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Prologue

I am in my second year at the University of Delaware pursuing an MA in History and a Museum Studies certificate.  I work in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century America with an emphasis on gender and the social and cultural history of African Americans.  My scholarly interests include public history, material culture, food studies and, of course, digital humanities.

Right now I am involved in a project working on the nineteenth-century African-American state and national convention movement. This collaborative project uses digital technologies to bring the people, places and issues of that movement to life.  While its scholarly content is important, we hope it will be useful as a teaching tool as well.  Fellow HASTAC Scholar Jim Casey is also part of this effort. I am particularly interested in mapping social networks for this and other projects. 

More generally I am concerned about issues of access, broadly defined.  How can we help our professors, colleagues and students feel that digital humanities is not for some rarefied elite, the "younger generation," computer programmers, or any other particular group, but for them to explore, to learn, to use?  How can we help others overcome the challenges that divide them from the digital, whatever those obstacles might be?   

I have enjoyed my experiences with HASTAC so far, and I look forward to learning and collaborating with you throughout this year!

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