Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crowdsourcing, Undergraduates, and Digital Humanities Projects « Rebecca Frost Davis

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Crowdsourcing, Undergraduates, and Digital Humanities Projects « Rebecca Frost Davis

Crowdsourcing could be a silver bullet for integrating digital humanities methods into the undergraduate curriculum.  Why?
“Crowd” by flickr user James Cridland

Crowdsourcing means getting the general public to do tasks. Jeff Howe explains the phenomenon in “The Rise of Crowdsourcing” (Wired Magazine, June 2006) by analogy with outsourcing.  This method of labor is growing for scholarly and cultural heritage projects, and that’s where it intersects with the undergraduate curriculum.  Collaborative manuscript transcription projects, like Transcribe Bentham, have received quite a bit of the attention, but there are a variety of opportunities out there for motivated students to engage in the process of digitizing, preserving, and studying collective resources and data.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month: A Celebration Of African American Angelenos

Black History Month: A Celebration Of African American Angelenos

Glimpse into African American culture in Southern California. Regionalism is alive and well. Check out Gilded Empire for more information on California regional identity.
From Huffington Post, Los Angeles:
"African Americans have played a pivotal but often forgotten role in the history of Los Angeles. From the days of the pueblo, through the civil rights movement, to now, black Angelenos have broken barriers and pioneered a community where talent is not deterred by the color of one's skin."

"Celebrating Black History Month, The Huffington Post presents journalists, musicians, city officials, architects, athletes and others who have changed our city for the better. Some are household names, others are much less known, but they all forged courageous paths through this diasporic city."

Friday, January 27, 2012

“California's Right to Vote” on display at Museum

“California's Right to Vote” on display at Museum asd f


"Gridley, Calif. — The California Women's Right to Vote traveling display has arrived at the Gridley Museum and will remain until mid February. It is because of the League of Women Voters that the wonderful display is here at our museum.

Tonight, Friday, January 27, 2012, the Gridley Museum is hosting a Wine and Cheese Reception from 6:30 to 8 p.m., to kick-off the display in Gridley. For the full story, please pick up a 1/27/12 edition of The Gridley Herald."

New Narratives for "Living in a Modern Way": California Design at Mid-century

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Bing Theater

Friday, February 24 | 10 am-5 pm with keynote panel at 7 pm
Saturday, February 25 | 9:30 am-5 pm


California Modernism North and South: Two Regions, One Reality
  Pierluigi Serraino

Modernism at the Beaux-Arts Ball: The Architecture of the San Francisco
World's Fair of 1939
  Andrew Shanken, UC Berkeley

The Arts of Daily Living: Modern Design at the Los Angeles County Fair,
  Monica Penick, University of Wisconsin-Madison

College Art Association (CAA) Centennial Session: Connections:
Architecture and Design in Los Angeles at Mid-century

Changing Taste: LA Architects Promote Modernism
  Wim de Wit, Getty Research Institute

Panel Discussion
Louis Danziger, graphic designer
Ray Kappe, architect
Gere Kavanaugh, designer
Ruth Weisberg, moderator
Bobbye Tigerman, discussant

Keynote Panel Discussion: Blurring the Boundaries: California Design and
Contemporary Art
Jim Iserman, artist
Jorge Pardo, artist
Pae White, artist
Frances Anderton, moderator


Scandinavian Design Comes To California: Humanism, Art and Technology
  Nina Stritzler-Levine, Bard Graduate Center

Richard Neutra: Mystery and Realities of the Site
  Marc Treib, UC Berkeley

Warren McArthur in Los Angeles
  Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York

Beyond (and Before) Eames: The Reinvention of Plywood
  Christopher Wilk, Victoria & Albert Museum

"We Live a Normal, Natural Life": Aliso Village, Los Angeles and the
Promise of Racially Integrated, Modern Living
  Elizabeth St. George, Bard Graduate Center

Crossing Paths: African-American Designers and Craftspeople in Los
  Staci Steinberger, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Wake Up Call: California Design after 1965
  Glenn Adamson, Victoria & Albert Museum

Two-day pass: $25 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free to students
with ID and College Art Association members
One-day pass: $15 general admission; $10 LACMA members; free to students
with ID and College Art Association members

Tickets: 323 857-6010 or purchase online
symposium tickets include museum general admission

For the complete program and more information, visit

This symposium was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and
made possible by --the Karsh Family Foundation and the Boardman Family

Saturday, January 21, 2012

FREE MUSEUM DAY IN THE SACRAMENTO AREA - Sacramento Contemporary Art |

From the article:

"February 4th 2012 is free Museum admission day in the Sacramento area."
"This will be the 14th year this has been offered in Sacramento. There are 28 museums in the greater Sacramento area. Most are offering free or half price admission on this day. It is presented by the Sacramento Association of Museums. (SAM) These Museums cover art, history, science and wildlife."

Lunar New Year Around the World « Pacific Asia Museum

As the new Year of the Dragon approaches, Lunar New Year will be quite an event in San Francisco. The Oakland Museum of California will be hosting a celebration this coming weekend. Click here for more information on the OMCA's event.

"OMCA ‘s 11th annual Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions: Year of the Dragon features a full afternoon of celebration, festivities, performances, demonstrations, and workshops that include elements of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, Tibetan, and other Asian cultures."

The Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California will also be holding some exhibits honoring the lunar new year. (Lunar New Year Around the World « Pacific Asia Museum)

"Our Lunar New Year Festival was a smashing success, but the fun isn’t over yet! This year, we’re proud to be hosting a delegation of artists and performers from Jiangsu Province, China, who will be demonstrating their talents through Friday. Most engaging are the puppeteers, who have delighted several school groups this week and will have public performances this afternoon and tomorrow at 3:30 p.m."

Friday, January 6, 2012

Bay Area History: Celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge's Approval!

Attention California Bay Area history enthusiasts! Celebrate the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:30 - 5:30pm.

CALIFORNIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY: A Wild Flight of the Imagination Opening Celebration

"Put on your party clothes and come help us celebrate the opening of A Wild Flight of the Imagination: the Story of the Golden Gate Bridge. On this day in 1933 San Franciscans celebrated the ground breaking for the Bridge, a symbol of hope in a devastated economy. Come kick up your heels to the band, gather around the classic cars parked outside, and learn the story of the Bridge."