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Python!

Python!

One of my tasks for this winter break is to learn Python, the programming language.  I arrived at this decision by breaking down into steps the skills I believe I need for a new project.  My larger goal is to query Chronicling America, the Library of Congress historical newspaper database, to create my own map of the publication of articles on a particular topic. My first stop was The Programming Historian, where I followed suggestions to the modules for learning python. I soon discovered…

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The Adventurer’s Library

The Adventurer’s Library

COURSE SPOTLIGHT: The Adventurer􏰀s Library by Dr. Kerry Wynn I first heard of James R. Mead—explorer, trader, statesman, and founder of Wichita—one day last spring, when Tom Prasch raced into my office and offered me the opportunity to teach a class unlike any we had offered before. Through the efforts of Tom Averill, Writer in Residence and Professor of English, and Alan Bearman, Dean of Libraries and Professor of History, Mabee Library had acquired Mead’s family library, a collection of…

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History Class

History Class

In 2015, Kelly Erby and I embarked upon a project to revamp the U.S. history survey.  At the core of this project was the effort to integrate active learning and highlight critical thinking.  We blogged about some of our efforts here.

Sound and Video: Dreaming of Future Work in Digital History

Sound and Video: Dreaming of Future Work in Digital History

“Sound day” at Doing Digital History 2016 made me realize that as a historian, I privilege words over sound. Let me explain this with an example from the classroom. In the U.S. History survey course, I find it important for students to engage with historical speeches. In the past few years, I have moved toward showing video or audio clips of these speeches while students follow along with a transcript. These clips are fairly easy to find for the twentieth century,…

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Personal Sustainability

Personal Sustainability

I am a serial adopter and abandoner of technology.  I confess.  Blogger, Zotero, Twitter–I have tried them all, employed them with great enthusiasm, and then lost interest.  I hadn’t really realized this before today.  Now, I find myself here, at Doing Digital History 2016, regretting the data I lost and finally ready to commit.  To make a plan. Today I learned about several tools that will potentially change my relationship to technology as I know it (Tweetdeck and Reclaim Hosting answered questions…

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