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The newsletter will be going on break and will resume at the beginning of the Spring semester. We hope you have a restorative break!

In this Newsletter:

  • Upcoming Events (12/6-12/16)
  • New Mastodon options
  • THATCamp Virtual 2023- January 6th
  • Teaching Highlight
  • Congrats to Grad students who are receiving the DH Certificate
  • Study Abroad
  • Faculty Meeting and Celebration Recap
  • Announcement/Good news from the DH@MSU Community

Upcoming Events
(Dec 6 - Dec 16)

Announcement Icon 5236023New Mastodon options


Mastodon is a free open-source social media platform with a similar functioning to Twitter. Below are a few Account options to connect with the DH community!

 Announcement Icon 5236023THATCamp (Virtual) January 6th, 2023


 January 6th, 2023, 9:30am-3:00pm EST, on Zoom

THATCamp (which stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp”) is a gathering where the agenda is set by attendees on the day of the event based on what people want to learn and/or share. It is an event where students, staff, and faculty from any discipline and from all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed, led, and voted upon by the community. 

At DH@MSU THATCamp, we create space for meeting fellow members of the community in informal networking sessions, and we encourage people to share their work in impromptu discussions and workshops. There is also time for a project showcase, when community members can share very short prepared or impromptu remarks about their projects and work. 

Learn more here!

Register Here

ANP 420: Language and Cultures


Staff members in the Lab for Education & Advancement in Digital Research (LEADR) collaborate with History and Anthropology faculty to incorporate digital research methods into a variety of classes each semester. This fall Dr. A.L. McMichael (Director, LEADR) and Professor Chantal Tetreault (Anthropology) continued a tradition of collaborating on ANP 420: Language and Cultures that began in 2014. This time they worked closely with LEADR Graduate Assistant Marcela Omans-McKeeby (PhD candidate, Anthropology) to focus students' attention on current modes of communication and styles of language online.


For the project, students learned about the ethics of data collection, survey design basics, and how to analyze survey results. The hands-on workshops used two free tools, Google Forms and Voyant, to collect and visualize survey data. Marcela was able to draw on her own dissertation experience developing and disseminating a city-wide survey on perceptions of China in Tijuana, Mexico. 


Prof. Tetreault assigns the project because learning about online communicative environments allows students, often for the first time, to critically evaluate their own practices. Some of this year’s research topics include "use of digital technology for classroom communication," "phone use between generations" and "use of emojis in texting." Students apply current theories of language to the online environment and learn how to communicate complex ideas as they share results. 


By the end of the semester students will have designed a robust survey that is generated and disseminated by the group with clear research questions and a clear set of goals for the data collection. They will have hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and disseminating research findings. Thus the project entails enhancing digital awareness and literacy as well as the complex ethics of research generally, which are further complicated by the online environment.

event Icon 37208Congrats to Grad students who are receiving the DH Certificate!

Congratulations to June Oh and Katie Carline for receiving the DH certificate! The DH community is excited to see your impactful DH work continue on and flourish.

June Oh

June graduated with a PhD in English in Summer 2022, now Assistant Professor of English and Digital Studies at University of Texas, Tyler


Katie Carline 

 Katie studies the social and religious history of South Africa and is a PhD candidate in History.

     Faculty Meeting and Celebration Recap

Thank you all for joining us for the end-of-the-semester faculty meeting and celebration! We appreciate being able to come together as a community to share updates and foster conversation about all the great things happening in the DH@MSU community!

For those who were unable to attend, these are the slides from the meeting, and below is an update on the New Community Agreements language:

The DH Core Faculty voted in our December faculty meeting to approve updated language to our community agreements. Links in the introduction now point to specific web pages, clarifications were made, and one new bullet was added at the end.

Study Abroad: 

Technology, Humanities, and the Arts in London and Scotland


More Information Here
Application deadline: Wednesday, February 15, 2023!
All classes in this program count toward the Citizen Scholars program. Note that there is a scholarship opportunity for students in the DH Minor who participate (Learn more about a scholarship opportunity specifically for students in this program!  
At the beginning of summer (June), students will explore changes in the arts & humanities by immersing themselves in the culture of London and of Scotland, two the creative capitals of the world. This program includes hands-on workshops and the ability to view plays, performances, museums, and galleries. This experience is an exciting way to earn a general education requirement and fulfill electives toward the Digital Humanities minor.
Apply on the Education Abroad Site
Apply for a Scholarship

Good News from the DH@MSU Community!

This is a new section that will be included in future issues of the newsletter - email, message Max Evjen on the MSUDH Slack, or Tweet @DHatMSU to share your good news!
  • Current DH Archivist Kate Topham and MSU alumnus Dr. Justin Wigard are starting a Wikidata Institute course through WikiEducation. Both Justin and Kate will be focusing on comics data projects that grew out of the Graphic Possibilities Research Workshop. They will join a cohort of other Wikidata projects, learning best practices, creating workflows, and exploring tools for expanding and utilizing Wikidata.
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick was the inaugural speaker last week (Nov. 29) at a new lecture series hosted by the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University. The lecture series is called “Humanities Matter,” and my talk was entitled “The Humanities, the Commons, and What We Have to Share.”
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Announcement by Muhammad Yusuf Ibrahim from Announcement Icons Noun Project
Event by Ryan Choi from Noun Project
Opportunity by Sophia Bai from Noun Project
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