ASA Hawaii

I saw a number of excellent panels in Hawaii, which made me feel re-energized to share what I’m learning in the field with my students, despite a somewhat grueling semester. Of particular note was a panel on risk, race and financial capitalism with Michael Dawson, Hannah Appel, Karen Ho, Emily Katzenstein and Meghan Wilson presenting. One of my students is working on feminist criticism and speculative fiction and has been reading and writing about Octavia Butler, so I was glad to make it, at ASA, to a presidential session centered on the work of activist the activist and writer adrienne maree brown and Octavia’s Brood — brown blogged about it here.   The panel made me think in new ways about the personal, the political, and prison abolition. I also ran into my friend Anne Cong-Huyen, a digital humanist at U Michigan, at a fascinating roundtable about “Data as Terror, Data […]

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Trip to Univ. of Sydney

#FutureFix lecture from @thisblueangel on how behavioural economic #storytelling narrows our horizons. @ArtSS_Sydney @Usyd_ssps @WhittierCollege @konings_martijn @LiuxinYB @janekat_ @Amin_Samman @rcecoleman @DrDanWoodman — Prof Lisa Adkins (@AdkinsProf) August 28, 2019 Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing! Day 2 of #FutureFix and

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More about me

Born in the backseat of a light blue Dodge Dart on the side of a highway in California’s Mojave Desert, I did little else of note for some years. While I always loved reading, especially Frank Herbert’s Dune and everything written by Charles Dickens, I nevertheless pursued a precarious but satisfying career as a ballet dancer in …

The Open Gaarden App is Live!

The Open Gaarden app is now available for downloading on your iPhone or android! Open Gaarden (Danish for “gärden”) brings together the past, present, and potential future of your city into one visual platform. All around us, gardens, farms, orchards, native plants–plant life in all its incredible abundance–shape our homes, our communities, our city, and …

Digital Coffee Orchard Planting Event!

Dig Lib Arts and the SUrF lab collaborated with Cal Poly Pomona, Murray Farms, and the entire campus community to plant the digital coffee orchard on 5/23.     Featuring 16 varietals of ultra premium coffee, the orchard will be a “microchip plot.” Each plant will be geo-tagged to monitor their growth. This information will …

Hi Tech Happy Hour on May Day

Locating Justice: An Introduction to Digital Mapping using Esri StoryMaps

DibLibArts welcomes Shannon Julius, GIS Analyst for the City of Whittier, to campus to offer an introductory workshop in GIS analysis and visualization. Students, Faculty, and Campus Community Members are invited. No prior experience with digital mapping is assumed. All you need is a laptop and your sense of curiosity. Come to this workshop to learn …

Digital Environmental History at Whittier

Digital Environmental History at Whittier!     Jan term at Whittier provides unique intensive teaching and learning opportunities. This January, students enrolled in Professor Zappia’s “North American Environmental History” course took part in several experiential activities, including visiting the Port of LA, working intensively in the SUrF,garden, Skyping with the nationally recognized organic farmer and “digital …

DigLibArts Sponsors annual High Tech Happy Hour

DigLibArts Sponsors annual High Tech Happy Hour! In December, faculty and staff enjoyed an evening at the top of the Science and Learning Center hosted by DigLibArts. The event featured ongoing projects by the DigLibArts “pllars.” These faculty are pursuing varied projects involving digital archiving, wellness, domain developing, digital storytelling and worldbuilding, and open source …

Building a Community Learning Laboratory Through Digital Initiatives

How can digital initiatives help to build a community of life-long learners? How can we build partnerships that create opportunities that lead to new methods of teaching, learning, and digital collaborations? It begins with creativity, trust, and some play! About 3 years ago, Stephanie Carmona, who leads the Community Education Program Initiative (CEPI) out of the Education Department at Whittier College and I met to think about how we might create learn-by-doing assignments for her computer skills class. Her classes are made up of adult learners which include parents who’s children attend local K-12 schools. Mostly informal and born out of our friendship and willingness to help the many Spanish-speaking parents that we had been interacting with, we started to lead some community-based workshops on building digital literacies. These workshops were guided by topics that our participants suggested: social media and the apps their children are using, how to manage the vast amounts of photos they are collecting on their mobile devices, and Internet safety. The workshops were successful because our adult learners were invited to help in the design process and of course it helped that they bonded quickly and became friends, some even comadres. We also had an undergraduate student intern that helped with the workshops. While trying something new at the computer, our adult learners would summon our intern by calling out, “teacher, teacher!” Although we didn’t necessarily plan for it, we soon found that we were building a community learning laboratory- where we all interchanged roles as teachers learners, and creatives. One workshop on managing photo storage turned into a traveling photo exhibition we call “Nuestro Arte”, still active after two years. (insert flyers) We also created a Story Map based on this Photovoice project. Read more