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Date: Tue,  3 Mar 2009 06:28:49 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: [Humanist] 22.587 events: London Seminar; Culture & Tech -AT- Maynooth;

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 587.
         Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    David Gants <>                      (26)
        Subject: Rare Book School 2009 - Digital humanities related courses

  [2]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter-AT-GMAIL.COM>                         (40)
        Subject: Culture and Technology Lectures: Mondays -AT- Maynooth

  [3]   From:    Willard McCarty <>          (73)
        Subject: Kenneth Price at the London Seminar in Digital Text and

        Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2009 17:16:13 -0500
        From: David Gants <>
        Subject: Rare Book School 2009 - Digital humanities related courses

The following announcement may be of interest to readers of this list.

Rare Book School (RBS) is pleased to announce its 2009 course
offerings.  Each year, RBS offers from 20 to 30  five-day, non-credit
courses on topics concerning book history, old and rare books,
manuscripts, and special  collections.  Courses are almost always
limited to 12 or fewer students, who make a full-time commitment to
any course they attend, from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
Classes are held annually at the University of Virginia
(Charlottesville, VA); The Morgan Library &  Museum (NYC); and The
Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD).

In 2009, these five-day, intensive offerings include the following courses:

1. Electronic Texts & Images, taught by David Seaman, 8-12 June 2009

2. Designing Archival Description Systems, taught by Daniel Pitti,
20-24 July 2009

The educational and professional prerequisites for RBS courses vary.
Some courses are broadly directed toward antiquarian booksellers, book
collectors, bookbinders, conservators, teachers, and professional and
avocational students of the history of books and printing. Others are
primarily intended for archivists and for research and rare book
librarians and curators.

The tuition for each RBS 2009 course is $895. For information about
related expenses, including dormitory and hotel accommodations, see
our recently updated Travel & Accommodations page .

        Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2009 12:10:48 +0000
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter-AT-GMAIL.COM>
        Subject: Culture and Technology Lectures: Mondays -AT- Maynooth
        In-Reply-To: <>

Everyone on the list is most welcome to attend the Spring 2009 Culture
and Technology Lecture Series webcast, to be presented on the NUI
Maynooth campus, in the computer science building, training room
1.39b. Lectures will be held on most Mondays from 3-4:30 pm.

Today's lecture will be delivered by Laszlo Hunyadi of the University
of Debrecen, Hungary.  The title is "Forensic Linguistics in relation
to Digital Humanities"

Forensic linguistics is a branch of linguistics in which theoretical
and applied approaches equally and jointly contribute to issues such
as author attribution, speaker identification and verification, and
authenticity of digital material. Whereas the first of these issues
has its own old tradition within forensic science, the last two have
gained their importance with the emergence of new computational
techniques. The talk will demonstrate how such techniques, supported
by linguistic theory, can contribute to the development of forensic

The session, hosted by An Foras Feasa, NUI Maynooth and the DHO, will
also be attended by parties from the University of Oulu, Finland,
King's College, London, and the University of Glasgow. The An Foras
Feasa/DHO node can be found in Room 1.39b in the Computer Science
Building, on the North Campus at NUI, Maynooth. The session commences
at 3 p.m.

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)          Metadata Manager
Digital Humanities Observatory (RIA), Pembroke House, 28-32 Upper
Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
-- A Project of the Royal Irish Academy --
Phone: +353 1 234 2444        Fax: +353 1 234 2400          Email:

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)          Metadata Manager
Digital Humanities Observatory (RIA), Pembroke House, 28-32 Upper
Pembroke Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
-- A Project of the Royal Irish Academy --
Phone: +353 1 234 2444        Fax: +353 1 234 2400          Email:

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        Date: Tue, 03 Mar 2009 06:18:55 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <>
        Subject: Kenneth Price at the London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
        In-Reply-To: <>

You are cordially invited to a seminar by Kenneth M Price 
(Nebraska-Lincoln), “Editing Walt Whitman's Civil War Writings in 
Context”, London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship, 19 March 2009 
(Thursday), 17:30 - 19:30, room 273 Stewart House, University of London 

This paper will analyze the particular challenges and opportunities of
an online edition treating Whitman's Civil War writings. The War
profoundly shaped Leaves of Grass, and Whitman extensively depicted and
analyzed the War in journals, notebooks, letters, essays, journalism,
memoirs, and manuscript drafts. At the Walt Whitman Archive
<> we are electronically editing, arranging, and
publishing--often for the first time--the hundreds of documents that
give voice to Whitman's experience of the war. In addition to making
these documents freely available, our work strives to model best
practices in creating, publishing, and sustaining electronic editions.

The theoretical possibilities of digital scholarship oblige us to
boldness—it is possible to see the present moment, in which electronic
scholarship is still nascent and the boundaries are still capable of
being moved, as a mandate to innovate or push the boundaries. Ideally, a
digital thematic research collection would allow not only for the
creation of an electronic scholarly edition but for the study of
cultural contexts. In addition to ongoing work on the Whitman Archive, I
have recently begun a companion undertaking, "Civil War Washington:
Studies in Transformation," that draws on the methods of many
fields—literary studies, history, geography, computer-aided mapping—to
create an experimental digital resource. We believe the site will
ultimately provide insights into the large and complex forces that
transformed Washington from a sleepy Southern town to the symbolic
center of the Union and nation. If the nature of an "edition" is being
profoundly reshaped by the digital turn, we can expect the accompanying
"commentary" to be just as profoundly reenvisioned and expanded. We are
situating Whitman and his writings in the midst of a rich field of
geo-spatial and temporal data. We believe that by providing a backdrop
of census, health, and hospital records; theater schedules; horsecar
routes; and other factual data, we will make possible a better
understanding of Whitman's Civil War writings. Whitman had an ordinary
man's vantage point on the War and an extraordinary artist's
sensibility. He focused on what often escaped attention: the War
experiences of the common soldier, the stoicism and heroism of otherwise
average individuals, and-above all-the suffering, dignity, and enormous
courage he saw in his hospital visits to approximately 100,000 wounded
men, Northerners and Southerners alike. Our work strives to provide the
texts that record his experience of the war and also tools for
understanding how those texts emerged out of a very particular place and

Kenneth Price is University Professor and Hillegass Chair of
Nineteenth-Century American literature at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln, where he also serves as co-director of the Center for
Digital Research in the Humanities. Price is the author of over forty
articles and author or editor of nine books. His most recent book is
co-edited with Ed Folsom and Susan Belasco, Leaves of Grass: The
Sesquicentennial Essays (University of Nebraska Press, 2007). His other
recent books include Re-Scripting Walt Whitman: An Introduction to His
Life and Work, co-authored with Folsom (Blackwell Publishing, 2005) and
To Walt Whitman, America (University of North Carolina Press 2004), a
main selection of The Readers Subscription, a national book club.

Since 1995 Price has served as co-director of The Walt Whitman Archive,
an electronic research and teaching tool that sets out to make Whitman’s
vast work, for the first time, easily and conveniently accessible to
scholars, students, and general readers. The Whitman Archive has been
awarded federal grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities,
the U. S. Department of Education, the National Historical Publications
and Records Commission, and the Institute for Museum and Library
Services. The Whitman Archive has received many honors, including the C.
F. W. Coker award from the Society of American Archivists and a "We the
People" grant from the NEH to build a $2 million permanent endowment to
support ongoing editorial work.

Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London,;
Editor, Humanist,;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews,

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