Emory Woodruff Library’s DiSC and Beck Center team up.
Today we mark the birthday of the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, by announcing an exciting new initiative among two distinct facets of Emory Woodruff Library. The Digital Scholarship Commons and Beck Center are teaming up to bring attention the amazing digital resources the university has to offer. Both units are charged with handling a critical piece of Emory’s digital projects but this is the first time that these separate entities have been united in cause.
The Beck Center curates digital library collections and works to create electronic text resources of historic and fragile documents. It has digitized 57 full text sermons given on the occasion of Lincoln’s assassination which live in the collection, The Martyred President: Sermons Given on the Occasion of the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. The collection is just one of many that the Beck Center has created. In thinking about ways to best highlight the collection and the generative possibilities of digital humanist inquiry, the graduate fellows of DiSC, Sarita Alami, Moya Bailey, and Katie Rawson, along with Sara Palmer in the Beck Center, are working to create visualizations of the themes represented in the sermons. Using digital tools like Voyant, Viewshare, and MALLET, the DiSC/Beck Collaborators hope to pique interest in the collection by highlighting possible sites of further inquiry for interested scholars and the public.
We will unveil our work Friday, February 22, in anticipation of the Academy Awards on Sunday, where the film Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, is up for twelve awards. Impress your friends at your Oscar party with your knowledge of rhetorical strategies employed by preachers in the wake of President Lincoln’s untimely demise.