modern Europe,” in August 2011.

Her teaching ranges from early modern German literature and Jewish Studies to cinema and gender studies. She is strongly committed to study abroad and the teaching of German. To these ends she regularly works with international organizations and institutions as well as the Austria Illinois Exchange Program to promote academic exchange. She currently serves on board of the DAAD Alumni Association.

Professor Wade has served the discipline in a number of capacities, including leadership roles in the Modern Language Association, Society for German Renaissance and Baroque Literature, and the Renaissance Society of America. She is currently Chair of the International Society for Emblem Studies. She is on the editorial boards for the journals Renaissance Quarterly, Emblematica, and Renæssance Forum, and for the monograph series Spektrum of the German Studies Association.