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.

12th Jun 2017
Reflection 4

Reflection 4

My project came a long way from the beginning, and I am still figuring out where I am going with all the data I have and how best to use...

12th Jun 2017
Reflection IV (john)

Reflection IV (john)

What kinds of questions have you not been able to answer? Where are you hitting snafus and snags? What are you going to try to do to surmount these challenges...

12th Jun 2017
Reflection Four (Ben)

Reflection Four (Ben)

My project so far has been a series of experimentations to see what data would work both best for my research question and for the approach that i am trying...

11th Jun 2017
Fourth Reflection (Tedi)

Fourth Reflection (Tedi)

With any great triumph comes numerous essential failures, and this week’s success has been no exception. Every setback seems monumental, while every achievement seems minimal. To balance the discouragement that...

11th Jun 2017
Fourth Reflection (Camilla)

Fourth Reflection (Camilla)

At this point in my research process, I have stumbled and tripped over hurdles while hitting many walls. I knew when I embarked on this mission that my research topic...

11th Jun 2017
Failings and What Not- Reflection Four

Failings and What Not- Reflection Four

It is now a race against the clock. What can we still do in three weeks, knowing what we’ve done in the last three? That is the real question. I...

06th Jun 2017

“…and if we don’t have it, you ain’t gon’ have it either, cuz we gon’ tear it up.”

“…and if we don’t have it, you ain’t gon’ have it either, cuz we gon’ tear it up.” ~ Fannie Lou Hamer speaking on radical youth movements of the 60s...

06th Jun 2017
Reflection 3

Reflection 3

This week, I decided to make some twists in my project. Instead of looking at how advertisements shape society’s perspectives, I am not looking at how advertisements reflect culture. Therefore,...

05th Jun 2017
Reflection 3 (Ben)

Reflection 3 (Ben)

Digital Humanities has been a controversial subject in many ways from its initial emergence and one of the most prominent talking points is the discussing surrounding diversity. The current state...

05th Jun 2017
Reflection 3

Reflection 3

Because I will be gone this week, please use part of your reflection to engage with two of these articles. Your reflections can/should still be personal, but they should reveal...