Paul C. Rosier, PhD, Dept. of History, and six students from his fall 2016 History 5001: Junior Research Seminar: Music in Twentieth Century American History, launched their digital humanities project on Feb. 3. Laura Bang, coordinator of Digital Scholarship, explained how Falvey’s digital humanities began in 2012. David Uspal, Library Technology Development specialist, told the audience how skills learned in the digital humanities classes will be useful in the “real world.” Students in the course began “a multi-media and interdisciplinary examination of the cultural, social, political and economic dimensions of music in American history from the end of the Civil War to the early 2000s” (website); their projects are housed in the Digital Library under the title “Music in Twentieth Century American History.” https://historyrocks.library.villanova.edu/
Students presenting their projects were Stephen Baldwin, “Breaking Tradition: Fiddler on the Roof and the Red Scare;” Dominic Cottone, “Forgotten Ballads of the Green Berets: An Exploration of Pro-Vietnam War Music and Viewpoints;” Joseph Farmer, “The National Anthem Effect on ‘The Star Spangled Banner’;” Frank Fazio, “”He’s Guilty, Don’t Let That Boy Go Free;” Elaine Snyder, “A Boy Named Sue: Redefining Gender Through Country Music Post 1960;” and Julia Taladay, “Ziggy Stardust vs David Bowie: How the LGBT Community Can Relate.” Jake Froccaro, John (Lennon) Griffin and Nykeia Jones also contributed to the project.
Michael Foight, Special Collections and Digital Library coordinator, and Jutta Seibert, Director of Academic Integration and subject librarian for History, attended and Dr. Rosier thanked them for their help.
Photographs by Alice Bampton, Communications and Marketing Dept.