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Environmental Humanities Working Group2012<p>Why do we have environmental problems? What shapes our ideas about nature, and about the human place in the natural world? The Environmental Humanities Working Group is bringing together the insights of history, literature, journalism, philosophy, aesthetics, and other disciplines to analyze and understand the environmental predicaments of the 21st century. Although we look to the sciences and the social sciences for their own expertise, we take for granted that neither are sufficient to understand the complex ways people relate to the non-human world.</p><p><strong>The Environmental Humanities Working Group</strong> has three principal missions.<br></p><ol><li>We have <a href="" target="_blank">designed a new minor</a> to help students use the tools of the humanities to think more rigorously and imaginatively about environmental issues. Information on the humanities minor can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">English Department website</a>.<br></li><li>We are creating opportunities for scholars in different fields to collaborate on environmental research.<br></li><li>And we are planning public programs about environmental questions, including community readings and discussions of important books and ideas.<br></li></ol>mckay isnt victorp
Renewing the Museums Working Group2013<p>In January 2013, the exhibition of the University of Delaware art collection in the Old College Gallery will be de-installed, to make room for two large temporary exhibitions: <em>Gertrude Käsebier: The Complexity of Light and Shade</em> (spring, 2013) and <em>Goya's War: Los Desastres de la Guerra</em>(fall, 2013). Selections from the UD collection will be reinstalled in January 2014.</p><p>The goal of the Renewing the Museums Working Group is to design a new installation of the collection in Old College Gallery that best serves the interests of students, faculty and the curriculum. The installation will draw from the UD Art Collections, which encompass art that came to the University Museums through the Old College Gallery (formerly, the University Gallery), the gift of Paul R. Jones, and the President's Office (transferred from Archives in 2007) and through gifts from individual donors. Particular strengths are in American and African American 20th century art, but the collection also encompasses Russian icons, Greek and Roman antiquities, Pre-Columbian artifacts, African Art, southwest pottery and a significant photographic collection, as well as prints and drawings.<br></p>jat
Into the Archives<p>​“Into the Archives” is a pair of courses that introduce students to archival practice and theorythrough immersion in African American collections at the University of Delaware and beyond.The undergraduate course, “Into the Archives: The Ephemeral Langston Hughes” beginswith one literary figure—the poet, playwright, and activist Langston Hughes—to ask studentswhat it means not only to archive, but also to think, write, and act archivally.  The companion graduate seminar in theory and methods, “Archives Theory,” will take up a related set of questions about the construction of the archive, giving students a toolkit of theory,keywords, and practices to support their independent work in the field of public humanities.</p>lehelton
Creative Vision Factory<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This project is designed to promote experiential learning and community engagement through an ongoing collaboration between an advanced undergraduate seminar in the sociology of art, the Wilmington Archive Project (WAP), and Creative Vision Factory (CVF), a community arts organization located in Wilmington, Delaware. Students contribute to the living history of a community arts organization through research projects that center on cataloguing works and writing artist biographical profiles for the CVF digital archive, founded in the fall of 2018. With additional support from the Division for Professional and Continuing Studies, artists from CVF participate in the course as registered students.  </p>abowler djkim
The Art of Liberation2011<p>The Departments of Art and Black American Studies offered a Spring 2011 cross-listed course called "The Art of Liberation," which included mostly art students and a diverse group of students from departments throughout the university. The guests engaged students in dialogue about how arts and humanities practitioners can mobilize communities and effect positive change. From a humanities point of view, the guests addressed the social conditions surrounding their work and put it in historical context compared to other kinds of liberation activities. The visiting artists were Emory Douglas, Artist and former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party and Favianna Rodriguez, both Bay Area activist artists. The Paul R. Jones lecture, by sculptor Melvin Edwards and his wife, performance artist and poet Jayne Cortez, became part of the Art of Liberation lecture series at the suggestion of Julie McGee, Curator of African American Art for University Museums. An exhibition celebrating the 10-year announcement of the Paul R. Jones gift of African American art to UD included works that speak directly to the "Art of Liberation" theme, addressing the interrelationship of visual arts and personal, political and social advocacy. Students from Christiana High School and Latin American Studies at UD attended a class session with Favianna Rodriguez. Emory Douglas lectured in a BAMS class. The visiting artists interacted with students in more informal situations—Favianna Rodriguez did a print demonstration and Emory Douglas attended a gallery opening for the "Art of Liberation" exhibition in Recitation Hall, which featured his recent posters.</p>cgaiter
The Art and Literature of the American Revolution in Global Contexts2010<p>Our IHRC project took the form of a fall 2010 Integrated Semester composed of two graduate seminars in Art History and English. Thirteen students from English, Art History, and the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture met twice weekly for an interdisciplinary study of the ways in which art and literature shaped political thought and action in the Atlantic world during the American Revolutionary period, from the taxation crises of the 1760s and 1770s through war with Great Britain and the French and Haitian Revolutions. The American Revolution challenged British North Americans to reassess many of their fundamental assumptions about their world, including the viability of their political institutions, the nature of social relations, and their cultural and aesthetic values. Students investigated such issues by focusing on the intersections of literature, the arts, and political culture. A major component of the Integrated Semester was the study of original texts and works of art at institutions rich in the material culture of the American Revolution. Students undertook field trips to the Library Company of Philadelphia, the University of Delaware's University Museums, and Winterthur Museum. Public talks also formed an important part of the course. Three esteemed scholars visited campus for public lectures and classroom workshops with students. The students also presented short public talks based upon their original research at an in-house symposium, "New Directions in Cultural Studies of the American Revolutionary Era."</p>wbellion elarkin
Arts and Science: Connections and Intersections2015<p>“Art & Science: Connections and Intersections” is a series of symposia and curricular events dedicated to research that cuts across academic boundaries and has broad social implications. Following an initial symposium on the interpretation of images in the arts and sciences, the 2015 symposium focuses on lighting design and technology.<br></p>isnt
Political Communication and Engagement in the 21st Century2009<p>​Since the infancy of the Internet, scholars in Communication and Political Science have posited that the medium could mobilize and engage citizens. This project was driven by questions about how exactly new media technology affect individual attitudes toward politics as well as political behavior. We conducted a national online survey to answer two major research questions: To what extent do online emotional appeals by candidates lead people to engage with politics? And are citizens' motivations to engage in politics online driven by a desire to influence government (i.e., participate) as well as to communicate political ideas to others (i.e., communicate)? To answer the first question, we showed respondents screenshots from a fictional candidate's website where the candidate expressed either "angry", "hopeful", "anxious" or no emotions about the economy. Respondents then indicated how likely they were to participate on his behalf. We found that, contrary to concerns that using emotions in politics will agitate the least knowledgeable or engaged citizens and distort the democratic process, it is the most engaged and politically sophisticated voters whose decisions are swayed by these appeals. For the second question, we explored the ways in which these two behaviors—which we delineate as participation and discussion—are perceived by citizens in online versus offline contexts. We also examine how such perceptions can predict certain behaviors, such as "friending" a candidate on a social networking site and messaging with friends online about politics. It turns out that these behaviors are indeed perceived differently among American citizens, and that these perceptions can predict the likelihood of participating in online political forums.</p>lindsayh pejones dgyoung dcwilson jcarrion
Electroacoustic Collaborations2009<p><strong>PG2 – Soundart Duo</strong><br></p><p>Coming together in the spirit of experimentation and cross-fertilization of art-forms, PG2 cultivates a new era of hybrid and mixed media interaction. The Duo includes hybrid/mixed-media visual artist and electric guitarist, Ashley Pigford, and clarinetist and electroacoustic performer, Marianne Gythfeldt.</p><p>They improvise using “found” objects as the primary inspiration for live performances. Their creations use unusual sound-sources such as the mechanical clicks and spasms of an old record-player or printer to build shows of original audiovisual pieces. The funding from the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center produced the following works:</p><p><strong>Escher Geometrics – Pigford-Gythfeldt , PG2</strong></p><p>Escher Geometrics is an interactive audiovisual piece using Max/msp. Sound and image are synchronized in an hypnotic slow-moving pace, that creates the illusion of cohesion. However, while the sound ebbs and flows in ascending and descending patterns, the images unfold in a linear fashion, while tracking the depth of sound of the clarinet pitch.</p><p><strong>Six Point Three – Pigford-Gythfeldt , PG2</strong></p><p>A computer-controlled electric typewriter creates the rhythmic foundation for an original musical composition involving bass guitar, MIDI wind machine and acoustic clarinets. The text used is an excerpt from Milton Babbitt’s book, Words about Music, and clarinet excerpts from Milton Babbitt’s epic clarinet solo My Ends are My Beginnings.</p>mgythfeldt design
DigiPed Lab Delaware 20162016<p>​May 6 & 7, 2016.  <strong>Digital Pedagogy Lab Delaware</strong> is a practical professional development opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral teaching fellows and early career humanities faculty to teach and work with digital technology. Participants will practice hands on solutions for the common challenges teachers and learners face when working digitally. However, this will not be simply a two-day tutorial. Instead, Digital Pedagogy Lab Delaware will ground itself in philosophical and theoretical discussions of digital technology, identity, and pedagogy while also offering University of Delaware participants opportunities to engage with Hybrid Pedagogy's learning community through pre and post institute activities related to course design projects.<br></p>
Transnational Encounters: World-Renowned Authors at the University of Delaware2011<p>We are inviting six internationally known authors over a four-semester period beginning in the fall 2011 semester. Each author will spend two days on campus. During this period she/he will present a public lecture, a reading, and interact with students, faculty, and others. The thematic and conceptual focus of the series is on transnationalism and diversity, and the authors will be selected on the basis of their contributions to this topic.</p><p>One hallmark of an intellectually vibrant campus is the opportunity to hear and engage with leading scholars and artists of diverse national and international communities. Our high-profile authors series seeks to create a forum for such an engagement at UD, using the medium of world literature in order to discuss and reflect upon such issues as new forms of migration, the role of the nation state, identity politics, or gender and family structures. The series will bring significant attention to UD and highlight its commitment to all aspects of diversity. It will also engage large segments of the campus and broader community with current core intellectual issues related to transnationalism and diversity.</p><p>There will be six events: One is scheduled for fall 2011 and one for spring 2012; two writers will be invited for fall 2012 and two for spring 2013. Information about the first event in the series, a talk by Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"><strong>the Common Reader web site</strong></a>.</p>icrawf mshafi zipser
Watersheds and Foodsheds: An Interdisciplinary, Experiential, and Community-Based Environmental Humanities Project2015<p>​In collaboration with Nancy Bentley, who runs the nearby Fair Weather Farm, environmental humanities students will study the way Americans have come to grow, distribute and eat both industrial and local, organic food. This project will allow students to build, tend, and harvest their own organic garden plot at Fair Weather Farm – and, in the process, see for themselves (with their eyes and their hands) how local, organic food production works.<br></p><p>You can follow our project on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.<br></p>mckay
Teaching African American Material Culture with Digital Humanities2018<p>The Teaching African American Material Culture with Digital Humanities project is a two-course series taught through a partnership with the English Department and the Special Collections and Museums. The project is designed to promote engagement with primary source research and the use of digital methods and technologies in the classroom. The project’s course offerings include a fall 2017 semester undergraduate course and a spring 2018 semester graduate-level seminar. Both courses center on the handling, description, and analysis of ephemera as texts, and each combines on-site collection research opportunities with skill development in digital scholarship.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Digital Archive Production, an undergraduate research and writing course, is the first course in this series. Using contemporary database design methods and object-based learning as the pedagogical foundation for instruction, students were paired in groups and tasked with processing various pieces of ephemera from the Gregory C. Wilson Collection of African American Trade Cards and Postcards. This collection consists of racist ephemera from the Jim Crow Era contrasted by a smaller assemblage of cards that celebrate African American cultural heritage. During the course of the semester, students were acquainted with concepts of race and racial theories alongside their work in ephemera studies. Through readings, lectures, and research, they cultivated a comprehensive understanding of the history of racial stereotypes as exhibited in the performative tradition of American blackface minstrelsy and its offshoots. The students were then encouraged to connect this new understanding of racial caricature to larger trends in American literature, theatrical performance, and film. Furthermore, they were required to apply critical thinking skills to their analyses of the different ways in which racial caricature survives in new media and social media. In learning about material culture, students had the opportunity to acquire analytical tools for interpreting graphic design trends in accordance with theories of structural and post-structural semiotics. The course had an emphasis on connecting knowledge of print and graphic design history to theories on race and race relations. Specialized tours and course activities included a screening of various relevant early-to-mid-twentieth century film and television series, a street and business signage tour of Newark’s Main St., and a printing workshop at Lead Graffiti Letterpress Studio lead by Ray Nichols and Jill Cypher. For their final projects, each of the student groups provided material metadata and contextual essays for at least three cards in the collection. This content was ultimately added to a collaborative course database that was produced with Google Sites.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The second course in this project, Scrapbooks as Literary Documents, is taking a critical look at the scrapbooks of poet, teacher, and activist, Alice Dunbar-Nelson (1875-1935). The focus of this seminar involves the reassessment of the value of the scrapbooking tradition, particularly with respect to its history in the African American community. Here we explore the multifaceted nature of Dunbar-Nelson’s identity through the multimodalities of the scrapbook format. Students are pulling from their close readings of Dunbar-Nelson’s fiction and journalism, as they combine archival research and documentary materials from our course activities to achieve the specific course outcomes. Activities developed in coordination with the Winterthur Library and the Delaware Historical Society have allowed students to work directly with a wide array of nineteenth and twentieth century scrapbooks during scheduled site visits and tours. Our work with this format, however, does not stop at the level of investigation. In an attempt to think past conventional models for literary research, this course integrates scrapbooking practice in its writing assignments.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In keeping with established methods in compositional development, the students in this course are responsible for producing an academic book review, a descriptive essay on a scrapbook of their choice, and a framework essay that advances scholarship on the life and works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson as an important historical figure. Yet the distinguishing factor here is that the students are producing Adobe Spark-based digital scrapbooks for their final projects. Each of the digital scrapbooks will tell a visually oriented account of the individual arguments first put forward in the framework essays. The materials produced and acquired for these digitally meditated scrapbook pages are embedded with additional layers of digital content. Using augmented reality technology (AR), then, we will reformat all of this content in printed AR clippings that we will use in paper-based scrapbook pages. Later, we will compile these individual scrapbook pages in a collaborative course scrapbook that will be exhibited in the University of Delaware Library at the end of the semester. Guest lecturers, facilitators, and reviewers, including librarians, historians, and scrapbook theorists and specialists, are participating in the course by supporting both the supplementary activities and the final projects.</p>jericksn
Broadening UD's Disabilities Studies Minor: Building Sustainable and Cross-College Engagement2015<p>DIST is the largest minor at UD. This project will expand the minor's current focus to include courses on humanistic disability studies and to build connections with faculty across campus. Two leading disability studies scholars will visit campus in Fall 2015 to consult and deliver public lectures.</p><p> </p><p>The image above shows a close up of part of a colorful quilt, dominated by a red hand shape stitched onto colorful background fabric using light purple/blue thread. The same thread was also used to stitch the words "nothing about us without us" onto the palm of the hand.  Image credit: Amy Selders.</p>kersch eisenman
Graphic Medicine2020<p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We are developing a series of Workshops in Graphic Medicine for students, faculty, and healthcare professionals.  These Workshops provide the opportunity to engage with this exciting approach to exploring perspectives and giving voice to health-related experiences and challenging topics in healthcare. </p>bmichal virdij iansampson
Digital Pedagogy Lab 20182018<p>​February 16 & 17, 2018.  <strong>Digital Pedagogy Lab Delaware</strong> is a practical professional development opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral teaching fellows and early career faculty to teach and work with digital technology. Participants will practice hands on solutions for the common challenges teachers and learners face when working digitally. However, this will not be simply a 2 day tutorial. Instead, Digital Pedagogy Lab Delaware will ground itself in philosophical and theoretical discussions of digital technology, identity, and pedagogy while also offering University of Delaware participants opportunities to engage with Hybrid Pedagogy’s learning community through pre and post institute activities related to course design projects.</p>jstommel
Serious Games2010<p>Video games and computer-generated animation are growing fields with tremendous potential for artists, designers, and computer scientists. The development of new media blurs the traditional boundaries between artist and scientist. To use software like Pixar's Renderman requires both programming skills and artistic skills to bring characters to life. The goal of this Integrated Semester project was to have 20-30 Computer Science majors and 10-20 Art majors co-enroll in two courses, CISC275 Software Engineering I, and ART 467, Senior Studio Design, and work together to design animated short videos about issues of sustainability in simulated environments with constrained resources. Funding from the grant brought four speakers from the serious game industry to campus: Susan Seggerman, co-founder and president of Games for Change, a non-profit organization focused on the use of video games for social change and a blogger for the Huffington Post; Natalie Jeremijenko, an artist and engineer whose work has been exhibited at museums and galleries such as the MASSMoCA, the Whitney, and the Cooper-Hewitt; Brian Winn, Co-Director of the Games for Entertainment and Learning (GEL) Lab at Michigan State University; and Len Annetta, Associate Professor of Science Education at North Carolina State University. Ten students in the course also had an opportunity to attend the Games 4 Change Festival in New York City with the faculty coordinators of this project.</p>tharvey troyrichards
Shanghai Sonatas2020<p>In the late 1930s, over 23,000 German and Austrian Jews fled from the Nazi regime to the only city in the world that didn’t require a visa — Shanghai, China. Among these largely middle and upper-class refugees were about 450 professional musicians, who utilized their art to give voice to the fears, anxieties, struggles and hopes borne of their experience as guests in a completely foreign culture.</p><p>Nearly eighty years later, the world-renowned musician and UD Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music, Xiang Gao, is creating with his team of world-class artists <em>The Shanghai Sonatas, </em>a new musical based on the memoirs of the Jewish refugees who lived through this unique historical reality.</p>xiangg pollyz
Textiles in a Global World: An Interdisciplinary Conversation2010<p>​Few forms of human behavior are more pervasive than the production and use of textiles. They help navigate the course of empires, organize the work of men and women, inspire the world of fashion and design, shape social performances and spiritual rituals, encourage investments in science and technology, determine farm strategies, and knit together the politics of sweatshops and sustainability. Textiles are hidden in plain sight because they are so common. This symposium on October 1, 2010 considered the role that textiles have played in human culture, with an emphasis on the themes of art, history, science and sustainability. The goal was to foster interdisciplinary conversations and identify the ways in which people and their things intertwine, often with unintended consequences.<br></p>rjg kcobb
Things in Common: Fostering Material Culture Pedagogies2009<p>This project aims to develop and make widely available innovative strategies for interpreting and learning about material culture, with the goal of enhancing the visibility of our interdisciplinary material culture programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels and fostering interdisciplinary thinking and curriculum innovation.  We will host a national meeting of the Consortium for American Material Culture as well as a series of related activities on and off the UD campus, and develop a proposal for an NEH summer institute for K12 educators.</p>jyates winn mohun dandrews
Healing our Forests, Healing Ourselves2020<p>This collaborative project between students in Environmental Humanities and Urban Forestry will train STEM and Humanities students in a variety of courses, including Introduction to Environmental Literature (ENG230); Environmental Journalism (ENGL409); and Urban Forestry (PLSC 367), to become fully-engaged, cross-disciplinary Watershed Citizens, especially through encounters with environmental and indigenous literature; the field exploration of local watersheds; the cataloguing of native and invasive plants in the forests of White Clay Creek State Park; and forest restoration work through the removal of invasive plants and the planting of native trees in our local forests and communities. Attendant to all of these projects will be the joint, interdisciplinary composition of narrative and digital documentary projects to disseminate urgent ecological information to the university community and the general public.</p><p> </p>mckay ttram
Developing Research and Research-based Teaching through Collaboration with the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals2014<p>​Building around the 2014 annual meeting of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, this project focuses upon enhancing disciplinary and interdisciplinary work by UD graduate students. It makes use of print and other materials in the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection and at the Delaware Art Museum to promote scholarship and research-focused undergraduate teaching in the area of the Victorian press.</p>icrawf mfrederick stetzm
Wilmington Archives Project2017<p>​Building on the series of digital scholarship workshops and initiatives sponsored by the IHRC and the Library in the past few years, this pilot explores the city of Wilmington as the theme that brings together various interests in digital pedagogy in the effort to study the multiple dimensions of urban space. This pilot broadly defines digital pedagogy as the assemblage of various emerging modes of storytelling for teaching and sharing. Designed for both novices and the experts in digital tools and platforms, this pilot explores the collaborative potential of digital pedagogy in order to develop publicly accessible projects created by the students and faculty in partnership with community-based organizations.</p>djkim abowler mckay mkalmbach victorp mwinslow

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