AADHum seeks to broaden the conversation among digital humanists and African Americanists to prepare the next generation of scholars with new methods, archives and tools that extend the digital humanities into disciplines related to African American history, literature and visual culture. Participants will engage in a series of dialogues on digital mapping to learn how the digital humanities shed light on pervasive facets of systemic inequality in America. These events will introduce participants to the varied resources at UMD, including the upcoming AADHum’s Spring Digital Humanities Incubator to reveal new possibilities for developing research.
Free and open to the public. Click the banner images below for PDF's of events.
For more information, visit www.aadhum.umd.edu.
An act of Congress on March 3, 1865 created the Bureau of Refugees, Freedom and Abandoned Lands (the Freedman's Bureau). The records produced by the bureau are the richest source of information on the African American experience post-Civil War and Reconstruction eras. Most documents have been digitized, yet few have been transcribed. Help Contribute to our nation's understanding of this critical period by participating in these events.
Michelle Smith Collaboratory for Visual Culture, Parren J. Mitchell Art-Sociology, Room 4213
MONDAY, NOV. 14, 2016 | 4 - 5:30 p.m. Documenting the Road from Slavery to Freedom:
The Freedmen’s Bureau Records
Laura Coyle, Head of Cataloguing and Digitization at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) and Leslie S. Rowland, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Freedmen and Southern Society Project at the University of Maryland will discuss the importance of the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. Participants will also learn about the ongoing project to transcribe the bureau’s papers from Meghan Ferriter, Project Coordinator at the Smithsonian Institution Transcription Center.
Join us online or in-person as we work to transcribe documents from the Freedmen’s Bureau Records. First we’ll learn about transcription conventions, and then we’ll start transcribing. In-person participants should bring a laptop.
TUESDAY, NOV. 15, 2016 | 12:30 p.m. "'Looking for the Perfect Beat:' African American Literary History--Technology and Texture"
MITH CONFERENCE ROOM HORNBAKE LIBRARY
African American cultural & literary studies scholars Dana Williams & Kenton Rambsy of Howard University will present a talk on how data management (technology) can be an essential tool for constructing a substantive literary history with a texture reflective of the period's ripe content and contexts.