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Save the date: Aurelius launch on April 30

Aurelius Launch Party

The Library will be celebrating the formal inauguration of Aurelius with a launch party scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 1:00pm in Room 205 in the second floor Learning Commons of the Library. The event will feature a discussion of the definition of “digital humanities” and how Aurelius will support this emerging trend in scholarly practice, as well as work-in-progress project overviews from Dr. Craig Bailey (History) and Dr. Annika Thiem (Philosophy). Light refreshments will be served. This event is open to the public.

More information about Aurelius can be found on our website.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


Meet Conor Hafertepe, Spring 2013 Digital Humanities Intern

A few weeks ago, Conor Hafertepe became our first Digital Humanities Intern. Conor is from Media, PA, and he is currently a senior at Temple University, where he is majoring in Film & Media Arts. After graduating in May, he plans to teach English abroad for the next year or two, before applying to graduate programs in the digital humanities.

Conor Hafertepe scanning a book.
Conor scanning a book for our dime novel collection.

During the past year, Conor has been working on two digital humanities projects. He conducted independent research on “digital authorship,” especially with regard to Twitter, and he will be presenting his findings at the Re:Humanities Conference in April. In addition, Conor is working with Dr. Roderick Coover on Estuary, a project for the Chemical Heritage Foundation that looks at the Delaware River region in the age of climate change.

Here at Aurelius, Conor is learning about digital humanities in an academic library environment and helping to further establish our fledgling program. He is assisting with the digitization of the dime novel collection for Falvey Memorial Library’s Special Collections and Digital Library as well as processing some of the digitized works for our Project Gutenberg proofreading project. He is also working on our dime novel bibliography project.

If he could travel anywhere in the world, Conor would like to go to Istanbul, Turkey, the meeting point of East and West that “combines Western influences and schools of thought with more Eastern philosophies.”

Yeni Cami mosque and Eminönü bazaar, Constantinople, Turkey
Yeni Cami mosque and Eminönü bazaar, ca. 1890s.
Photo from the Library of Congress on Flickr.


Growing a digital humanities community

November 27, 2012, was the inaugural meeting of the new regional group for digital humanities in the Delaware Valley. There are already over 100 members in the Google Group and 34 of us showed up at the Chemical Heritage Foundation for the first meeting. I’m so excited that so many people are interested in creating a regional DH group! I first got interested in DH while working on my master’s degree in the Washington, D.C. area, which is fortunate to have two really excellent DH centers (CHNM and MITH), so I’m really excited to help bring some of that vibe to Philly!

At the meeting, we discussed a few topics including what our vision for the group is and what sorts of things we would like the group to do. In order to facilitate this, we broke into a few smaller groups. You can read the minutes from the meeting here. If you’re interested in helping out, our working groups are: the web & social media team, the programming team, and the outreach team. If you don’t want to help out actively at this time, you are welcome to stay in touch via the Google Group and Twitter (more social media accounts to follow).

As we start our own DH initiative here at Falvey Library, I’m wrestling with a lot of the same questions the regional group is. It’s easy to say that we should support DH, but it’s much harder to make that vision into a concrete reality. What is/are the digital humanities? How can we “sell” it to people who would be interested in the kinds of projects you can do with DH, but maybe don’t understand what DH is? How do we evaluate DH projects? How do we integrate DH into the classroom? There are a lot of questions and — at least for now — not as many answers. But that’s okay. DH is a growing movement and, more importantly, a growing community. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can grow here at Villanova.

Photo of pumpkin and gourd seedlings.
“Seedlings” by Ed Mitchell.

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Announcing the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative

Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative logo

Today, at an informal “brown bag lunch,” we are excited to introduce the Aurelius Digital Humanities Initiative, a project of Falvey Memorial Library to support digital humanities (DH) projects and promote a DH community here at Villanova.

Humanities scholarship and technology are intersecting in interesting ways and the Library believes it is important to facilitate and support these connections.

Our digital humanities initiative is still a work-in-progress as we get a feel for the interests and scope of those interested in DH at Villanova. What should a Villanova DH program look like? We hope you’ll be part of the conversation!


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