Talk: Attack of the Digital Map!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm

The next University of Iowa Public Digital Humanities For Lunch (PDH4L) event is coming up. Audrey Altman will speak on Thursday, November 15 at 12:30 in The University of Iowa’s Main Library in Room 3052.

Audrey’s talk is titled “Attack of the Digital Map! The Wonderful Monsters We Create When Humanities and Technology Collide.” Her work focuses on how historical analysis and digital mapping require different literacies, different methodologies, and different ways of thinking.  What happens when we apply both to a public digital humanities project?  How is each methodology transformed, and what is gained and lost through this transformation?

Audrey is currently wrestling with these questions in her work with Nuestra Iowa, a project involving the Iowa Women’s Archives, the History Department, and the School of Library and Information Science. In this project, undergraduates are creating a digital, map-based exhibit of archival documents related to Iowa Latino/a history.  Audrey will discuss some of the pedagogical promises, challenges, and surprises of this project.