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Irish Studies at Notre Dame

In News on October 27, 2011 at 2:30 am

Courtesy of, My earnest St. Paddy’s Day interview from a couple of years ago.

Digital Image Color Question

In Digital Humanities on October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

So I want to change a regular, full color jpg of a speaker into  a version of this image:

Any hints as to color adjustments or filters that might work?  I spent an afternoon attempting this with color adjustments in Pages and Photoshop before I decided to ask the interwebs.





Class Visit Notes: Irish Politics 1916-2011

In Digital Humanities on October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Below are some links from my visit to Rev. Sean McGraw, C.S.C.’s class “Irish Politics 1916-2011: From Colonialism to the Celtic Tiger and Beyond.”

Examples of Prezis:

Michael Collins Presentation: “Mick”

Irish Americans in Contemporary U.S. Film

Crime and Punishment in the Republic of Ireland

Examples of Dipity Timelines:
From my student on Irish Politics Today

Telling the history of the Kroc Institute through a timeline.

If you are interested in more advanced tools, IBM has a cool suite of visualization tools on a site called manyeyes.

Google also has helpful chart tools.

But, I also recommend starting simple with a wordpress blog

The 20% Project

In 20%, Digital Humanities on October 24, 2011 at 3:12 pm

After mentioning my teaching assignment to a number of people at Great Lakes THATCamp this weekend, I thought I would write a little bit about the 20% Project I assigned to students.

There are three requirements for this assignment: it must be connected to course material in some way, shape or form; it  must be awesome and it must be designed to be shared.  The project should carefully reflect that it is worth 20% of the grade. I ask students to include an annotated bibliography and a one page “story” of the process through which they conceived of, researched, and executed the project, using footnotes, if appropriate.

While I think designing for sharability helps with the development of important skills, whether a student shares their work or not is, of course completely up to them.  This blog contains a number of examples of the work of students who have given me permission to re-post their hard work.

Working with the Teach Brid Community

In Digital Humanities on October 24, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Here is a YouTube video one of my students made on his research and service Trip to the Teach Brid community over the break last spring.


You can read more about his experiences and see pictures on his blog.

Migration and Identity in the New Ireland Research Project

In Digital Humanities on October 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm

As an example of a digital humanities assignment, I have included the specifics of the student research project from my class blog:

Meetings: You will schedule two meetings with me to discuss your presentation. We will meet at least two weeks before your presentation date to discuss your topic and your initial research. The second meeting will take place before your presentation and we will discuss your research and how you plan to present it to the class. 25% of the assignment grade will be based on these meetings: students should be well-prepared with reading lists, questions, ideas and problems.

Research: I want you to be an expert in your topic by the time you present. Make sure you set aside a great deal of time for researching this presentation: I expect you to have worked with a significant bibliography. The quality and depth of your research will account for 25% of your grade.

Presentation: You will give a high quality 35-45 minute presentation that will account for 25% of your grade. I expect well-prepared, polished work that engages the class throughout and provokes engaging discussion afterwards.

Report: 25% of the grade will be based on an 6-8 page report in which you discuss how you arrived on your topic; detail your research rationale, methods, and materials; describe how you developed your presentation; and integrate the classroom conversation into a conclusion on both your topic, and the presentation.

unStudios Project on Street Musicians

In Digital Humanities on October 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Thanks to support from the Nanovic Institite for European Studies and the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, one of my students spent his spring break in Paris interviewing street musicians with two other Notre Dame artists.  They have submitted the resultant documentary film to a number of film festivals, but in the meantime, you can read about his travels on his blog:


Slideshare of My Sprint through 10,000 Years of Irish History

In Digital Humanities on October 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Here is my sprint through Irish History for the Literature University Seminar class I subbed in yesterday.