Benjamin Weber

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First name: 
Benjamin
Last name: 
Weber
Brief Bio: 

I'm interested in the changing ways in which people engage with the past, participate in struggles over the meanings of history, and in the creative possibilities of Digital History. 

Full Bio: 

I am a PhD Candidaate in History at Harvard University, and Visiting Scholar in the Department of History at the University of New Orleans. Before entering the doctoral program I taught high school history in East Los Angeles and I maintain a website sharing pedagogical best practices, lesson plans, and activities with teachers across the country. In 2011, I was named the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year, becoming the youngest teacher ever to win this award.

In terms of my work related to the Digital Humanities, I am currently the Lead Researcher at Harvard's History Design Studio, and I just completed a series of multimedia lessons with WGBH and PBS Learning Media. I was recently featured in an iPad app on "Primary Sources of the Civil Rights Movement" created by the Center on Congress, and I consult on similar projects, like the Veterans History Project, Mentoring Edition. I've conducted workshops on digital methods for faculty at Harvard and UNO and presented at conferences such as Annual Meetings of the NCSS and the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Some of my other projects include creating storymaps on ArcGIS Online, developing a multimedia curriculum on Latino War Veterans, and creating a database of rank-and-file UNIA members in Jamaica for the Marcus Garvey and UNIA Papers Project. In my doctoral work, I use mapping and digitized databases to conduct frequency and correlation analysis, visualizing the grammar of political concepts, and examining how their uses and meanings change over time. I believe that, for better and worse, the future of public history, and of education more generally, is an increasingly digital one.

Recent Content

States of Incarceration Opening at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans

States of Incarceration Opening at the Ogden Museum in New Orleans

April 6 2017
Event
Join us for the opening reception of the States of Incarceration multimedia exhibit on Thursday April 6, 6-8pm at the Ogden Museum for Southern Art in New Orleans! States of Incarceration is a national dialogue of local histories created by over 500 people in 20 states and will be traveling the...
925 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70125
United States

Visual Eloquence DH Event at Harvard

November 2 2016
Event
Visual Eloquence: A Hands-on Workshop for Creating Effective Data Visualizations November 2, 2016 4:00pm – 6:30pm Lamont Library B-30 Collaborative Learning Space Join the Digital Futures Consortium for a participatory workshop to gain practical experience visualizing data and understanding the...
Lamont Library Collaborative Learning Space
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Call for Digital History Reviews

Call for Digital History Reviews

September 1 2016
Call for Papers
HASTAC Digital History Review Series Nominations due Sept.1, 2016. Submissions due Nov.15, 2016. It has now been a year since the American Historical Association published their “Guidelines for the Professional Evaluation of Digital Scholarship by Historians” (June, 2015), and fifteen years since...
United States
CFP: The Caribbean Digital III

CFP: The Caribbean Digital III

July 15 2016
Call for Papers
The Caribbean Digital III a Small Axe Project event 2 December 2016 Barnard College / Columbia University New York, NY Deadline for proposals: 15 July 2016 The transformation of the academy by the digital revolution presents challenges to customary ways of learning, teaching, conducting research,...
Barnard College / Columbia University
New York, NY 10027
United States
Opportunity to provide input on use and development of internet and web archives

Opportunity to provide input on use and development of internet and web archives

February 3 2016 to February 29 2016
Event
Hey everyone, Pamela Graham, who you may remember from our Digital History Group's Spring Spotlight Series on human rights archivists, is looking for input into how researchers use internet and web archives. The survey can be accessed here https://rutgers.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_eu4mY6CbGdDCCK9...
United States
Launch event for Digital Archive of MA Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions

Launch event for Digital Archive of MA Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions

February 27 2015
Event
The Digital Archive of Massachusetts Anti-Slavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions LAUNCH EVENT Friday, February 27 , 4:00–6:00 PM Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA This event will introduce a searchable online database of about 3,500 anti-slavery and anti-...
Tsai Auditorium, S010, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA
Cambridge, MA 20138
United States

Emory Post-Doc Fellow in Digital Humanities

Jobs and Fellowships
The Emory Center for Digital Scholarship (ECDS) invites applications for a post-doctoral fellowship in Digital Humanities Publishing beginning September 1, 2015. The position is available for one year with a possible renewal for a second year at the discretion of the ECDS. We welcome candidates who...
United Kingdom
CFP: Lost Museums Colloquium - Apps due Sept.15th

CFP: Lost Museums Colloquium - Apps due Sept.15th

In conjunction with the year-long exhibition project examining Brown University’s lost Jenks Museum, the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and the John Carter Brown Library invite paper proposals for a colloquium on lost...
Providence, RI 02906
United States
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