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Saturday, October 29 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
#s2a: Re-Envisioning and Reclaiming History

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The Collinwood Fire: Steampunk, Non-Fiction, and Historical Haiku
Michael Newbury and Daniel Houghton (Middlebury College)

Though mostly forgotten today, the Collinwood  School fire of 1908 killed 172 grade-school children and raised an international clamor for the redesign of school buildings.  A team of faculty, staff, and students at Middlebury College have tied together short computer-animated movie, archival footage, advertisements, and photographs to create a multimedia platform for nonfiction storytelling about the fire and events surrounding it.  Far from aspiring to conclusiveness, the project highlights the uncertainties of  understanding that emerged in the past and what can only be partially known in the present, as narration shifts between the real and the and the animated, the photographic and the computer-generated, historical sources and their limitations.

Public Humanities, Early American Studies, and the Digital Revolution
Jim Egan and Patrick Rashleigh (Brown University)

Can the digital turn in humanities scholarship produce more fruitful engagements between post-secondary institutions and the many publics that exist outside the academy? To engage this and related questions, this presentation will focus on Mapping Colonial American Publishing (http://cds.library.brown.edu/mapping-genres/), a collaborative project that uses library catalog data from two of Brown’s rare book libraries to visualize the history of publishing in the Americas before 1800.  Our recent efforts at engaging audiences beyond the academy has produced as many questions as answers.  We’ve wondered, for instance, what topics might draw readers to a subject that often draws more yawns than clicks, and how we might we use the digital to connect with the world outside the academy through partnerships with local historic sites, coordinating with museums and local public humanities groups, for instance, and/or elementary, middle, and/or secondary schools in order to advance the goals of all communities involved?


Mark Sheftall

Bucknell University


Jim Egan

Brown University

Michael Newbury

Middlebury College

E. Patrick Rashleigh

Brown University

Saturday October 29, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Walls Lounge 2nd Floor, ELC

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