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.

29th Jun 2017

Sarah’s thoughts.

And here we are, somehow, at the end again, and I am not ready. The poem, “Little Gidding,” that I included on the prompt, feels a little contrived and unfair:...

29th Jun 2017

How do you breathe, which is to say, how do you live?

Sometimes life is a prayer, a quiet one that you whisper on exasperated breath.  And sometimes days are but a breath, and weeks a string of breaths or prayers or...

28th Jun 2017
Reflection 5

Reflection 5

This experience has been amazing and I learned so much about history of women and advertising, different ways advertisements affect our lives and what it means to be a working...

28th Jun 2017
Fifth Reflection (Tedi)

Fifth Reflection (Tedi)

On beginnings: It’s curious to think of how I started my digital humanities journey, full of hope and trepidation. Big plans had yet to be narrowed into smaller ones. Six...

28th Jun 2017
An end to a beginning – Final Reflection (Camilla)

An end to a beginning – Final Reflection (Camilla)

I must admit that when I first started designing my project, I was intimidated. I was intimidated by the amount of time I had to complete my mission, worried that...

28th Jun 2017
Last Reflection

Last Reflection

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.” Isaac Asimov As reflect on the past six weeks, I think about home a lot. I love my...

28th Jun 2017
The Finale of Reflections

The Finale of Reflections

John Rodriguez “You will take all you want from me Oh, the innocence I lack You will take all you want from me But I will take it all back...

28th Jun 2017
Final Reflection (Ben)

Final Reflection (Ben)

In addition to learning extensive information about the Sephardic Diaspora, the emergence of Sephardim, the conditions for medieval and early modern Jews in different regions and the various factors determining...

27th Jun 2017

The End, Beginning, and Middle- Last Reflection

“Every good story has a beginning, middle, and an end though not necessarily in that order. We are all great stories.”- Phil Kaye Thinking about writing this reflection seems to...

12th Jun 2017
Reflection 4

Reflection 4

I realized that comparing the data to how women are displayed in the advertisements, I cannot make big generalizations about the motives behind creation of ads; therefore, I decided to...