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Practice Reflection #1: Meditation Apps

As someone who fell out of meditative practice, the idea of jumping back into it for class felt intimidating. What I enjoyed about the practice – the communal aspect, the physical grounding in a space, the long, reflective state – would all be gone in working alongside the apps we were tasked with for class. Continue reading Practice Reflection #1: Meditation Apps

Critical Annotation of Boellstorff

Boellstorff, Tom. Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015: 114.   Dealing with presence and immersion through communication stuck out to me as one of the key debates in Boellstorff that hadn’t occurred to me. In other conversations around VR/AR, immersion has so often been Continue reading Critical Annotation of Boellstorff

#BearToursByEmily: Rating the Public Art of Brown University’s Mascot

On Medium: When I walk between the Nightingale-Brown House and the Rockefeller Library, I walk right by the Maddock Alumni Center. Every time I passed, a statue caught my eye. It doesn’t stand out enough from its surroundings to bring alarm, and it isn’t quite visible from the streets. But you can tell something is Continue reading #BearToursByEmily: Rating the Public Art of Brown University’s Mascot

Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans: 4 Lessons from TAing Online

For HASTAC: In spring 2017, I served as a teaching assistant for “Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans,” Brown’s first ever online-only general education course in the humanities. In this gamified course, students follow a humanoid’s curiosity about what it means to be human through the use of literary analysis. In addition to weekly readings, students completed cafes Continue reading Fantastic Places, Unhuman Humans: 4 Lessons from TAing Online

Revisualizing the Crystal Palace: Cataloging History, Part 4

Co-written with Steven Lubar on Medium: “Cataloging History” is a four-part series on the history and theory of museum and exhibition catalogs, focusing on the 1853 New York Crystal Palace. This final installment applies the tools of the digital humanities to explore the Crystal Palace catalogs as digital object. What can we do when we turn Continue reading Revisualizing the Crystal Palace: Cataloging History, Part 4

Readings From Fall ’17 Semester

More for me than for you: some favorite readings this semester across the three classes I took. Links when possible. INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL RACE THEORY Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford law review, 1241-1299. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1229039. – Why you can’t just throw around the term intersectionality, but also exploring what that Continue reading Readings From Fall ’17 Semester

Twitter Chat: Public Humanities and Public Scholarship

From HASTAC: Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm   1 pm Pacific/ 2 pm Mountain / 3pm Central / 4pm Eastern #HASTACpublic A @HASTACScholars chat moderated by @sheishistoric, @elbertscube, @FAlbrezzi, @bigdataJJ, @MichaelsLore, @kefaya1977 What does being a public scholar mean to you? In this chat, we hope to engage in discussion with students, Continue reading Twitter Chat: Public Humanities and Public Scholarship

The Degrassi Franchise on the Teenage Experience

From The Artifice: The classic Canadian teen drama franchise has been on and off the air for the past thirty-seven years. One of the longest running scripted television series in history, Known for its slogan, “It Goes There,” the Degrassifranchise has tackled major topics in teenage culture, taboo (date rape, drug abuse, abortion) and overdone Continue reading The Degrassi Franchise on the Teenage Experience

What I Learned During My Summer Practicum: On Escape, Reevaluation, and Being a Public Human

To finish off my summer practicum, I had to put together a presentation of five things I learned. As I was doing this, I realized that the most important things I learned were the things that I already knew. And more importantly, I realized that I am a public human. Let me back up: Grad Continue reading What I Learned During My Summer Practicum: On Escape, Reevaluation, and Being a Public Human