As I contemplate my move to Michigan State University, my approach to scholarship and teaching will remain shaped by the work done at Rollins College. It struck me that I'm moving from one peninsula to another with this move. I'm moving from a state and city that helped to define the Sunbelt transformation to region that defines the Rustbelt loss and hoped for renewed promise. It crazy to revisit this conversation from 2012.
I'm working on a piece examining comic book geographies. Of course, my concern with comic book landscape as reflective of broader urban issues makes this both fun and hard. I'm using Brotherman Comics as the focal point because it sits at the intersection of broader concerns related race, comics, and narrative in the American experience.
The systematic erasure of the black experience in American mind is a crucial problem. Memorial Day is linked to the deliberate misremembering of Reconstruction and the rise of Jim Crow ideology. When we forgot how Memorial Day started, it is part of the forgetting the motivation and consequences about the Civil War. Thankfully, David W. Blight has done the work document the complex origin of the holiday. He is historian you should know!
The problem of digital labor in the humanities is a real one. I often talk to colleagues about the work it takes to make something that doesn't seem done. One way to manage that problem is to blog about what you do. Since the humanities depend so heavily on the building on previous insights, the ability to cite ongoing work and ideas from colleagues through citing their blogs becomes crucial to document the labor they are putting into creating digital objects. As I write the final report for Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning Workshop I co-designed and co-led with Scot French, the need map out all we did on paper feels a little hollow. We did a lot, but the report can't capture it all. On the surface, it was a straightforward exercise. Rollins is a part of the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS). The ACS has a generous grants program that has helped me get several digital projects off the ground. The ACS-R1 grant was designed to encourage liberal arts faculty to create collaboration with research institution faculty. For this ACS- R1 grant I worked with Scot French (UCF) to create a two-day Digital Literacy and Collaborative Learning (DLCL) workshop. The workshop was focused on developing a cross-institutional framework for promoting broadly collaborative, community-based undergraduate and graduate student research employing the tools and methods linked to digital humanities. We designed this workshop to expand faculty dialogue connected to community engagement and digital humanities. Of course, Rollins College has received national recognition for its ongoing commitment to community engagement, and the University of Central Florida (UCF) has a public history program and wider institutional mandate to engage with the Central Florida community. The grant funded the workshop for faculty cohort from Rollins and UCF to explore the possible paths for digital tools and methods in and out of the classroom. As you can see below, we took advantage of digital platforms to keep track of our process.