Growing a community: Reflections from a recent DH retreat

Posted on March 7, 2014 by

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At the end of January 2014, a group of UConn graduate students, faculty, librarians, and Institute for Teaching & Learning (ITL) staff met to share information about digital humanities activities at UConn, as well as brainstorm ideas for how to support and foster digital humanities work, as well as the people (i.e. graduate students, junior faculty) who are interested in some aspect of digital humanities. This meeting grew out of a conversation started by Brandon Hawk (PhD candidate, Medieval Studies) this past fall, in which he proposed that we bring together students, faculty, and staff who are in some way involved with digital humanities and craft a DH values statement.

There were two goals for this retreat, the first was to start a conversation about a digital humanities community at UConn with people who already were part of this community, but may not have realized it. Second, we wanted to begin a discussion about shared values amongst those working in digital humanities at UConn. We feel that it is important to consider the values shared by members in our community and also acknowledge that these are not static, but will evolve and even change as the community too will grow and change.  (more…)


Swafford Talk: “From the Parlor to the Laptop: Victorian Lyrics and Digital Tools”

Posted on March 5, 2014 by

On February 21, 2014, Joanna Swafford (PhD candidate, University of Virginia) visited UConn to talk about her project “Songs of the Victorians” and public humanities tool “Augmented Notes.” Swafford’s research focuses on Victorian poetry, sound studies, and digital humanities. Her dissertation, “Transgressive Tunes and the Gendered Music of Victorian Poetry,” traces the gendered intermediations of poetry and music. Her visit was co-sponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Digital Media & Design, University Libraries: Scholars’ Collaborative and the Connecticut Digital Archive.

One of her goals in developing “Songs of the Victorians” was to make musico-literary arguments in an open-access setting, which would allow scholars to better understand her analyses of poetry set to music in parlor and art songs, by giving them access to the notated music and audio, which can be followed along measure by measure. This will allow scholars in areas outside of music, who may not read music, to both see and hear Swafford’s arguments.  (more…)


Carreño at Roberts’ Opera House

Posted on February 21, 2014 by

This past October I visited the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) after stumbling upon an entry about Roberts’ Opera House written by Jennifer R. Sharp on the Inside the CHS blog.1 I was digging into details about Carreño’s performances in Hartford, CT during the 1870s and ’80s, hoping that in addition to newspaper advertisements or reviews about her performances, I could locate other primary source documents held by LAMs (libraries, archives, museums) that were digitized or at least had descriptive metadata. One of the venues in which Carreño performed between 1874 and 1883 was Roberts’ Opera House in Hartford, which was in use from 1869 through 1929.2 (more…)

  1. Jennifer R. Sharp, Roberts’ Opera House: Finest Place of Amusement in New England, Inside the CHS (blog), September 30, 2010,
  2. “Last Tribute is Paid to Old Theater: Vanished Glories Recalled at Ceremony in Roberts’s Opera House Soon to be Razed,” The Hartford Courant, March 10, 1929: 1.