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.

30th May 2016
Reflection 2- Narrative of Electronic Music Synthesis

Reflection 2- Narrative of Electronic Music Synthesis

Reflection 2- Narrative of Electronic Music Synthesis After researching many different forms of electronic music synthesis, I have realized that it would be impractical to include all of my findings...

30th May 2016
Reflection 2–Supreme Court Project

Reflection 2–Supreme Court Project

As the due date for this project comes close, and every article I read opens up new avenues for research, I feel overwhelmed with amount of reading I have to...

29th May 2016
Reflection two

Reflection two

In the past week, my project has finally been taking shape into something where all the parts seem to be falling into place. By choosing my focus to be student...

28th May 2016
Reflection 2

Reflection 2

My personal and intellectual curiosity for this topic has been a strong source of motivation in keeping up with my research. There are numerous ways in which I can approach...

27th May 2016
Monumental Reflection, 2

Monumental Reflection, 2

  “Monuments are for the living, not for the dead.” -Frank Wedekind  As the second week of this journey draws near, a new question emerges on the horizon. Did the...

26th May 2016
Research Elements – Jillian Fahy

Research Elements – Jillian Fahy

Research Question – May 26 For my research project I will be looking to investigate the areas in the U.S. that are seeing increased numbers of extinct or endangered species...

26th May 2016
Reflection 2 – Inspiration and Focus

Reflection 2 – Inspiration and Focus

After the project review assignment I have definitely acquired more inspiration for my project design. Looking at other peoples maps and websites has been extremely helpful. When I see a...

26th May 2016
Joseph’s Reflection

Joseph’s Reflection

If an individual author’s works are to be understood or an author written about, one must understand what he has conveyed over the long durée of his/her work.This study will...

25th May 2016
2016 Project Reviews

2016 Project Reviews

Find three digital projects that are similar to yours in either method or content. Provide a link, a summary, and both positives and negatives. What did you learn from using...

23rd May 2016
Reflection- Synthesizer Interactive Timeline

Reflection- Synthesizer Interactive Timeline

After reflecting on the feasibility of what I can achieve within six weeks with no prior coding knowledge, I have decided to limit my project, an interactive timeline of music...