Carter Pann’s saxophone quartet composition titled The Mechanics: Six From the Shop Floor was named as one of three finalists for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in music. The work was commissioned by the Capitol Quartet, which includes Penn State faculty member David Stambler, with financial assistance from The Margot Music Fund. The composition can be heard on the quartet’s most recent recording, Balance, produced by Blue Griffin Recordings.
The Center for Global Studies (CSG) is pleased to announce the competition for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for the Pennsylvania State University. FLAS Fellowships are authorized under Title VI of the Higher Education Act and are administered by the U.S. Department of Education. They assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.
FLAS Fellowships are awarded annually. The CGS will award ten fellowships (five undergraduate, five graduate) for the Academic Year 2015-2016 and ten fellowships (five undergraduate, five graduate) for Summer 2015. Fellowships consist of an institutional payment and a subsistence allowance. All FLAS awards are contingent upon the university receiving annual fellowship funding from the U.S. Department of Education.
Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Languages eligible for Penn State’s FLAS Fellowships are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian.
For more information, visit: http://cgs.psu.edu/flas.shtml
There will be two information sessions prior to the application deadline for students interested in applying for a FLAS award. If you have questions about eligibility or program requirements, or the application, please attend one of the two sessions listed below:
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 | 4:30-5:30p.m. | 112 Thomas Building
Monday, February 9, 2015 | 5:30-6:30p.m. | 109 Willard Building
The Center for Humanities and Information (CHI) announced the 2015-16 faculty and predoctoral fellows.
CHI supports research on the role information plays in the production of social meaning and value across the human sciences, from the orality-literacy transition to the new digital media. Each year, the Center seeks to recruit a wide range of fellows who will reflect its broad interests in information theory and its commitment to the humanities’ traditional interest in the long history of human culture. For more information about the Center and fellowships, visit http://chi.la.psu.edu.
2015-16 Faculty Fellows:
Jessamyn Abel, Asian Studies
“From Communication Line to Data Point: The Bullet Train as Information”
Richard Doyle, English
“Radio Free Valis and Phytopsyche: Two Books on the Discursive Effects of the Concepts and Practices of Information”
Samuel Frederick, German
“A Poetics of Collecting: The Redemption of Things in German Realism and Modernism”
Kathryn Gines, Philosophy
“Collegium of Black Women Philosopers in a Digital Age”
Michael Legaspi, CAMS
“Information, Knowledge, and the Pursuit of Wisdom”
Stewart Selber, English
“Institutions, Literacies, Technologies”
2015-16 Predoctoral Fellows:
Joshua DiCaglio, English
“Scalar Consciousness: Rhetorical Inquiry and the Search for Cosmos”
Abram Foley, English
“By What Strange Channels: Assembling Contemporary Literature”
Le Pao, Comparative Literature
“The Informatics of Poetry”
Kaitlyn Patia, CAS
“Democratic Vistas: The Rhetorical Expression and Promise of Democratic Faith”
Matthew Price, English
“Of Minor Spaces: Critical Literary Geographies of Modern British Novel”
T. Franklin Waddell, College of Communications
“Do Viewers Conform to the Social Media Crowd? The Effect of Social Television Metrics on Perceptions of Social Reality”
For some years work at the Getty Research Institute’s Vocabulary Program has included the development of Linked Open Datasets. Yesterday the first of the four vocabularies to appear as LOD: Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT)®, was announced by James Cuno on the Getty Iris. The data set is available for download at vocab.getty.edu under an Open Data Commons Attribution License (ODC BY 1.0). Cuno writes:
The Art & Architecture Thesaurus is a reference of over 250,000 terms on art and architectural history, styles, and techniques. It’s one of the Getty Research Institute’s four Getty Vocabularies, a collection of databases that serves as the premier resource for cultural heritage terms, artists’ names, and geographical information, reflecting over 30 years of collaborative scholarship. The other three Getty Vocabularies will be released as Linked Open Data over the coming 18 months.
The availability of the Getty Vocabularies in this form is a real step forward for developers of content in the digital humanities, and we all look forward to the remaining Vocabularies’ release as LOD as well. These include:
A year after its initial launch the Israel Antiquities Authority announced this week the relaunch of its Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library with the addition of 10,000 new high resolution images. This library offers a multitude of ways to explore and use the data.
Shuka Dorfman, General Director of the Israel Antiquities Authority writes in the Introduction:
The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) is very proud to present the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library, a free online digitized virtual library of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Hundreds of manuscripts made up of thousands of fragments – discovered from 1947 and until the early 1960’s in the Judean Desert along the western shore of the Dead Sea – are now available to the public online. The high resolution images are extremely detailed and can be accessed through various search options on the site.
With the generous lead support of the Leon Levy Foundation and additional generous support of the Arcadia Fund, the Israel Antiquities Authority and Google joined forces to develop the most advanced imaging and web technologies to bring to the web hundreds of Dead Sea Scrolls images as well as specially developed supporting resources in a user-friendly platform intended for the public, students and scholars alike.
The launch of the Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library comes some 11 years after the completion of the publication of the Dead Sea Scrolls, initiated and sponsored by the IAA, and 65 years after the first scrolls were unearthed in the Caves of Qumran. This digital library is another example of the IAA’s vision and mission, to make these ancient texts freely available and accessible to people around the world. The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library represents a new milestone in the annals of the story of one of the greatest manuscript finds of all times.
Disclaimer: The purpose of this post is to motivate readers to develop a digital humanities project AND to apply for grants.
This past fall, Sandy Petrulionis, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies, Penn State Altoona, and her colleague, Dr. Noelle A. Baker, an Independent Scholar, won a second NEH Scholarly Editions Grant to work on a scholarly, annotated, digital edition of the complete “Almanacks” of Mary Moody Emerson. (Read the complete story here.) The $290,000 grant is a portion of $33 million dollars in grant money available from the NEH alone.
If you have a project idea and would like to get started, contact me (dit5003 at psu dot edu) or attend one of our Digital Humanities Interest Group Meet-Ups (click here for the schedule).
Chuck Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies at PSU, and Peter Magierski, Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian at Columbia University were interviewed this week by Tadween. They reflected on the origin and development of their joint project Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR), as part of Tadween’s campaign to highlight individuals, groups, and organizations who play a role in the open access movement and knowledge production and preservation.