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FYS: Nature, Environments, and Place in American Thought

Friday, April 11, 2014 10:25 am

For the Spring 2014 semester, Chelcie Rowell worked with Lisa Blee (Assistant Professor in the Department of History) to incorporate a digital exhibit and interactive map into the first year seminar, Nature, Environments, and Place in American Thought. Over the course of the semester, students in this course will develop place studies and photo essays that critically examine relationships between nature and the built environment in a particular location. This digital exhibit and mapping project is being implemented using Omeka and Neatline and is supported by ZSR’s Technology Team, with whom Chelcie liaises on Lisa’s behalf.

Chelcie and Lisa met throughout Fall 2013 in order to envision how a digital exhibit and interactive map would support the learning outcomes of the course, as well as how the platforms of Omeka and Neatline would structure the place studies and photo essays that students would create. During Spring 2014, Chelcie will provide multiple instruction sessions in the course in order to demonstrate how to use Omeka and Neatline and will be available to meet one-on-one with students. At the end of the semester, Lisa and Chelcie will present about their collaboration in a Spring 2014 series of presentations sponsored by Wake Forest’s Digital Humanities Initiative.

Humanities for the Environment

Friday, April 11, 2014 10:25 am

In August 2013 David Phillips (Associate Professor of Humanities) invited Chelcie to join the Web Team of the Humanities for the Environment project funded by the Mellon Foundation. The Humanities for the Environment project is animated by questions about the role of the humanities in the Age of the Anthropocene, a concept developed by scientist Paul Crutzen to identify a new era in which human activity is significantly reshaping the geological future of the planet. A major outcome of the project will be a portal that provides Web access to materials that engage questions related to the humanities and the environment in the Age of the Anthropocene — from syllabi and photographs to visualizations of ecological data. Chelcie’s role has been to consult about metadata as well as copyright and long-term preservation of materials contributed to the Humanities for the Environment portal. After the conclusion of the project, a selection of materials from the Web portal may be transferred to WakeSpace, the institutional repository of Wake Forest University.


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