• The Life and Death of Metadata

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    We are pleased to announce the next installment of our digital humanities projects website, Digital Pioneers.… Read More

    The Life and Death of Metadata

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    We are pleased to announce the next installment of our digital humanities projects website, Digital Pioneers. In this segment we focus on the work of Yanni Loukissas, Krystelle Denis, and the staff of The Arnold Arboretum called “The Life and Death of Metadata.”

  • LAUNCHED: Lasky-Barajas Digital Pioneers

    LAUNCHED: Lasky-Barajas Digital Pioneers

    DARTH is excited to announce the launch of its newest website, Lasky-Barajas Digital Pioneers, dedicated to showcasing original and innovative projects in the digital arts and humanities.… Read More

    LAUNCHED: Lasky-Barajas Digital Pioneers

    DARTH is excited to announce the launch of its newest website, Lasky-Barajas Digital Pioneers, dedicated to showcasing original and innovative projects in the digital arts and humanities. The website debuts with four projects by Harvard faculty and students, funded by the generous support of Mitchell Lasky and Cecilia Barajas. Additional projects will be added on an ongoing basis, so be sure to check back throughout the coming months.

  • THATCamp Harvard 2014

    THATCamp Harvard 2014

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    Join us for THATCamp Harvard 2014. THATCamp is an unconference for humanists and technologists to meet, present, and discuss ideas.… Read More

    THATCamp Harvard 2014

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    Join us for THATCamp Harvard 2014. THATCamp is an unconference for humanists and technologists to meet, present, and discuss ideas. The event will be on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For more information, please visit the Harvard THATCamp website.

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  • Film project by the students of Modern Greek A (Fall 2013)

    DARTH Limelight: Vassiliki Rapti

    Film project by the students of Modern Greek A (Fall 2013)

    Film project by the students of Modern Greek A (Fall 2013)


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    DARTH Limelight: Vassiliki Rapti

    Film project by the students of Modern Greek A (Fall 2013)

    Film project by the students of Modern Greek A (Fall 2013)


    Dr. Vassiliki Rapti
    , Preceptor in Modern Greek, pushes the boundaries of digital media instruction in her classroom by engaging her students in new ways and challenging traditional language teaching methods. DARTH Crimson spotlights her work as an example of the successful integration of technology into course design. Dr. Rapti’s approach allows for greater creativity in the classroom, and this experimentation has resulted in a direct positive response in student enthusiasm and performance.

    In one assignment, Rapti instructs her students to set up Facebook profiles for the class. They use the Greek language user interface setting and correspond entirely in Greek. The student responses she has collected have emphasized their enthusiasm for utilizing the language in an immersive, everyday manner, giving them routine practice in a practical space. Some students have chosen to keep their accounts set to the Greek interface indefinitely to hone their skills further.There are also more artistic assignments that provide the opportunity to use technology for self-expression. This approach has earned her recognition, including an Elson Family Award for the integration of the arts into the curriculum. “I realized that allowing the students to be creative is a great motivation for them to improve their language skills,” Rapti said, going on to describe the most ambitious project she tackles with her language students: film inspired by the chorus in Greek tragedy.

    All of Rapti’s Modern Greek classes produce a film as a final project. Students participate from every step along the way through research, scripting, acting, filming, and post-production. There is a job for everyone, and English subtitles make the all-Greek performances easily accessible to all audiences. She devised this project while seeking “a more creative and lasting way to teach Modern Greek, and one which could be assessed beyond the final exam.” Although students were receptive to replacing a final exam with an ongoing project, Rapti knew it would be a challenge. “I wondered how I could assess my students in all four language skills (writing, reading, listening, speaking) both in their individual and collective contribution. I was looking, in particular, for a collective experience that would naturally engage each student separately and encourage all students to give their best.”

    Rapti found help in the Media Production Center, who continually offer their expertise in film production at Harvard, as well as the Language Resource Center in Lamont Library. Rapti stresses the importance of finding resources within the community to support ambitious ideas such as the film project and also recognizes her other collaborators: Rhea Karabelas-Lesage, Head Bibliographer of the Modern Greek Special Collection; the Woodberry Poetry Room, which has rare materials in Modern Greek; the Sackler Museum; the Arts @29 Garden; the Greek Film Society at Harvard; the Harvard College Hellenic Society; and the Greek Institute. (We maintain a listing of resources here at Harvard on the DARTH Crimson website.)

    It does not stop at film either. Students have produced other creative projects as well. One student painted a plate in imitation of an Ancient Greek relic, incorporating a well-researched Greek text. Another developed a playable board game around the Odyssey. Others have designed video projects and slideshows that blend Greek poetry with self-made imagery.

    Digital media technologies are more accessible than ever before, and Rapti has shown them to be effective tools for cultivating creativity and self-expression in pedagogy. Her courses engage and enthuse, raising the bar where traditional methods fall flat, because when given the opportunity students will surprise you with their ingenuity.

     

    "Omeropolis" by Yannis Koulias, Advanced Modern Greek 100

    “Omeropolis” by Yannis Koulias, Advanced Modern Greek 100

  • PlayShop 2014

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    When: Tuesday, May 20th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Where: Plimpton Room, Barker 133

    With the right technology at your fingertips, how might you transform your research and teaching?… Read More

    PlayShop 2014

    PlayShop

    When: Tuesday, May 20th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Where: Plimpton Room, Barker 133

    With the right technology at your fingertips, how might you transform your research and teaching? Do you have a new project in mind that might benefit from a technology consultation? The Dean of Arts and Humanities, Arts and Humanities Research Computing (DARTH), and the Academic Technology Group (ATG) invite you to a PlayShop and lunch on May 20th, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, the Plimpton Room, Barker 133. Ideas don’t need to be polished, and you need no previous technology experience. Just bring your thoughts and a willingness to explore. Sign up and send us a brief statement of your tentative concept or idea. Academic and research technology staff will use your ideas and questions to set the agenda for hands-on activities and exploration during the PlayShop. We will provide advice and feedback to help you make a game plan both for the use or development of digital techniques in your research and teaching as well as suggestions for proposals to the new Lasky-Barajas Fund for Digital Innovation. We encourage fresh initiatives from faculty who are curious about digital techniques but have hesitated to get involved in the past.

    To register for the PlayShop please fill out the form below by 5 pm, Friday, 5/16.

    Tentative Schedule:

    10:00-12:00, guided discussion based on submitted faculty questions and ideas

    12:00-1:00, lunch with Diana Sorensen, Dean of the Arts and Humanities, as well as ATG and DARTH staff members. Signup for summer support and consulting sessions.

    1:00-3:00, optional hands-on demonstrations and training in areas of faculty interest Register

     

    Registration is closed.

  • Intellectual Property Resources

    On April 1st, 2014, DARTH Crimson hosted a discussion panel called Copyright and Copyleft on intellectual property issues in the digital age.

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    Intellectual Property Resources

    On April 1st, 2014, DARTH Crimson hosted a discussion panel called Copyright and Copyleft on intellectual property issues in the digital age. As part of the event, we compiled the following list of resources for anyone who wishes to learn more or troubleshoot their own questions and concerns.

    DARTH Resources

    Harvard Resources

  • The Ethics of the Algorithm

    The department of German Languages and Literatures is pleased to present a talk by Professor Todd Presner (UCLA):

    The Ethics of the Algorithm:
    Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah
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    Visual History Archive

    May 1st, 2014, 2:00 pm
    Barker Center 133… Read More

    The Ethics of the Algorithm

    The department of German Languages and Literatures is pleased to present a talk by Professor Todd Presner (UCLA):

    The Ethics of the Algorithm:
    Close and Distant Listening to the Shoah
    Foundation’s 
    Visual History Archive

    May 1st, 2014, 2:00 pm
    Barker Center 133

  • Thinking with Your Eyes: Visualizing the Arts, Humanities, & Sciences

    Thinking with Your Eyes: Visualizing the Arts, Humanities, & Sciences

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    Thinking with Your Eyes explores the uses of visualization across disciplines and research methods.

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    Thinking with Your Eyes: Visualizing the Arts, Humanities, & Sciences

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    Thinking with Your Eyes explores the uses of visualization across disciplines and research methods. During this two-day symposium, experts will share tools, techniques and perspectives about what it means to interpret, learn and teach visually. The program includes lightning-round sessions, keynote presentations, roundtable discussions, and hands-on workshops.

    Events will kick off with keynote speakers Martin Wattenberg andFernanda Viegas, of Google’s “Big Picture” Research Group. Additional presenters come from such diverse fields as music, economics, astronomy, archaeology, and literature.

    Whether you are a seasoned veteran or just starting to explore, this will be an opportunity to share, learn, and connect with others.

    Digital Futures presents Thinking with Your Eyes, a visualization symposium here at Harvard’s Radcliffe Gym, to be held February 27-28. Register on the DF website today.

  • Know Thyself Online: Digital Persona Workshop

    Join us for a workshop on establishing and maintaining an online identity.… Read More

    Know Thyself Online: Digital Persona Workshop

    Join us for a workshop on establishing and maintaining an online identity. Sign up here.

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  • Digital Futures: The NOW Edition

    Digital Futures: The NOW Edition

    Digital Futures: The NOW Edition
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:00 pm
    Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium

    Visit the Digital Futures website for more information and to RSVP!… Read More

    Digital Futures: The NOW Edition

    Digital Futures: The NOW Edition
    Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:00 pm
    Graduate School of Design, Piper Auditorium

    Visit the Digital Futures website for more information and to RSVP!

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