Soviet Mo(nu)ments: The Influence of Bulgaria’s “Double Liberation” on their Treatment The Hadhrami Diaspora: Islam and Indian Ocean Connectivity Topic Modeling the Supreme Court The Evolution of Student Political Engagement at Lafayette College Synth Guide

Soviet Mo(nu)ments: The Influence of Bulgaria’s “Double Liberation” on their Treatment

This project analyzes how Bulgaria’s “double liberation”, once from the Ottoman Empire and then a second time from fascist forces, has played a vital role in reinforcing a sense of indebtedness and brotherhood towards Russia. By building a database and creating a visualization consisting of mapping and timelines, the project examines the connections between history, government, and monuments.

The Hadhrami Diaspora: Islam and Indian Ocean Connectivity

Using descriptions of prominent Indian Ocean port cities written by the renowned world traveler Ibn Battuta in the 14th century, this project presents an interactive map, created in ArcGIS and Neatline, that traces his travels in relation to Hadhrami migration and influence on Indian Ocean trade and culture. The purpose of this visualization is to highlight Hadhrami migrants who played versatile roles in an interconnected Indian Ocean world.

Topic Modeling the Supreme Court

In this project, digital tools, like MALLET and a web scraper built using Python, are used to look at whether or not ideologically liberal and conservative justices have differences in themes that appear in their majority opinions. To do so, a topic modeling analysis of majority opinions by Justice Sotomayor, Justice Scalia, and Justice Kennedy was done of their opinions since 2009, obtained using Harold Spaeth’s Supreme Court Database and caselaw.findlaw.com.

The Evolution of Student Political Engagement at Lafayette College

This project uses topic modeling in order to investigate the political atmosphere at Lafayette College during two time periods: 1967–1972 (a time of heightened college activism) and 2011–2016, using the college newspaper as a primary source. Through my research, it can be concluded that despite an evident decline in traditional modes of student activism, contemporary college students are still academically invested in political issues and engage with a diversity of political topics through co-curricular life.

Synth Guide

The Synth Guide project is an online, interactive, semi-linear narrative that examines the most popular electronic music synthesis technologies in their technological, musical, and commercial aspects in a Scalar book using TimelineJS and SoundCloud. The project aims to familiarize readers with synthesizers by demystifying the workings of sound in electronic music synthesis and highlighting key trends in the commercial synthesizer market from its conception to its current state.

The Digital Humanities Summer Scholars Program is an internship program for undergraduates at Lafayette College. The program is supported with funding from Skillman Library and works to bring DH tools and methodologies to the undergraduate experience. Over the course of six weeks, students build digital humanities projects and prototypes of their own design.

22nd Apr 2017

2017 DHSS Values

Drawing on Lisa Spiro’s “This Is Why We Fight,” our cohort has chosen as our classroom values: Passion Communication Identity & Intersectionality Curiosity & Awareness Responsibility  

30th Jun 2016
A Final Monumental Reflection

A Final Monumental Reflection

“Deeds, not stones, are the true monuments of the great.” — John L. Motley Change is inevitable. Traits, ambitions, skillsets, ideas — they all evolve, parallel to our own growth. In...

30th Jun 2016
An Ending

An Ending

Scholarship is a strange endeavor, the foremost knowledge one gains from it is the realization of how severely one lacks it. The pursuit of scholarly work demands time, intellectual rigor...

29th Jun 2016
Final Reflection- Synth Guide

Final Reflection- Synth Guide

The Digital Humanities Summer Scholars internship has helped me to expand my interests and given me a whole new set of tools for exploring future research questions. Having the whole...

29th Jun 2016
Final Reflection!

Final Reflection!

“At exactly which point do we start to realize that life without knowledge is death in disguise…” (Talib Kweli) From the moment we started the program, my topic was already...

29th Jun 2016
Last reflection!

Last reflection!

When I embarked on this internship, my main emotion was doubtful. Was I good enough for the program? Was my idea scholarly or simply “cool” enough? Did I love my...

29th Jun 2016

Losses and Gains

There is a word in Greek that I am found of, ἀπορέω, which means something approximating “to be at a loss.” From it we take the word “aporetic,” which means...

29th Jun 2016
Last Reflection — Supreme Court Project

Last Reflection — Supreme Court Project

As the digital humanities program comes to an end, a lot of questions I had about my project in the beginning still remain unanswered. I thought I had realistic views...

23rd Jun 2016
The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

As I reflect back on this process I feel nostalgic, but also excited for the future. I learned so many valuable things not only about my topic, but myself through...

14th Jun 2016
Sarah’s Reflection

Sarah’s Reflection

My scholars, here is something to read and think about, as you encounter frustrations that may feel like ends more than generative spaces. Be capacious, allow room within yourselves for...

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