Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat

When: August 17 and 18, 2013

Where: MIT Endicott House, Dedham, Massachusetts

Wellesley's participation: The Digital Scholarship Initiative team and LTS is seeking to send a Wellesley contingent of faculty, librarians, and instructional technologists to this workshop. Funds for attending this workshop will be generously provided by the Friends of the Wellesley College Library's Innovation in Reading & Scholarship fund. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jenifer Bartle (

What: The Boston Digital Humanities Consortium is pleased to announce a very special faculty professional development opportunity, the Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat.  

This two-day, intensive workshop is designed to introduce regional faculty to the concepts, tools, and processes foundational to the digital humanities disciplines in a comfortable and collegial setting. After attending, participants will be able to immediately incorporate digital humanities resources and assignments in their existing courses.

The Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat will draw on the experience of eight established regional digital humanists from Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Yale University.

Institutions interested in encouraging more collaborative digital humanities initiatives on their campus are invited to send a team of faculty, or pair a faculty member with a librarian or educational technologist.  Library and Information Technology departments interested in promoting the use of their resources and staff skills in support of digital humanities activities are likewise encouraged to recruit or sponsor faculty participation.

Rooms are available for those attendees who wish to stay over Saturday night and participate in informal dinner conversation with the faculty and their peers.


8:00 Registration and Breakfast
9:00 Section 1: Introduction to Existing Digital Humanities Content with Jean Bauer, Carol Chiodo, Vika Zafrin
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Section 2: Under the Hood: Key DH Concepts with Patsy Baudoin, Julia Flanders, Vika Zafrin
7:00 (Optional) Informal dinner (details TBD)

8:00 Breakfast
9:00 Section 3: Off-the-Shelf Digital Humanities Tools with Ryan Cordell, Julia Flanders, John Unsworth
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Recap and Discussion with John Unsworth

Note: Pre-event homework compiled by Lindsay Skay Whitacre and Patsy Baudoin.

Logistical Details

The Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat will be held at the MIT Endicott House at 80 Haven Street, Dedham, Massachusetts, 02026.  Directions to the MIT Endicott house and other information about the venue can be found on the MIT Endicott House website:

The event will take place Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18, 2013.


Registration for the Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat is $186 per person. To register, click on the “Register Now” Link on the event registration page.


For those who wish to stay over Saturday night, rooms at the Endicott House are available on a first-come, first-served basis, at a cost of $140.  To reserve rooms, contact Marilyn Mygan at the Endicott House directly:, 617-715-4900.

Pre-retreat Homework

Attendees will be sent links to readings designed to prepare them for meaningful participation in the Retreat two weeks prior to the event.


Any questions concerning the Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat can be directed to Boston Digital Humanities Consortium administrator David G. Wedaman at

Introduction to Digital Humanities Faculty Retreat Faculty

Patsy Baudoin
Patsy Baudoin is currently the Digital Humanities Librarian at MIT as well as the MIT Libraries Liaison to the Media Lab and the Art, Culture, & Technology group in the School of Architecture and Planning. She is one of ten authors of 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (MIT Press, 2013). She earned a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan and an MLS from Simmons GSLIS, where she also designed and taught the first course in Archiving and Preserving Digital Media in the mid-2000s.

Jean Bauer
Jean Bauer is the Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown University and part of the Brown University Library's Center for Digital Scholarship, where she works with faculty, students, and fellow librarians to design and implement digital projects that showcase and facilitate scholarship in the humanities.  Through a combination of formal training and curiosity she is an early American historian, database designer, and photographer. She is finishing her dissertation "Revolution-Mongers: Launching the U.S. Foreign Service, 1775-1825" in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia and has developed The Early American Foreign Service Database.  She is currently serving as the Executive Secretary for centerNet’s International Steering Committee.
Carol Chiodo
Carol Chiodo is a Ph.D. Candidate in Italian Language and Literature at Yale University.  Her research explores the interactions between literature and technology from medieval manuscript culture to the present day.  While technologies change rapidly, the humanities provide a steady vantage point from which to view not just recent developments, but also those effaced by time and obsolescence. This long view of technology takes into account centuries old craft practices and the ideas associated with them in order to better assess and debate the sweeping changes in the nature of technology that are underway.  At Yale, she helps coordinate the Digital Humanities Working Group, an interdisciplinary working group at the Whitney Humanities Center devoted to our growing digital humanities community.

Ryan Cordell
Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Prof. Cordell is collaborating with colleagues in English, History, and Computer Science on an NEH-funded project using robust data mining tools to discover borrowed texts across large-scale archives of antebellum texts. These “viral texts” help us to trace lines of influence among antebellum writers and editors, and to construct a model of viral textuality in the period. Cordell serves on NITLE's Digital Humanities Council and as vice president of the Digital Americanists scholarly society. He is Co-Editor-in-Chief of centerNet’s forthcoming new journal, DHCommons, and he also writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Julia Flanders
Julia Flanders is the Director of the Digital Scholarship Group and a Professor of the Practice in English at Northeastern University, where she also directs the Women Writers Project. She is Editor-in-Chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly and has served as President and Vice President of the Association for Computers and the Humanities, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Text Encoding Initiative Consortium, and as a member of the steering committees for the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations and centerNet. With colleagues, she teaches regular workshops on text encoding, teaching with TEI, and related digital humanities topics.
John Unsworth
John Unsworth is Vice Provost for Library & Technology Services and Chief Information Officer at Brandeis University. Prior to that he was Dean and Professor of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia and of North Carolina State University. John has published extensively on the subject of scholarship in the digital age, and he recently chaired the American Council of Learned Society's (ALCS) Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences. John holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Amherst College and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. In 2005, he was a Vodaphone Fellow of Kings College, University College London, and was awarded the Richard W. Lyman award.
Lindsay Skay Whitacre
Lindsay Skay Whitacre is the Assistant Digital Collections Librarian at Boston College. She is the convener of BC's Digital Humanities Interest Group, a forum for faculty and staff to discuss Digital Humanities methods, tools, and projects. Lindsay has a special interest in the TEI and its use in the classroom. Prior to BC, Lindsay was an information specialist at WGBH where she participated in the IMLS grant-funded project that digitized the program "Vietnam: A Television History." She recently completed coursework in Digital Pedagogy and the TEI. She received her MISt from the University of Toronto and her BA from Mount Holyoke College
Vika Zafrin
Vika Zafrin is Institutional Repository Librarian at Boston University, where she helps authors disseminate research, oversees digitization projects, promotes open access, and otherwise participates in the work of the Digital Initiatives and Open Access team. Her other research interests include semantic encoding of primary sources. She was a principal investigator for the NEH funded (HD-51166-10) project "Evolutionary Subject Tagging in the Humanities." Zafrin holds a PhD in Special Graduate Studies (Humanities Computing) from Brown University, where she was involved with two multi-year NEH-funded projects. She is currently serving as Executive Secretary of the Association for Computers and the Humanities.