Dig Lib Arts and the Integrated Arts and Humanities Program

This August, project leaders from DLA took part in a new “Integrated Arts and Humanities” Collaboration with Connecticut College (ConColl). The partnership, a Mellon-funded initiative, includes exploring the ways that both institutions can create new programs, curricula, and collaborations that strengthen the core mission of the humanities. DLA will support several of these new initiatives as they …

Dig Lib Arts Projects featured at Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association

Two Dig Lib Arts projects “California’s Golden State Brew” and the “Open Gärden” App  were recently featured at the 111th Annual Pacific Coast Branch-American Historical Association Conference in Santa Clara, CA! Check out the program: https://www.pcb-aha.org/annual-meetings/111th-annual-meeting-2018 The panel focused on “Applied Histories and Digital Humanities” DigLibArts Project Lead, Natale Zappia, served as Chair and Commentator for …

California’s Golden State Brew: A New “Learning Community” Project Supported by DigLibArts

Dig Lib Arts has launched a new Leaning Community Project, “California’s Golden State Brew: Sustainable Coffee-Avocado Production in Southern California.” Led by faculty from the departments of Environmental Science, Theater and Communication Arts, and History, this multi-media interdisciplinary project aims to weave complex multi-layered narratives—agricultural, ecological, cultural, and historical—that have collided in what may be the …

It’s Been a Minute: A Whirlwind Year of Major Life Changes

Welp, it’s been over a year since I last posted to this site. The world is a trash fire and everything is awful, but I’m doing fairly well, considering. It’s not like I’m worried about national and international crises, or that my family and I could be denaturalized or anything. Right? Right?! Anyway… The last ...

Neurodiversity and Neurotechnology Learning Community

Whittier College’s newest Learning Community, Neurodiversity and Neurotechnology (NNLC), has formed with faculty from the departments of Psychological Sciences, Child Development, and Kinesiology. The NNLC’s goal is to research technology that supports academic success among neurodiverse learners and to aid the reduction of stigmas associated with neurological differences. Learners with neurological obstacles such as dyslexia, …

“Crash Course” in Media Literacy on Youtube!

The wonderful Youtube channel “Crash Course” has a new 10 minute crash course on “Media Literacy.” Watch episode one now!  

Tutorial: Podcasting with Soundcloud

In the world of digital storytelling, the medium of podcasts has pulled to the front of the pack to become one of the more popular medias of today. As an accessible form of creative production, the realm of podcasts has made room for niche media and fandom, ranging from true crime comedy to the audio …

You Might Be A Badass Mom If…

Your middle school daughter comes home to tell you that she’s had a talk with her male gym teacher to call out his sexism…”can you believe he said that girls can’t play flag football?!”


You announce that you’re going away on a business trip for a few days and your kids don’t freak out. What I’ve found is that they feel secure knowing mama has a set support system that includes dad, grandma, and close relatives who will help out.


Your kids share your love of old school hip hop: when discussing music with their friends they’re like “Kendrick is cool and all but have you heard Tupac?!”


When your friends come over your kids greet them with “can I get you anything; water, beer, wine, a cocktail?”  Look, I’m pouring the booze but they’re learning how to properly entertain company.


When your kids critique your cooking by suggesting your dish could use a little more unagi sauce the next you make it. They can sometimes be picky but they appreciate international cuisine.


When your kid learns to grind coffee beans first thing in the morning and starts the pot of morning java.  Hey, badass moms need their pep!


When you take your tween daughter shopping to H&M and you walk out with some bright and loud outfits for you, although they were likely designed for someone at least 20 years younger– you rock them anyway!


When you take your daughter to Supercuts and when they ask how much to cut she answers “can you put in some highlights like my mom over there?”


Your kids are appalled that you’re going out with your friends on a school/work night and you’re like:


Your kids accuse you of being the mom from “Ladybird” and you’re like, what of it?


While you watch the nightly news together and unsavory topics pop up you remind your kids that they can always ask you awkward questions because you will give them honest and truthful answers—not like the answers they’re likely to get on the playground. (although the “does Santa Claus exist” question from a few years ago kinda backfired)


You yell at your kids for: leaving their clothes EVERYWHERE, not picking up wet towels, spending their lunch money at the ice cream truck, fighting with each other every.single.morning, etc…but then you give the best mama hugs and it’s nothing but :



#AACU 2018 Slides

Here are the slides that Bill Kronholm, Associate Professor of Mathematics and “Master of Domains” (@frivolousaxiom), Ty Lopez, Whittier Scholars Senior, and I presented today at #aacu 2018.