Monday July 16, 2018
Wishcamper, Room 102


8.15–9.00 Breakfast/meet and greet  
9.00-9.15 Introductions

Hacking USM

John Muthyala, Department of English, USM
9.15 – 9.45 Academic Visioning @ USM

Bridging the Divides: Arts/Humanities and the challenges of career preparation, community engaged learning, and liberal education

Provost Jeannine Diddle Uzzi
University of Southern Maine
Dean Adam Tuchinsky
College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
9.45 -10.00 CTEL: Online learning and literacy Paul Cochrane, Director

Center for Technology Enhanced Learning

10.00 – 10.15 Libraries: Digital Strategies/Digital Commons David Nutty, USM University Librarian
10.15– 10.30 MEIF: Higher Education and Economic Prosperity (innovation in the liberal arts)


Maggie Vishneau, CAHS MEIF Liaison
10.30 -10.45 USM: Community and corporate partner engagement (focus on Information Technology innovation) Ainsley Wallace, President, USM Foundation


10.45 – 11.00 Coffee break  
11.00 – 12.00  Open discussion  
12.00 – 1.00  Lunch  


1.00– 2.00 Digital Humanities: Histories, Orientations, Possibilities John Muthyala, Department of English, USM

2.00 – 3.00


Digital Rhetoric and Multimodality
Jessica Ouellette, Department of English, USM
3.00- 3.30 Digital Humanities in the Classroom

Preparing for Digital Hackathon—Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Misty Krueger, Department of English, UMaine-Farmington
Tuesday July 16, 2018
Wishcamper, Room 102
8.30 to 9.00 Coffee/breakfast  
9.00 – 9.15 Digital tool–selection, course integration Misty Kreuger, Department of English, UM-Farmington
9.15 – 9.30 Digital tool–selection, course integration Jessica Ouellette, Department of English, USM
9.30 – 10.00 Digital tool–selection, course integration Lisa Hibl, Department of English, USM
10.00.-10.15 Digital tool–selection, course integration Eve Raimon, Department of English, USM
10.15 – 10.30 Digital tool–selection, course integration Judson Merrill, Department of English, USM
10.30 – 10.45 Coffee Break  
10.45-11.00 Digital tool–selection, course integration Gerry Peters, Department of English, USM
11.00-11.15 Digital tool–selection, course integration Steve Grandchamp, Department of English, UM-Farmington
11.15-11.30 Digital tool–selection, course integration Francesca Vassallo, Department of Political Science, USM
11.30.-11.45 Digital tool–selection, course integration Judson Merrill, Department of English, USM
11.45 – 12.00 Digital tool–selection, course integration Jennifer Keplinger, CTEL
12.00 – 1.00  



1.00 – 1.15 Digital tool–selection, course integration Dave Pierson, Department of Media Studies, USM
1.15 – 1.30 Digital tool–selection, course integration Kristen Case, Department of English, UM-Farmington
1.30 – 1.45 Digital tool–selection, course integration Suzanne Nadeau, Department of English, USM
1.45 – 2.00 Digital tool–selection, course integration Jan Piribeck, Department of Art, USM
2.00 – 2.15 Digital tool–selection, course integration


John Muthyala, Department of English, USM
2.15 – 2.30 Break  
2.30 – 3.30 Open Discussion /Adapting tools/

Preparing for Wednesday/Thursday

Wednesday  July 18, 2018
Luther Bonney 202


  Digital Hackathon  
Computer Lab, Luther Bonney 202
Institute members work (on campus or off campus on their own) individually or in groups to learn digital tools and develop course assignments and assessment criteria.



Thursday  July 19, 2018
Luther Bonney, Room 202


  Digital Hackathon  
Computer Lab, Luther Bonney 202
Institute members work (on campus or off campus their own) individually or in groups to learn digital tools and develop course assignments and assessment criteria  
Friday July 20, 2018
Wishcamper, Room 102


8.30 to 9.00 Coffee/breakfast  
9.00 – 10.30 Each Institute member shares course assignment and assessment sheet.


10.30 – 10.45 Break  
10.45 – 12.00 9.30 – 10.00 Each Institute member shares course assignment and assessment sheet.


12.00 – 1.00 Lunch  
1.00 –1.30 Digital Humanities/Community Engagement

Envisioning Change: Sea Level Rise in Casco Bay

Jan Piribeck, Department of Art, USM
1.30 to 2.00 New Public Commons/Digital Humanities Kristen Case, Department of English, UM-Farmington

Steve Grandchamp, Department of English, UM-Farmington

2.00 – 2.30 Open Discussion
2.30 – 4.00
Plan for fall/spring
Summer 2019/2020
December final session/class clusters
Showcase top 1 or 2 student projects.
4.00 — Off campus informal get-together  

DH @ USM-Portland

USM Digital Humanities (USMDH) is an interdisciplinary initiative that extends the range and scope of scholarship, research, and creative activity at USM through innovative uses of digital technologies, extramural partnerships, and community engagement.

USMDH aims to realize USM’s metropolitan mission by linking humanities research and creativity with the work of technology companies, non-profit organizations, and small and big businesses. It seeks to provide opportunities for students and faculty to integrate academic study with work experiences, while developing mutually beneficial extramural partnerships.

Over the last few years, USM DH students, staff, and faculty invited nationally renowned digital humanities practitioners:

Professor Matthew Jockers

Jockers image 2In spring 2014, Professor Matthew Jockers, University of Nebraska, visited us as a USM Libra Professor, a prestigious recognition confirmed by the University of Maine System that acknowledges excellence of scholarship. The Libra Professorship was established in 1989 by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, in partnership with philanthropist Elizabeth Noyce and the Libra Foundation. The professorship enables the university to invite nationally and internationally recognized scholars who engage with faculty and students and exemplify excellence in their respective discipline. Professor Jockers gave a public lecture,  visited a class, and met for a special session with students, staff, and faculty.

Titled “50,000 Books But Only Six Stories: A Macroanalysis of Plot,” Jockers’ lecture focused on  on “macroanalysis,” the unique, cutting-edge methodology he developed to examine literary texts and data with digital technology for patterns and trends not readily apparent through conventional analysis. During his visit, we introduced him to the Portland NBC News affiliate, whose Channel 6 featured him and his work on WCSH/207 featuring the Digital Humanities and Matthew Jockers.

Courtesy of WCSH6/207, Portland, Maine

Professors Cheryl Ball and Anita Charles

Cheryl BallIn fall 2017, Professor Cheryl Ball, University of West Virginia, visited USM. Professor Ball’s talk “Writing is Designing for Our Future” discussed the current research and pedagogical approaches of digital media composition in writing-intensive classrooms in higher education and addressed questions about why we are bothering in the first place.Digital communication is mainstream, with everyone–from babies to great-great-grandparents–consuming and producing digital media content for family, friends, businesses, organizations, and even schools.  Understanding why digital media is taught in writing classes in higher education is important for student-scholars as well as teachers, administrators, and the public.

Prof. CharlesOn September 29, Professors Ball and Anita Charles presented on “Multiliteracies and New Media Writing” with a focus on multiliteracies in elementary and secondary education, college composition, English curricula; role of digital technologies in reading and writing; incorporating new media in course assignments; and, humanities majors, careers, and the changing marketplace.

(Photos: Students interacting with Professor Ball. Professor Anita Charles emphasizing a point; to her right is Professor Cheryl Ball. Professors Jessica Ouellette, Anita Charles, Cheryl Ball, and John Muthyala)

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Whither the Digital Humanities?

Two Lights, ME

“The Digital Humanities (DH) can be viewed in two ways: as emerging and as emergent.

  • Emerging: Over the last two decades, as it grew from humanities computing into digital humanities, it spawned a range of analytics, journals, conferences, institutes, books, anthologies, courses, programs, and projects that carry its imprimatur with a degree of confidence signifying growth.
  • Emergent: Responding to new and rapid changes in technology; generating flexible, for-the-moment modes to appropriate the digital to study technological complexity in humanistic contexts; infusing new practices, forms, and tools of communication, learning, entertainment, and pleasure into social lives; negotiating the global flow of economic power and culture through digital systems and networks.

The tension between them is a central force animating DH today.”

Excerpted from John Muthyala’s “Whither the Digital Humanities?”

From Hybrid Pedagogy,Whither the Digital Humanities?” Image:  “Waiting,” Two Lights Park, Maine. John Muthyala, (Creative Commons, CC BY-NC 2.0)


USM DH in the news

Professor Jan Piribeck’s digital humanities work on climate change is showcased in Portland Monthly (Stir It Up: Social activism thrives in Maine’s fine art world).

The Forecaster features History Professor Eileen Eagan’s mobile application (Department of History) Portland Women’s History Gets Its Own App.

The Portland Press Herald profiles Professor Lisa Walker’s (Department of English) digital humanities project, Digiziting Maine Chance Farm.

Economics Professor Michael’s Hillard’s project Stories of Maine’s Paper Plantation  highlighted in The Story of the Strike at Fraser Paper (Maine Public) (audio)

 The Free Press writes on English Professor John Muthyala’s public lecture . “USM Professor gives talk on drones.”




Designed to nourish what Tad Suiter (“Why “Hacking?”” from Hacking the Academy) calls the hacking ethos–“learning about and improving highly complex systems”–this Institute values honest, playful inquiry, rigorous thinking within and beyond disciplinary boundaries, open-ended collaboration, problem-solving, and reflective analysis while creating and building.  Some sessions include 30-minute informal presentations, followed by 30-minute discussion/reflection periods.

 July 16 (Monday) and July 17 (Tuesday) day-long sessions at Wishcamper 102.

July 18 (Wednesday) and July 19 (Thursday) are open-ended, as participants work on their own or meet as a group to assess digital tool, select a few, develop course assignments and rubrics. The Computer Lab in Luther Bonney 202 is reserved for these days.

On July 20 (Friday), participants convene in Wishcamper 102 to share assignments and rubrics, and end with a final session on how the Digital Humanities can contribute towards broadening the power, appeal, and role of the arts and humanities in public culture.

Primary texts

Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt’s Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities
Cheryl Ball, Jennifer Sheppard, and Kristen Arola’s Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (2nd edition)
Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross’ Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Educators, and Students

Session Presentations

John Muthyala: “Digital Humanities: Histories, Orientations, Possibilities.”

Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, “Preface.”
Tad Suiter, “Why “Hacking””? (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Matthew Gold and Lauren Klein, Day of DH: Defining the Digital Humanities,” Part I: “Defining the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012)
Meredith Hindley, “Rise of the Machines: NEH and the Digital Humanities: The Early Years.
Matthew Kirshenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
Lev Manovich, “What is New Media” from The Language of New Media
Adeline Koh, “A Letter to the Humanities: DH Will Not Save You”

Jessica Ouellette, “Digital Rhetoric and Multimodality”

Mark Sample and Kelly Schrum, “What’s Wrong with Writing Essays: A Conversation”
Larry Cebula, “How to Read a Book in One Hour” (both from Hacking the Academy)
Ryan P. Shepherd, “Digital Writing, Multimodality, and Writing Transfer: Crafting Connections Between Composition and Online Composing” (Computers and Composition, Vol. 28 (2018).
Dawn S. Opel and Jacqueline Rhodes, “Beyond Student as User: Rhetoric, Multimodality, and User-Centered Design,” (Computers and Composition, Vol. 28 (2018).
Anne Francis Wysocki, “The Multiple Media of Texts: How Onsreen and Paper Texts Incorporate Words, Images, and Other Media,” (What Writing Does and How It Does It)

Misty Krueger, “Digital Hackathon”

Michael Wesh, “From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able”
Jeff McClurkin e al, “Digital Literacy and the Undergraduate Curriculum”
(both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross, “Designing Classroom Activities,” (Chapter 5) and “Creating Digital Assignments,” (Chapter 7), Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Educators, and Students

Jan Piribeck, “Digital Art and Community Engagement”

Stephen Ramsay and Adam Turner, “Interdisciplinary Centers and Spaces”
Tim Carmody, “The Trouble with Digital Culture” (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Maine Arts Commission, “Community Character: How arts and cultural strategies create, reinforce, and enhance sense of place

Kristen Case and Stephen Grandchamp, “Digital Humanities and the New Public  

John Unsworth, “The Crisis of Audience and the Open-Access Solution”
Daniel J. Cohen, Stephen Ramsay, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “Open Access and Scholarly Values” (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Advocating for the Humanities,
New Commons Project

Digital Hackathon

Institutions / Organizations 

Digital Tools/Software

Digital Toychest/Tools curated by Professor Alan Liu, University of California @ Santa Barbara.
George Mason University, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media
University of North Carolina Digital Innovation Lab
Northwestern University Libraries Digital Humanities Tools
University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA Library Digital Humanities
New York University Libraries Digital Humanities/Tools and Software
Princeton University Center for the Digital Humanities


Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp, Digital_Humanities (A Short Guide to the Digital Humanities)
Matthew K. Gold, Debates in the Digital Humanities
Hybrid Pedagogy