Word Embeddings of College and University Mission Statements: Preliminary Findings

by Susan (Su) Burtner and Giorgina Paiella
Published August 28, 2019

Introduction   The WE1S Identity and Inclusion team (of which we are a part) is focused on research outputs centered on how gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity factor into humanities discourse. Our core questions of interest include: How are different gender and ethnic groups positioned in relation to the humanities in public discourse? What kind […]

Mapping HSIs, HBCUs, Women’s Colleges, and Tribal Colleges

by Susan (Su) Burtner and Giorgina Paiella
Published August 28, 2019

Introduction   The WE1S Identity and Inclusion team (of which we are a part) is focused on research outputs centered on how gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity factor into humanities discourse. Our core questions of interest include: How are different gender and ethnic groups positioned in relation to the humanities in public discourse? What kind […]

A Digital Humanities Study of Reddit Student Discourse about the Humanities

by Raymond Steding
Published August 1, 2019

A STEM program is not superior to a Liberal Arts program and vice versa. There is a chance for success no matter the route any student takes — Reddit commenter VillageMed This blog post documents how to locate Reddit social media comments that exemplify students’ and graduates’ discourse about the humanities using the tools and […]

Reading in Santa Barbara, Future: Building the Utopian University

by Abigail Droge
Published July 5, 2019

To close out the term for “Reading in Santa Barbara,” we mobilized our insights into past and present reading communities in order to consider possible futures. The final assignment, called “The Utopian University,” asked students to consider the ideal ways that literature could build social relationships on campus and beyond. I share the assignment sheet […]

Reading in Santa Barbara, Present: Students Plan a Public Humanities Showcase

by Abigail Droge
Published July 5, 2019

The climactic moment of our syllabus this quarter in “Reading in Santa Barbara” was a student-run showcase, put on in partnership with the UCSB Reads program. The showcase was an opportunity for students to design and host their own public humanities event, inspired by our quarter-long theme of “reading communities,” the social connections fostered by […]

Reading in Santa Barbara, Past: Finding Archival Communities

by Abigail Droge
Published July 5, 2019

The backbone of “Reading in Santa Barbara” was a series of four archival sessions in UC Santa Barbara’s Special Research Collections. These sessions have allowed us to position our own experiences as readers at UCSB in conversation with the experiences of historical readers more broadly. Throughout, we were concerned with the “reading communities” – or […]

Reading in Santa Barbara: Syllabus Design

by Abigail Droge
Published April 8, 2019

Spring Quarter marks the start of “Reading in Santa Barbara: Past, Present, and Future,” the third and final UCSB class in the Curriculum Lab’s pedagogical blog series for 2018-19. Each of the classes this year has examined humanities advocacy from a different angle. “Reading with Scientists: How to Export Literature,” in Fall 2018, explored connections […]

How to Solve Problems with Books: Final Showcase

by Abigail Droge
Published March 29, 2019

To celebrate the last day of class, the students in “How to Solve Problems with Books” hosted a final showcase, open to guests. We met in the Digital Arts and Humanities Commons on UCSB’s campus, which gave us a bigger space to work with than our regular classroom. We arranged the tables in a horseshoe, […]

How to Solve Problems with Books: Voices of Industrialism

by Abigail Droge
Published March 22, 2019

As a retrospective on the Winter Quarter, I’d like to share a series of lesson plans from “How to Solve Problems with Books.” These activities and conversations moved us through our assignment sequence (Research Memo, Advice from the Victorians, and Creating a Five-Year Plan) and helped us to structure a dialogue between the nineteenth and […]

How to Solve Problems with Books: Archives and Advocacy

by Abigail Droge
Published February 12, 2019

This week marked a real treat for “How to Solve Problems with Books”: a chance to see Victorian print culture up close and personal in UC Santa Barbara’s Special Collections. Our goal was to reach a better understanding of how Victorian literature was originally produced and consumed. Of particular emphasis was the question of how […]