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Join us in welcoming our first cohort of Social Media Corps scholars! The SMC is a program designed to introduce scholars to using social media in support of arts and humanities scholarship.

Alexis Briggs | NC State University // Gabrielle Christopher | University of Maryland // Angelina Coronado | CUNY City College // Richard Daily | Penn State University // Marisol Fila | University of Michigan // Victoria Francois | The Pennsylvania State University // Sean Cameron Golden | University of Minnesota—Twin Cities // Breanna Moore | University of Pennsylvania // Kila Moore | Tulane University // Alanna Prince | Northeastern University

We were very moved by the high level of interest in this program, and look forward to finding ways to include even more applicants in the future— Thank you to everyone who applied.
Just this past February, AADHum presented our second Scholars Symposium for the 2020 cohort.  Black as X: Platforming Experimental Scholarship II featured AADHum  scholars Brienne Adams (UMD), Dr. La Marr Bruce (UMD), and Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins).

In grouped conversations that included graduate students and advanced scholars, each  participant shared their thoughts on Black study and the futures of DH, on their work as fellows at AADHum, and on the matter of how institutions can better support digital inquiry at every scholarly rank.

Learn more about each AADHum Scholar's work, watch recordings, and more as we continue to update our Black as X site over the next few weeks!

In the coming months, we're excited to amplify digital projects from the larger #BlackDH world! For now check out the Enslaved dot org  project, which offers an expansive look at both at large datasets about enslaved persons in the Americas, and also connects that data to other kinds of narrative resources. 

Also check out some excellent AADHum bites from the past month or so: AADHum assistant director Dr. Aleia Brown received the 2021 C.L.R. James Research Fellowship award from AAIHS; our CLIR postdoctoral fellow Dr. Francena Turner's research was profiled in this excellent twitter thread by @blkgirloncampus; and graduate fellow Andrew W. Smith moved from being a Snap AR fellow to an Official Lens Creator at Snapchat!
We recently came across this Tik Tok video, shared by Sam Sanders on Twitter. It's by user @emmanuelreddish, and it is a recording of him recasting TLC's "No Scrubs" as read by Dr. Maya Angelou. We experience it as a moment of virtuoso virtuality— of remix, sampling, and the sheer playfulness of Black expressive cultures. Which is to say that sometimes the internet really comes through on a Sunday afternoon! 🤸🏾‍♀️ 
Friday, April 2nd ⇢ Two digital poetry events with Lillian-Yvonne Bertram
⚡️Register for one or both ⇢ ⚡️

11:30 am
As a #BlackDH practitioner, Lillian-Yvonne Bertram has expanded the boundaries of electronic literature, Black digital humanities, and poetic tradition. In this session, participants will learn about Bertram's work as a poet and as a programmer, and can also learn how to start playing on their own! This is a hands-on or hands-off workshop. AADHum team members will support participants, and no experience is necessary.

1:00 pm
In part two of our day, Dr. Bertram will offer a selection of poetry readings. We will then host a conversation between Bertram and Dr. Marisa Parham, director of AADHum. They will be discussing their experiences as creative computing practitioners, with an eye to how such work fits into larger stories about Black creativity and digital humanities.

Dr. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, where they teach in and direct the UMass Boston MFA in Creative Writing Program. They also direct the Chautauqua Institution Writers’ Festival. You can peruse or purchase Dr. Bertram's work on her website.

They are the author of the poetry collections Travesty Generator (Noemi Press, 2019), winner of the 2018 Noemi Press Poetry Prize and finalist for the National Poetry Series. Travesty Generator received the 2020 Poetry Society of America Anna Rabinowitz Prize for interdisciplinary and venturesome work. They are also the author of Personal Science (Tupelo Press, 2017); a slice from the cake made of air (Red Hen Press 2016); and But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise (Red Hen Press, 2012), chosen by Claudia Rankine as the winner of the 2010 Benjamin Saltman Award. Bertram’s other publications include the chapbook cutthroat glamours (Phantom Books, 2012), winner of the Phantom Books chapbook award, and a variety of other print and mixed-media artifacts.

Bertram has published poetry, prose, and essays in numerous journals, their honors include a 2017 Harvard University Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Grant, a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, finalist nomination for the 2013 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Cave Canem, and others. Bertram holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the creative writing program at the University of Utah, among degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 


AADHum — the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities initiative at the University of Maryland— is an organization focused on critical, theoretical, and material explorations of Black digital experience. // We believe that digital tools offer ripe and rich sites for critique and discovery, and we are committed to making sure that the complex bonds between Black diasporic life and digital expression hold us in sustaining and empowering ways.

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