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IWU Digital Humanities Fellowship Projects

The Ames Library is proud to support student research through our Summer Digital Humanities Fellows programs. Students selected for this opportunity take on an intellectual problem and learn about Digital Humanities as a tool to collect and analyze data and share the results of that work. Many students work on teams with faculty sponsors on a problem connected to their current research: others develop projects from personal intellectual interest. All created websites meant to share their work with wider audiences.



If you are an IWU community member interested in developing a digital scholarship project, the Ames Library would be delighted to help! We have gathered a number of resources for accessing, cleaning, and analyzing data, as well as creating digital projects, and are happy to host (within academic reason) your digital project: we support Omeka, Scalar, and WordPress, amongst other tools. Please contact Online Learning Librarian Abby Mann with any questions.

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Book Censorship in Florida

Book titles being challenged for removal from schools have seen an unprecedented rise in the last few years. Our team worked to analyze changes in political trends, language choice of pro-censorship organizations, and media sharing of national organizations to analyze pro-censorship groups strategies and trends. We chose to look at Florida because of its high amount of book bans, pro-censorship organizations, and significant changes in voting trends.

Team: Paige Griffin, Hadi Imtiaz, and Ethan Sanders

This project was developed in the 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows program.

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Chocolate Representations in Pre-Columbian Indigenous Art and Post-Columbian European Art

This research explores how chocolate was used in Europe compared to the New World and how that is reflected in art. It further investigates how art embodies the cultural understandings of chocolate and what conditions, influences, and events led chocolate to become represented in various ways.

Team: Rose Abraham and Georgia Sharwarko

This project was developed in the 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows program.

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Exploring Photography in Pilsen

Pilsen Days is a book made up of a collection of photographs taken by the Japanese photographer Akito Tsuda during his time as a college student in the early 1990s at Colombia College Chicago. Through a mixture of different types of portraits, these environmental photographs depict members of the Pilsen community in a photojournalistic way that feels organic and personal. In this project, I have chosen to display some of Mr. Tsuda's photographs from his Pilsen Days collection alongside photographs taken by my peer and I to explore different themes that Mr. Tsuda demonstrates in his photographs, and how we interpreted those same themes in our own work.

Creator: Cynthia Castro

This project was developed in the 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows program.

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IWU Global Storytelling

The IWU Global Storytelling Project (GSP) was born out of the need to provide high-quality and authentic teaching materials that were accessible to anyone at any time. The collection was built as an open-source audio collection of stories. Each audio file has been recorded in different languages by volunteer readers. In the summer of 2023, the IWU Digital Humanities Fellowship allowed the project to change its direction towards the creation of a model for the preservation of languages through oral stories and through it, the preservation of culture as well. The project was also expanded to include data on the readers of the stories, and also to contextualize the cultures of the languages spoken for each story.

Team Members: Olivia Daoud, Abhirup Das, and Lena Turlakova

This project was developed in the 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows program.

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Power and Gender in Macbeth

Before using any digital tools, looking at the scene I had chosen to analyze for this project I hadn’t put much thought into how each of the times that fear is mentioned, it had a different way in which it was used. With analysis, it allowed me to see things that other researchers haven’t found yet which is cool because they can build their research off of my data to uncover more things that haven’t been discovered in Macbeth yet..

Creator: Nycole Clark

This project was developed in the 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows program.

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Bloomington-Normal Community Health Blueprint

Using textual analysis to generate keywords, this team selected possible health initiatives from a large clearinghouse of such practices, and then used both textual and environmental analyses to recommend specific approaches.

Team: Amber Anderson, Amanda Victoria Balaba, Alex Dawson, and Leah Matlin.

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Exploring Education with Digital Humanities

Using textual analysis and data visualization tools, this team sorted through multiple factors, seeking correlations between socio-cultural-environmental factors and educational attainment scores.

Team: Zoe Hovde, Kacie Moore and Josh Reed.

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Zora Neale Hurston: A Life in Playwriting

This team connected Hurston's anthropological research to her plays, in ways that invite a variety of users, from high schoolers encountering her work for the first time to theater goers to dramaturges producing one of her works.

Team: Mishwa Bhavsar, Ellie Kurtz, Julia McMahon, and Leah Rosen.