NYT: Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches

A recent piece by Patricia Cohen of the New York Times profiling some current digital history projects:


Digital Keys for Unlocking the Humanities’ Riches
Published: November 16, 2010
Digitally savvy scholars are exploring how technology can enhance understanding of the liberal arts.


This is part of a series:

Humanities 2.0
The Liberal Arts Meet the Data Revolution

This is the first in a series of articles about how digital tools are changing scholarship in history, literature and the arts.

See also the NYT ArtsBeat Blog for a piece on “Digitally Mapping the Republic of Letters.”


Robert Townsend Article in Perspectives

Robert B. Townsend, a presenter at the Sustaining Digital History meeting, has written an article titled, “How is New Media Reshaping the Work of Historians?” that is featured in the current (November 2010) issue of Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association. Dr. Townsend presented some of the slides and data found in this article at the October Sustaining Digital History meeting. This is the second of three articles reporting findings from a spring 2010 survey of research and teaching practices in the historical profession. The article is available online here. However, it is currently only available online to AHA members.


Two digital history interviews conducted in conjunction with the Sustaining Digital History meeting, with presenters Anne Sarah Rubin and Abby Smith Rumsey, are now available to view here. In the future, more interviews with other presenters and editors will appear. This blog will alert visitors when new interviews are available. These interviews, which concentrate on questions connected to issues of new-model scholarly communication and the overall sustaining digital history initiative, are located within the ongoing series of interviews at http://digitalhistory.unl.edu.

Meeting Schedule

Below is the meeting schedule. Please follow the meeting and other Sustaining Digital History initiative topics on Twitter, #SDHSUG.

Sustaining Digital History
Meeting Schedule, Friday 1 October 2010
Colonial Room, First Floor, City Campus Union
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

8:30 AM:  Objectives and Agenda
Doug Seefeldt
, Assistant Professor of History & Faculty Fellow, Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, UNL, Will Thomas, Chair, Department of History, Professor of History, John and Catherine Angle Chair in the Humanities, UNL

8:45 AM:  JSTOR’s Role in the Changing World of Scholarly Communication
Michael Spinella
, Executive Vice President, Global Content Alliances & JSTOR Managing Director

9:00 AM:  Discussion

9:15 AM:  AHA’s Perspective on the Changing World of Scholarly Communication
Robert Townsend
, Assistant Director, Research and Publications, American Historical Association

9:30 AM: Discussion

9:45 AM:  Insights from the Scholarly Communication Institute
Abby Smith Rumsey
, Director, Scholarly Communication Institute, University of Virginia

10:00 AM:  Discussion

10:15 AM:  Morning Break

10:30 AM:  Roundtable Discussion: How to Manage Digital Scholarship (Peer Reviewing, Editing, Publishing, Preserving…)
Journal Editors: Eliza Canty-Jones, Editor, Oregon Historical Quarterly; Tamara Gaskell, Historian & Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs, Historical Society of Pennsylvania & Editor, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography; Christopher Grasso, Professor of History, College of William & Mary & Editor, William & Mary Quarterly; David Rich Lewis, Professor of History, Utah State University & Editor, Western Historical Quarterly; John F. McClymer, Professor of History, Assumption College & Editor for Online Projects, The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era; Willis Regier, Director of the University of Illinois Press; Robert A. Schneider, Professor of History, Indiana University–Bloomington & Editor, American Historical Review; Carl Weinberg, Editor of the OAH Magazine of History

Noon:  Lunch Break

1:00 PM:  Authoring Digital Scholarship: Challenges and Opportunities
Anne Rubin
, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

1:15 PM:  Discussion

1:30 PM:  Roundtable Discussion: Digital History Authorship
Journal Editors and Participants

2:00 PM: Roundtable Discussion: Feasible Next Steps
Journal Editors and Participants

3:15 PM:  Break for Nebraska Digital Workshop public talks

UVa Scholarly Communication Institute Report

The Scholarly Communication Institute at the University of Virginia Library has recently published a new report titled, “Scholarly Communication Institute 8: Emerging Genres in Scholarly Communication.” One of Sustaining Digital History’s distinguished presenters, Abby Smith Rumsey, serves as Director of the Institute and crafted the fine report that in some ways parallels and speaks to similar issues of new-model scholarly communication on which our meeting and overall initiative will focus.  Click here for more information on the Scholarly Communication Institute and its report: http://www.uvasci.org/current-institute/sci-8-report/ .

Bios: Editors

This post contains professional biographical information on the history journal editors who will attend and participate in the collaborative efforts of the Sustaining Digital History meeting.

Eliza E. Canty-Jones is Editor of the Oregon Historical Quarterly. She earned a BA from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she was founding co-editor of SlackWater: Oral Folk History of Southern Maryland, and an MA in Pacific Northwest and Public History from Portland State University, where her thesis focused on World War II conscientious objectors and artists. She serves as President of the Oregon Women’s History Consortium, a new organization whose main project, Century of Action: Oregon Women Vote, 1912–2012, is leading the centennial commemoration of Oregon woman suffrage.

Tamara Gaskell is Historian and Director of Publications and Scholarly Programs at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP). As such, she edits the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania Legacies. In addition, she oversees HSP’s fellowship and other scholarly programs as well as HSP’s new online digital history projects. She has been at HSP since October 2002. Tamara graduated with a degree in American Studies from Amherst College and received a PhD in American History from Brandeis University, with concentrations in early American history, social history, and women’s history. Prior to coming to HSP, she was assistant editor of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Papers project, a documentary editing project based at Rutgers University. She has also worked as a reference librarian and as editor of the publications of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis.

Christopher Grasso is Professor of history at The College of William and Mary and is editor of the William & Mary Quarterly. Grasso earned a BA in journalism and an MA in English at Southern Connecticut State University, studied in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program at Wesleyan University, and received his PhD from Yale in 1992. He taught for seven years at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, becoming an associate professor in 1998. His book, A Speaking Aristocracy: Transforming Public Discourse in Eighteenth-Century Connecticut was published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and the University of North Carolina Press in 1999.  Grasso won the Ralph D. Gray Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic for his article “Skepticism and American Faith: Infidels and Converts in the Early Nineteenth Century,” published in Journal of the Early Republic (Fall 2002).  His specialization is early American religious and intellectual history.

David Rich Lewis (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1988) is Professor of history at Utah State University.  He has been part of the editorial faculty of  the Western Historical Quarterly since 1992, becoming that journal’s Editor in 2003.  He is author of Neither Wolf Nor Dog: American Indians, Environment, and Agrarian Change (Oxford University Press, 1994), numerous book chapters and articles on American Indian ethnohistory, the environment, and Utah history published in journals such as Ethnohistory, Agricultural History, Western Historical Quarterly, American Indian Quarterly, and Utah Historical Quarterly. He is also coeditor of Major Problems in the History of the American West (2d ed., Houghton Mifflin, 1997) and Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian (University of Nebraska Press, 2007).  Lewis’s current research explores Skull Valley Goshute and nuclear waste issues in Utah, and he is general editor of a forthcoming textbook on Utah history. Complete CV and contact information is available at: http://www.usu.edu/history/faculty/lewis/indexlewis.htm .

John McClymer is a professor of history at Assumption College in Worcester, MA as well as editor for online projects for the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era and co-editor of H-ETHNIC. He has published eight books, including the American Historical Association’s Guide to Teaching and Learning with New Media, and numerous articles. Two web sites he created or co-created have been selected by EDSITEment as outstanding humanities sites, and he has co-directed two Teaching American History grants for the Worcester Public Schools. The onlineJGAPE has just launched a forum, moderated by Kate Sempsell-Willmann, on using the child labor photographs of Lewis Hine in teaching and research, http://www.jgape.org/node/90.

Willis G. Regier has been the Director of the University of Illinois Press since November 1998.  He holds a Ph.D. in English and American Literature from the University of Nebraska.   He began his publishing career as the Reviews Editor for the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, and joined the University of Nebraska Press as its Humanities Editor in 1979.  He became Editor-in-Chief at that Press in 1983 and in 1987 was promoted to Director.  He moved to Baltimore in 1995 to become Director of the Johns Hopkins University Press.  In 1998 he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Comparative Literature, Harvard University.   Regier was twice elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of American University Presses and served as its President in 2000-2001.  He is author of Book of the Sphinx (2004; selected as a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2005), In Praise of Flattery (2007, with translations into Korean (2008), Italian (2009), and Turkish and Chinese forthcoming), and Quotology (2010).  His articles and reviews have appeared in American Academic, the Baltimore Sun, the Chronicle of Higher Education, French Forum, Genre, the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Language, Modern Language Notes, Paideuma, World Literature Today, and other journals.

Robert A. Schneider is Professor of History at Indiana University, Bloomington and also, since 2005, Editor of the American Historical Review. For the academic year 2010-11 he is Distinguished Visiting Professor of History at Bristol University (UK). In march he will also be Visiting Lecturer at the University of Toulouse-Mirail.  He has degrees from Yale, Wesleyan and the University of Michigan. He is the author and editor of several books and articles on early modern French History, including Public Life in Toulouse, 1463-1798 (Cornell, 1989) and The Ceremonial City (Princeton 1995).  He has been visiting fellow at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and All Souls College, Oxford; and visiting professor at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He has held fellowships from the Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the French Government (Bourse Chateaubriand).  He is currently completing a book manuscript on writers and intellectual in the age of Richelieu.

For the past two years, Carl R. Weinberg has served as editor of the quarterly OAH Magazine of History, published by the Organization of American Historians. He writes a column for each issue and has contributed a number of articles that are available online. See “Does Lincoln Still Matter?” from the January 2009 issue on the Lincoln Legacy:


Or “The Discomfort Zone: Reenacting Slavery at Conner Prairie” from the April 2009 issue on Antebellum Slavery:


He is currently working with consulting editor Matthew Pinsker on an upcoming issue of the Magazine on “Civil War at 150: Origins” that will include a digital history component in conjunction with the House Divided website at Dickinson University. Carl received a PhD in history from Yale University in 1995. He has taught U.S. history at the college level for twelve years, initially at North Georgia College and State University and most recently at DePauw University. He is author of Labor, Loyalty, and Rebellion: Southwestern Illinois Coal Miners and World War I (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005).