The Digital Archives Research Group at USM, of which I’m a Co-coordinator, will be hosting a series of events this year on Archives and Digital Humanities. We’ve been planning the events all summer, and I’m excited to share our new poster, beautifully designed by Danielle Sypher-Haley in the College of Arts and Letters. As mentioned before, the series of events and workshops are designed to introduce USM faculty and students to the possibilities of working with archival materials in Special Collections. See below for a brief description of events.
A Series on Archives and Digital Humanities
Archives and Digital Humanities 101
Wednesday, September 14 from 3:30 to 5:00 in LAB 203
This is the first in a yearlong series of events designed to introduce educators, students, and community members to the creative and collaborative possibilities of working with archives and special collections at Southern Miss. In this kick-off event, USM faculty and staff will speak about the current state of the digital humanities from a variety of different angles, sharing their experience and expertise on topics such as organizing digital collections, developing digital projects, curating special collections, and incorporating archives and digital assignments in the classroom.
Special Collections Open House
Wednesday October 12 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. McCain Library & Archives, Room 305
In celebration of National Archives Month, the A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to stop by and visit the Special Collections Open House organized by USM Special Collections. The Open House will feature a range of different artifacts from Special Collections and provide a wonderful opportunity for faculty and students to learn more about the collections available for further research, study, and use in the classroom.
Teaching with Archives: A Pedagogy Workshop
Friday, November 4 from 2:00 to 4:00 in LAB 203
This pedagogy workshop will focus on how to create, design, develop, and organize archival and digital-based projects in the classroom. Faculty and staff from a range of different disciplines will share assignments, projects, goals, and practical advice on how to facilitate and organize digital projects, engage students in archival research, and work with the library and Special Collections to create innovative assignments. Workshop participants will walk away with a handful of sample assignments, projects, and other ideas to expand their pedagogical toolkit.
Digital Archives and the Future of Research
Wednesday, February 15 from 3:30 to 5:00 in LAB 203
The A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to a roundtable discussion on digital archives and the future of research at Southern Miss. Faculty from the College of A&L will speak about the increasing role of digital humanities in their research, exploring how archives and digital collections challenge scholars to develop new methods, ask new questions, and experiment with new technologies.
Celebrating the Archives: Presentations and Reception
Friday, March 31 from 2:00 to 4:00 in Cook Library Art Gallery
The A&L Digital Archives Research Group invites you to our final reception in which students, faculty, and community members share their archival work in short presentations as we celebrate the Save our Stories projects selected as most impressive by the A&L Digital Archives Research Group.
Save our Stories: Preserving and Digitizing the Humanities at Southern Miss
An exciting part of this year’s series on Archives and Digital Humanities involves a university and community project involving the USM archives and special collections. Students, faculty, and community members will have the opportunity to locate, describe, and narrate an archival object from one of the USM collections, lending their hand in curating these objects for a public readership. This project is also a competition, where the strongest submissions will be curated and shared with public online, as well as celebrated during our final reception. More details coming soon!