Course Schedule


Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  • Topic: Legal literacies in digital humanities
  • Readings due:
    • Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor, “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives,” Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016): 23-43. (See Blackboard Content)
    • Andrej Zwitter, “Big Data Ethics,” Big Data & Society (July-September 2014): 1-6.
  • Blog post assignment: Consider the four literacies we discussed today (ethics, privacy, copyright, and licenses). How do these literacies affect your research and scholarship as historians or scholars? What surprised you about these literacies? What are some important considerations to think about before beginning a digital humanities project? (400 words minimum)
  • Resources
    • Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig, “Owning the Past,” in Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

  • Topic: Data literacy; organizing your research; finding datasets
  • Guest instructor: Wendy Mann, Director, Digital Scholarship Center
    • Finding and reading data
  • In class assignment: In groups, devise a method to clean the death certificates data. Write out your specific plans to revise this data into a tidy dataset.
  • Reading due:
    • Hadley Wickham, “Tidy Data,” Journal of Statistical Software 59, no. 10 (August 2014)
  • Blog post assignment: What are the three principles of tidy data? What are the best methods for organizing your research? Consider how you might implement both tidy data and organizational research methods into your scholarly practice. (400 words minimum)

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

  • Topic: Thinking about topic and finding research and asking questions
  • What makes a good historical question and how to use sources to help write a better question?
  • Analyzing sources
  • Start thinking of markers
  • Reading due:
    • Benedict Carton and George Oberle, “‘[T]o each of their heirs forever’ Legacies of George Mason IV: Beneficiary, Patriarch, Bequeather, Enslaver” 
    • First half of Michel-Rolph Trouillot, Silencing the Past: Power and the Production of History (Boston: Beacon Press, 1995)

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Tuesday, October 12, 2021


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

DUE: Timeline Assignment

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

  • Individual Meetings

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Individual Meetings

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Presentation on Historic Markers: This will be a celebration of your scholarship and accomplishments during the class. Students will be asked to share their findings by speaking for a maximum of three minutes.
  • Self-Assessment: Reflect on the semester and the work you have done and write a blog post that communicates what you have specifically learned. We are particularly interested in how you feel you have improved in understanding how to use technology in your major. We would also like you to share what you have learned about history in the class. (400 words minimum)

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  • Final Historical Marker Research Package DUE