Hacking the Symposium Format

 One of our goals for this symposium is to welcome all participants, including audience members, into the discussions that have developed over the last three years about the collaborations, pedagogical innovations, and research opportunities the digital humanities make possible. Therefore, the sessions are designed to be highly interactive. We’ll open roundtables. We have asked national experts whose work has inspired our process and projects these last few years to open each roundtable by offering their insights and posing questions about the roundtable topic, using their current projects as grounding case studies. We will then move into brief presentations by colleagues from the University of Iowa and Grinnell College on discoveries they have made about collaboration, resources for digital tools, and digital scholarship and pedagogy in light of their Digital Bridges projects. That should leave plenty of time for rich, interactive conversations about current and potential applications of technology and our individual, institutional, and collective dreams for the future of the digital arts and humanities on university campuses and beyond. We are especially grateful for the participation of our colleagues in the libraries at Grinnell College and the University of Iowa. They have been critical to the success of the grant.


Wednesday, August 8

Location: MERGE (136 S Dubuque St., Iowa City)

Digital Bridges Overview: Commuting Between Campuses
Erik Simpson, Teresa Mangum, and Jim Elmborg: Original Co-PIs


Futures of Digital Humanities

A roundtable discussion featuring symposium guests
Matthew Battles, Patricia Fumerton, James Lee, Alan Liu,
Élika Ortega, Miriam Posner, Roopika Risam





Visiting Scholar: Roopika Risam (Salem State University)

Caleb Elfenbein (Grinnell College) and Jason Harshman (University of Iowa)
Mapping Islamophobia in the Social Studies Classroom

Barbara Eckstein (UI), Liz Rodrigues (Grinnell), Caglar Koylu (UI)
The People’s Weather Map and Social Media Data

Tim Arner (Grinnell) and Rob Shepard (UI)—pedagogical collaboration with Kathy Lavezzo (UI) and Lisa Lampert-Weissig (UCSD) on their project
Remappings–Christians and Jews in Early England

Nick Phillips (Grinnell)
Digital Cartographies of Spanish Detective Fiction
and Language Pedagogy



Location: TBD


Screening of Digital Stories

Location: TBD

Moderated by Jen Shook (Grinnell)


Thursday, August 9

Location: MERGE (136 S Dubuque St, Iowa City)


Teaching Textual Analysis

Visiting Scholar: Patricia Fumerton (UCSB)
Say that Again?: EBBA and Textual Analysis

Fred Boehmke (UI) and Paul Dilley (UI)
Big Ideas: Information, Society, and Culture

Matthew Hannah (Purdue University)
Tinkering with Texts

Erik Simpson (Grinnell)
Digital Pedagogy, Literary Methods

Samuel A. Rebelsky (Grinnell)
Digital Humanities in the Introductory Computer Science Classroom




Screens, Bodies, Movement, and Medicine

Visiting Scholar: Miriam Posner (UCLA)

Diana Cates (UI)
The Virtual Clinic or Philosophy Meets Nursing

Celeste Miller (Grinnell)
Digital Bridges to Dance

Carolyn Lewis (Grinnell)
The History of Sexuality Archive

Tammy Nyden (Grinnell)
Mothers on the Frontline and Mental Health Policy and Outreach


Lunch and Travel to Grinnell College


DH and the Arts

Location: Digital Laboratory, Forum Building (1119 6th Ave., Grinnell)

Visiting Scholar: Matthew Battles (Harvard University)

Joyce Tsai (UI) and Hannah Scates Kettler (UI), in collaboration with Jenny Anger (Grinnell)
Museums Without Walls (Tsai) and
Virtual Erster Deutscher Herbstsalon (Anger)

Matthew Kluber (Grinnell), in collaboration with Laurel Farrin (UI)
Drawing Structures with 3D Printing

Lee Emma Running (Grinnell)
“Cure” and Digital Filmmaking

Kim Marra (University of Iowa), Mark Anderson (UI), Wade Hampton (UI)
“Pull of Horses” Video




Tour of Grinnell DH facilities and art gallery


Dinner at Grinnell (registration required)

Location: Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar (924 Main St., Grinnell)

Return to Iowa City



Friday, August 10

Location: MERGE (136 S Dubuque St, Iowa City)


Librarian Leaders and the Digital Humanities

Moderated by Deborah Whaley (UI)

Mark Christel (Grinnell)

Liz Rodrigues (Grinnell)

Robert Shepard (UI)

Nikki White (UI)




Digital Affordance/Cultural Resistance

Visiting Scholar: Élika Ortega (Northeastern University)

James Lee (Grinnell), Blaine Greteman (UI), Dave Eichmann (UI)
Linked Reading: Shakeosphere and The Global Renaissance

Mirzam Pérez (Grinnell)
Digital Humanities in the Spanish Literature Classroom:
Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Faculty-Student Collaborations

Christina Boyles
1928 Hurricane Project





Alan Liu (UCSB)
DH and Critical Infrastructure


Closing Reflections

A roundtable discussion featuring
Matthew Battles, Patricia Fumerton, James Lee, Alan Liu,
Élika Ortega, Miriam Posner, Roopika Risam

Moderated by Jim Elmborg, Teresa Mangum, and Erik Simpson