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.

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...

14th Jun 2016
The Charming Setback(s)

The Charming Setback(s)

The real thrill of an academic endeavor lies almost entirely in trying to scale the mammoth walls of conceptual and logistical impediments. If every nuance of a concept is simply...

13th Jun 2016
Reflection 4- Narrowing, Narrowing, Narrowing

Reflection 4- Narrowing, Narrowing, Narrowing

Reflection 4- Narrowing, Narrowing, Narrowing This week I have mainly been working on better forming my argument.  I realized that the main part of my project I was interested in...

13th Jun 2016
Reflection Four — Supreme Court

Reflection Four — Supreme Court

After meeting with the research librarians, I realized that I still had a lot of groundwork to still do on my project. I think they were right when they said...

13th Jun 2016
Reflection 4

Reflection 4

This past week has been eventful, to say the least. It was definitely very stressful. After being told by the other librarians that my research was not really interesting and...

13th Jun 2016
Reflection 4

Reflection 4

This past week has been frustrating and nervewracking. With all the upcoming deadlines, I am feeling the pressure of how little time we have left. Fortunately, it has also been...

10th Jun 2016
Monumental Reflection, 4

Monumental Reflection, 4

The past week has been rough. I had spent a lot of time (nearly half of the duration of the project) researching monuments that I would not need, questions that...

09th Jun 2016
Reflection 4 – Setbacks, Setbacks, Setbacks

Reflection 4 – Setbacks, Setbacks, Setbacks

This past week has been extremely chaotic and overwhelming for me with my project. I bounced all over the place on ideas, and toyed with drastically changing my topic. However,...

07th Jun 2016
Triumphs and Tribulations.

Triumphs and Tribulations.

Iran’s political culture is a bottomless well, one can always delve a little deeper. The past week was spent mostly engaging with scholarly work pertaining Iranian politics. The outline for...