The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) congratulates its first recipients of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities (GC/DH), Adam McCune (English and Comparative Literature), Lindsay Ogles, and Alex Poole, (School of Information and Library Science). The Graduate Certificate serves students interested in the ways that digital technologies are transforming the creation and sharing of knowledge in the humanities. These transformations create new opportunities and connections across disciplines and among institutions.
Alex Poole earned his doctorate from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2015 and is now an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. While at UNC, Poole received the Thomas F. Ferdinand Digital Humanities Summer Research Fellowship and the Theodore Calvin Pease Award by the Society of American Archivist for his project The Strange Career of Jim Crow Archives: Race, Space, and History in the Mid-Twentieth-Century South.
Poole notes that the GC/DH program has served as a facilitator of opportunities in cross-pollination between SILS and other disciplines. While completing the Graduate Certificate at UNC, Poole taught an Introduction to Digital Humanities course that brought together students from across campus. At Drexel, he hopes to bring his interest and expertise in Digital Humanities to his new department.
Lindsay Ogles received her Masters in Information and Library Science in 2015. She credits the Graduate Certificate program with helping her to pursue courses that most interested her while becoming involved in the larger Digital Humanities community at UNC. Through course selections, she was able to meet and collaborate with a wide variety of researchers and professionals, which bolstered her interest in the field and provided her with professional contacts and associates. The GC/DH allowed her to explore digital methods and tools in new and interesting ways.
I was able to gain real-world experience with these tools and assist in larger projects at UNC. The GC/DH has allowed me to gain a foothold in Digital Humanities jobs. In fact, UNC offers one of the few Digital Humanities programs in the nation and added greatly to my ability to be interviewed for positions at prestigious universities.
Adam McCune is a PhD candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, writing a dissertation on nineteenth-century British representations of childhood. One of the highlights of the program, says McCune, “was learning how to build an archive with XML, XSLT, and PHP working on projects in the Digital Innovation Lab”. McCune is currently the Project Director for the digital archive of the journal Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly. In the future, he plans to build a similarly-constructed archive of biographical materials relating to the fifth earl of Oxford and his family, who were friends with Lord Byron.
The Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities is open to all UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences and professional schools (e.g., schools of Journalism, Education, Information and Library Science, Public Health) and to non-degree-seeking students, including independent scholars, faculty and staff at UNC campuses, postdocs, k-12 teachers, educators, and professionals working in cultural heritage organizations. For more information about the GC/DH please contact Malina Chavez or Dan Anderson.