THE PAST MADE PRESENT: THE 2016 WYSO ARCHIVES DIGITAL HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM
Welcome to the first WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium convening in honor of October as American Archives Month.
As an outgrowth of the WYSO Archive’s digitized recordings of the past 50-plus years and the current Rediscovered Radio season, which is examining the Vietnam era, what better time than American Archives Month to use the WYSO collection to bring together historians, teachers, students, and interested community members? While symposium sessions are free to explore any aspect of digital humanities, some focus is on our collective ability to remember and reflect on the years between roughly 1965 and 1975, on the war, the protests against it, and the other movements that emerged during this period of challenge and change. We are approaching 50th anniversaries for many significant events of the period, and the practice of digital humanities allows us to reflect upon this controversial past and to contextualize our equally challenging present.
Organized by partnerships between Antioch College, Central State University, Wittenberg University, Wright State University, and WYSO-FM, and hosted at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, the symposium includes exhibits, speakers, a showcase of digital humanities projects, related presentations, and workshops on digital humanities and pedagogy.
All events take place in the Arts & Science Building on the Antioch College campus in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
This event is made possible in part by the support of Ohio Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment of the Humanities.
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Thursday, October 20
7:00-9:00 pm Gallery Talk & Reception
Keynote speakers Willa Seidenberg and William Short will open the symposium with a brief gallery talk in the student-run exhibit space in the Arts & Science Building at Antioch College. They will present a selection of the large format prints and text drawn from their collaborative work documenting the Vietnam War from multiple perspectives through oral histories and photographs. This event is free and open to the public. In their keynote address on Friday, they will discuss the process of gathering and telling stories about Vietnam and the war.
Friday, October 21
8:30-9:00 Registration & Coffee
9:00-9:15 Overview of symposium
Welcome and Remarks from President Tom Manley and Provost Lori Collins-Hall
9:15-9:45 SESSION I
Chair: Jocelyn Robinson, WYSO Archives Fellow
Revisiting the Past through Public Broadcasting Digital Collections
The American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston, is an unprecedented initiative to preserve and make accessible at-risk public media content before it is lost to posterity. To date, approximately 40,000 hours of programming from the late 1940s to the present have been digitized. The vast majority of the content consists of regional and local programs selected by more than 100 stations and archives across the nation. AAPB provides online access to more than 13,000 programs for research, educational, and informational purposes, and includes curated exhibitions on the southern civil rights movement, climate change, and presidential elections. The entire digitized collection is available on-site at the Library of Congress and WGBH.
WGBH has recently made available in its Open Vault site hundreds of complete interviews conducted for many of its seminal award-winning documentary series, including Vietnam: A Television History; War and Peace in the Nuclear Age; and Rock and Roll. Through online access, AAPB and Open Vault materials can provide researchers, educators, and students with heretofore unavailable primary source materials to foster new scholarly explorations into events, issues, people, and diverse perspectives of the 1960s and 1970s.
The presentation will discuss AAPB and WGBH Open Vault collections pertinent to the 1960s and 1970s; AAPB’s effort to become a centralized web portal of discovery for public broadcasting programs; and interdisciplinary projects that engage computational linguistic analysts working with humanities and social science scholars to facilitate improved scholarly access to these materials.
Karen Cariani has been director of the WGBH Media Library since its inception in 1990. She co-led the AMIA Local Television Case Studies and Symposium Task Force from 2001-2004. She has been project director for the WGBH Teachers’ Domain initiative, WGBH Open Vault, WGBH Mellon Digital Library project, the American Archive Content Inventory Project, and the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, and oversaw the development and testing of the WGBH DAM system.
Alan Gevinson is the Library of Congress project director for the American Archive of Public Broadcasting and Special Assistant to the Chief of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center at the Library of Congress. He received a PhD in History from Johns Hopkins University, has taught in George Mason University’s graduate program in history, and has been a research associate at GMU’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. Alan was the associate editor of the American Film Institute’s Catalog of Feature Films project and project director of Within Our Gates: Ethnicity in American Feature Films, 1911-1960. He is the curator of the Library of Congress exhibition Hope for America: Performers, Politics & Pop Culture and the media curator of The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom. He is the co-author of The Library of Congress National Recording Preservation Plan (2013); U.S. History Matters: A Student Guide to History Online (2009), and Library of Congress Motion Pictures, Broadcasting, Recorded Sound: An Illustrated Guide (2002).
Radio Archives and National Digital Preservation Initiatives
As one of seven sites chosen to host a National Digital Stewardship Resident through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the WYSO Archives is engaged in training a new generation of digital archivists. This session will describe the national initiative, the digital preservation process for audio collections, and present the WYSO Archives as a model for other organizations with vulnerable media holdings.
Neenah Ellis is the general manager at WYSO. She began her radio career in high school, working at her parents’ commercial radio station in Valparaiso, Indiana. She came to WYSO in 2009 after 30 years as a radio documentary producer in Washington, D.C. She’s been a producer for All Things Considered at NPR and has won three Peabody Awards, broadcasting’s highest honor, for her work. She is also the author of If I Live to be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians, which is based on her radio series about people 100 years of age.
Tressa Graves is a recent graduate of the MLIS program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is serving a 10-month residency at WYSO where she will provide support for the development and growth of the WYSO Archives.
9:45-10:45 SESSION II
Chair: Basim Blunt, WYSO Community Voices Producer and Editor, Youth Radio
The WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Projects Showcase
The WYSO Archives is the repository for a number of digital humanities projects that engage its listeners and the Miami Valley community at large. It all began in 2010 with an oral history project to augment the digitized civil rights materials in the collection, followed by a need for training community producers to craft local radio stories. This was followed by a series using the archives collection to reflect on the past, a project featuring veterans telling veterans’ stories, and another with local high school students telling their own stories as well. All these projects are still going strong today. Representatives from the following will give brief descriptions of the projects and their impacts on the communities they engage and serve.
YS Stories: Civil Rights Oral History Project
Dayton Youth Radio
11:00- 12:00 SESSION III
Chair: Dr. G. Jahwara Giddings, Central State University
The Aftermath of the Kent State Shootings at Bowling Green State University
The Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970 left a lasting impression that resonates with students still today. Bowling Green State University (BGSU) was the only public institution in Ohio not to close following the subsequent riots and protests. To analyze this time and the environment on campus at BGSU, archivists, graduate students, and librarians at the Center for Archival Collections and Collections and Technical Services developed a project to apply TEI (text encoding metadata) to oral histories of BGSU students from May 1970. These oral histories come from resident advisors who were in the dorms and describe the atmosphere on campus and the students’ response to the Kent State shootings, including a failed plan to protest on interstate I-75.
The process of applying TEI began with a graduate student transcribing the audio files to a Word document. Librarians then developed a list of TEI terms to apply to the text. The text mark-up will be done using the XML editor, Oxygen. Once completed, the marked-up transcripts will be posted online to be joined to a complementary and expanded Omeka exhibit, the original version of which was posted to mark the 45th anniversary of Kent State tragedy and included only audio versions of the oral histories. The exhibition and database will aid researchers/scholars in their study of student protests, Kent State, and BGSU. This presentation will cover the transcription process, utilization of graduate student workers, choice of TEI tags used and a demonstration of the evolving website and database.
Zack Burton is a second-year student in the BGSU History MA program. He has previously worked on Scioto Historical, a Shawnee State University-based digital history project, and is currently a student assistant at BGSU’s Center for Archival Collections. His broad area of interest is post-WWII American intellectual history, with particular emphasis on religion, sexuality, and higher education.
Nick Pavlikis the Curator of Manuscripts and Digital Projects at BGSU's Center for Archival Collections, a position he has held since November 2015. He previously held positions at the 92nd Street Y and Brooklyn Historical Society in New York, NY. He earned his MLS degree from Queens College of the City University of New York.
Libby Hertenstein is the Cataloger & Metadata Librarian at Bowling Green State University. She has been with the University since 2011 and currently splits her time between Collections and Technical Services and the Center for Archival Collections. She earned her MLS, with a specialization in rare Books and manuscripts from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Documenting Dayton’s Funk Music History
The 1970s in Dayton was a decade marked by the process of desegregation. James H. McGee was elected as the city’s first Black mayor, Arthur O. Fisher and Hughbert D. Poore Sr. made similar advances in local government. By 1972, the NAACP had successfully sued Dayton Public Schools to end segregation. While pioneers promoted positive change, their opponents turned to violence. Charles Glatt, appointed to design a new busing system to accommodate the transformation, was assassinated in his office. In this time of political turmoil, Black residents of Dayton turned to funk music as a way of coping with integration. It acted as a defense—a way of resisting cultural assimilation.
The name of the genre itself acted as a warning. Sociologists describe scent as having the ability to both draw cultural boundaries and act as a sign of protest. In this way, funk celebrated and reappropriated Otherness. For example, George Clinton and his musical collective Parliament-Funkadelic sang about the “Mothership Connection,” suggesting African-Americans were the first aliens on Earth. Similarly, Lakeside’s video for “Fantastic Voyage” portrayed the band magically transforming cookie-cutter businessmen into groovy pirates. As Black Daytonians became more prominent in the dominant white sphere, funk music was a way of communicating to each other that Black identity would not be exchanged as currency for social mobility.
Hadley Drodge is a second-year graduate student at Wright State University studying Public History. She is the former volunteer curator for The Funk Center, currently located at the Northwest Branch of the Dayton Metro Library. She began working in museums in Troy, Ohio in 2014, where she is still volunteer curator for the Museum of Troy History. She also interned at the National Afro-American Museum in Wilberforce and is now working with them on a project concerning Rossville, Ohio and the former Randolph slaves.
“We’ve Got Go!” Conflicting Narratives of North Texas in the 1960s
In the 1960s, technological advances and changes within the Hollywood studio system allowed for increased participation in visual narrative production, diversifying a visual record and reflecting the growing dissonance and political turmoil of the United States during the Vietnam era. Although these events were unprecedentedly documented through home movies, independent films, and the nightly news, this media is rarely consulted as primary source material. To highlight these underutilized resources, librarians at the University of North Texas began work on an online exhibit to expose researchers and undergraduate students to the rich possibilities of working with archival moving images. This exhibit, We’ve Got Go!, draws on digitized primary source materials from the UNT Special Collections and the Portal to Texas History (including moving images and sound recordings) to contrast amateur and professional visual narratives produced in North Texas in 1967-1968. Through the juxtaposition of imagery in the anti-establishment Hollywood film Bonnie and Clyde, the locally produced and optimistic Dynamic Denton, and the nightly news from the local NBC affiliate KXAS, the exhibit will illustrate the incongruity of the conflicting narratives; how DFW was perceived through an outside lens, its idealized version of itself, and the news-media provided account of local, regional, and world events. This multi-media presentation will also discuss the challenges faced with planning an online exhibit featuring archival moving images that aims to both enhance primary source literacy for undergraduate students and encourage the wider use of these materials by more traditional scholarly researchers.
Courtney Jacobs is a Special Collections Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries where she oversees the public service elements of the Sarah T. Hughes reading room. She also manages the digitization and description of collection materials. Her current research interests involve collaborative and cross-disciplinary methods for integrating primary source materials into instruction and outreach initiatives.
Laura Treat is the Moving Image Preservation Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries where she oversees the preservation and digitization of the libraries’ moving image collections. Her current research interests involve amateur film production in the North Texas region and the information-seeking behaviors of the communities of artists and scholars who use archival moving image collections.
1:00-2:00 SESSION IV
Chair: Kevin McGruder, Antioch College
Wilmington College’s Peace Resource Center Digital Humanities Initiatives
This session reveals how the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College uses the digital humanities (in our case, a multi-disciplinary approach integrating history education and two and three dimensional digital technologies) to raise awareness regarding the post WWII global peace movement as rooted in the activism of atomic bombing survivors and nuclear disarmament proponents during the 1960s and 1970s. In particular, our discussion will focus on the process of working with the Hidenori Watanave Laboratories to digitize and place the PRC’s unique Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection containing materials from 1945-present in order to create a three-dimensional digital archive using digital earth open source code. Following in Watanave’s vision, we seek to make history more accessible technologically and pedagogically to a new generation of young global citizens.
Tanya Maus is the Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, which houses the unique “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Memorial Collection,”—the largest collection of historical materials related to the Japanese experience of the atomic bombings outside of Japan. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago where she specialized in the history of childhood, poverty, and religious activism within modern Japanese history. Dr. Maus has also taught the history of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan as well as Japanese imperialism in East Asia for a number of years at the university level. As Director of the PRC, she widely promotes historical awareness of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the post World War II peace movement through scholarly research and educational programming. In addition, Dr. Maus provides resources in nonviolent conflict resolution to the campus and local community to empower a new generation of peace advocates and peace activists.
Doing Humanities Fieldwork: Oral History & Digital Scholarship
Antioch College faculty and students from a recent course entitled “Humanities Fieldwork: Oral History & Digital Scholarship” will reflect on the trials and tribulations of access, language barriers, interview methods, permission to publish (or not) and learning new digital tools.
Brooke Bryan is a Cooperative Education faculty member at Antioch College. Her co-presenters are Antioch College students Dale Kondracki, Ian Rosenthal, and Wyatt Souers.
2:00-3:00 SESSION V
Chair: Seth Gordon, Wright State University
Models of Engagement with the Veterans History Project
Over a decade ago, Bridget Federspiel began to engage her freshman at Stivers School for the Arts utilizing the Veteran History Project protocols. Freshmen began to record interviews with WWII and veterans from all conflicts. By having high school students do the interviews with guidance from the teacher they are able to see “living history”. The single limitation was that many of the veterans engaged by the project shared that they “were not able to tell that 14 year old” everything about their experience.
The Veterans' Voices Project Wright State University’s Veteran and Military Center follows much of the same protocols, sending copies of their completed recording to the Library of Congress’ (LOC) and to the Wright State digital archives, CORE. The key difference is that WSU trains student veterans to gather these same stories, the hope being that the boundaries of what could be shared would be increased when a veteran was interviewing another veteran. It also offered opportunities to connect different generations of military service members with each other, providing mentorship and community to both groups.
Our session will show an edited interview that captures the purpose of the Veterans History project. The student and program staff will describe how to create the project and advise how it could be replicated on other campuses and schools. The staff will discuss why it is important to connect with other veterans through oral history. We will provide resources and technical support required to engage the project.
Jeniffer Seavey is an Army Veteran. She is a full time student at Wright State University (WSU) majoring in Anthropology and Archaeology. She began working with the project in September 2015 and started working as the Coordinator for Veterans’ Voices Project at WSU Veteran and Military Center in January 2016.
Bridget Federspiel, a Wright State graduate (M.A., history), is a 24-year teacher currently employed by Dayton Public Schools. She has collected more than 400 oral histories for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project since 2005 and has won numerous awards and grants for this work. Federspiel also taught the inaugural Veterans Voices Oral History course at WSU in 2014. She has received several teaching awards, including the Ohio Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars High School Teacher of the Year (2014). Since 2008, she has served as the youth coordinator for the Dayton Council on World Affairs.
Athens in Vietnam: Oral History Project
This proposed session would talk about The Athens in Vietnam Oral History Project. For years the Athens County Historical Society & Museum intended to do oral history interviews but other than a few sporadic attempts the staff made no cohesive effort. In 2015 the museum began planning a specific oral history project involving Vietnam Veterans from Athens County. This project began in November of 2015 with a grant from the Ohio Humanities. From the beginning the goal of this project has been to record the stories of Vietnam Veterans from Appalachian Ohio. Questions center around how living in Appalachia might have prepared them for war and their views on Vietnam and war in general changed after returning home. So far the project has interviewed eight veterans living in Southeastern Ohio and has elicited a wide variety of veteran participants. Some have been very enthusiastic to share their stories; others have been reticent about what happened during Vietnam. This presentation will show how we started this project and how people remember the war. In the forty years since the end of the conflict opinions have changed or solidified. Many of the veterans we have talked to are still trying to make sense of what happened to them in Vietnam. A five-minute excerpt from the interviews will be shown as part of the presentation.
Cyrus Moore has served as project director since November of 2015 and has conducted each interview. He earned a Master’s Degree in History in 2015 from Kent State University where he wrote a thesis on Ohio Military History under the direction of Dr. Kevin Adams. In pursuit of his Master’s, he took classes on Historiography & Methods, Memory Studies, and United States History including the Vietnam War. As a volunteer, he has worked as a Museum Associate and Curator of Military Collections at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum since attaining his Baccalaureate in History from Ohio University in 2011. As military curator, he has properly conserved and researched military artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Civil War to the Vietnam War. In preparation for this project he attended the Oral History Institute at Kenyon College June 2-4, 2015.
The Vietnam Letters of Lee and Rosemary Fisher
This presentation will discuss the acquisition, archival processing, teaching and a collaborating effort between the staff and donors in approaching the digitizing of the Vietnam War letters of the Lee and Rosemary Fisher collection.
In 2014 Miami University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives received a collection of letters written by Lee and Rosemary Fisher (née Holoviak) between 1968 and 1970, while Lee was serving in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. These letters have been used by librarians in Special Collections and University Archives in teaching graduates and undergraduates using primary sources.
William Modrow is Head, Walter Havighurst Special Collections and University Archives, Miami University.
Michael Orr is a master’s student in the History Department, Miami University.
3:00-3:15 BREAK/Photo Exhibit
3:15-4:00 SESSION VI
Chair: Will Davis, Wright State University
TourSites for WordPress – An Open Source Preview
This presentation is a sneak peek of TourSites for WordPress, an open source platform for engaging the public through digital humanities. Created by the Ohio History Connection and the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities, the TourSites prototype project was funded by NEH to deliver a flexible, robust platform for museums and cultural heritage institutions to distribute content-rich experiences across a multi-site network. Attendees will learn about the origins of the project, how the team addressed key challenges, and the results of initial testing with visitors at three historic sites in Ohio. In addition, attendees will receive an inside look at the platform and information about its launch for public use.
Ty Pierce, Manager of Education and Multimedia Services at the Ohio History Connection, received a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology from The Ohio State University. After an extensive career in multimedia production, he joined OHC in 2012 for the opportunity to bring history alive for the 21st century. In his current role he oversees many of the organization’s digital initiatives, including the Oral History Program, the Digital History Lab, the Ohio as America e-textbook, the Creative Learning Factory, web/mobile experiences, exhibit technology, video/multimedia production and distance learning. He recently won several awards for his work at OHC, including an American Association of Museums MUSE Award, and presents at nationally on oral history, visual communication and digital humanities.
Chief Leatherlips, Cultural Heritage Informatics, and Teaching Critically Historical Research through Documentation
As part of her MLIS Cultural Heritage Informatics coursework, Madeleine Fix documented a public art sculpture that stands in Dublin, Ohio’s Scioto Park: Leatherlips, by Boston sculptor Ralph Helmick— a haunting,12-foot tall, Native American man’s face forged from stacked limestone. Leatherlips (Shateyahronya) was a Chief of the Wyandot Porcupine Clan. In 1810, he was executed by warriors from his tribal community for male witchcraft—and politics. The project quickly grabbed a long red thread that pulled in many directions. The project website chiefleatherlips.wordpress.com cross-links historical facts, representations, institutions, and locations to tell the story behind Helmick’s sculpture. The story (and the website) continues to grow, shift, deepen, and beg critical interpretation as considerations of politics, class, religion, and race come into relief through visits to essential historical sites and research at libraries and archives.
Madeleine Fix is an independent digital librarian/archivist, instructional designer, and interdisciplinary artist. She holds a B.A. in Art-Semiotics (Modern Culture & Media) from Brown University
and an M.A. in Art Education from the Ohio State University. In Spring 2016, she completed her MLIS with a focus in digital libraries and archives from Kent State University, where she was a recipient of a Mary T. Kim Scholarship and a 2016 Society of Ohio Archivists scholarship for her culminating experience project, Video Art in an Academic Repository.
Digitally Documenting Dayton’s Graffiti
Graffiti is illegal, but often beautiful. The appearance of graffiti has been used as a marker of a neighborhood in decline, and yet many cities have celebrated their street art with books and exhibits. Some graffitists have gone on to careers as “legitimate” artists. How does one balance the fear of declining property values with celebrating the use of graffiti as a political statement? Are graffitists merely marking their territory or are they trying to say something about their lives, their culture, their reality? Regardless the answer, is it worth documenting for the future?
Victoria Chadbourne is a fifth generation Daytonian; she grew up in an urban setting and prefers that life. She was in the US Navy for four years and has recorded her story for Women’s Veterans Voices for WYSO. One of her research interests is digital humanities; she holds a Master of Humanities and her project was an Introduction to Women’s Studies class to be held in Second Life, the online virtual world. Currently, she is working on her Master of Arts in Public History with a concentration in digital archiving. She is very interested in making more information available to more people by placing historic documents, images, audio and video online.
OHC’s Oral History Initiative: Collecting Veterans’ Stories
One of the Ohio History Connection’s (OHC) missions is to facilitate the discovery of the authentic stories of Ohioans and there is no better way to do this than to have the people themselves speak of their experiences in their own words. OHC’s Oral History Initiative is currently focused on the important work of collecting and preserving veterans talking about their military experiences, giving future generations unique opportunities to hear from Ohioans who served. The Oral History Initiative will do more than collect these histories, but also create accessible, indexed, and interactive oral histories. By using the Oral History Metadata Synchronizer produced by the University of Kentucky Libraries OHC has created oral histories that allow the viewer to effectively find information in an interview through a searchable index. OHC will act as a public repository for the oral histories making them available to researchers now and in the future. This presentation will share the Oral History Initiatives project, process, and methods for creating these digital documents. Currently the Initiative has collected thirteen oral histories and continues collect a wide range of experience from all branches of the military, from WWII through the modern conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. OHC has partnered with the Ohio Veterans Memorial and Museum project to identify veterans for oral histories and in-return provide these histories to museum planners to help inform and act as a resource for exhibits. These oral histories are already providing raw materials for exhibit design, ways to update stakeholders, and stepping-stones to gathering other historical collections.
Cameron Wood, Oral History Coordinator at the Ohio History Connection, received his B.A. in anthropology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a M.A. in history museum studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. His wide range of experiences include donor relations, loan coordination, collections management, cataloging, curatorial acquisition and interpretation, and building a Lustron home. As the Oral History Coordinator he is responsible for researching, coordinating, and conducting interviews as well as editing video and metadata creation. Cameron is currently working in partnership with the Ohio Veteran Memorial and Museum project group to collect veteran’s oral histories. These histories will inform museum designers, provide the raw materials for exhibit design, and are acting as stepping-stones to collect additional military history collections.
4:00-5:00 Keynote Address
Willa Seidenberg is a professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She is one of the faculty advisors in Annenberg's converged Media Center where she concentrates on audio and community reporting. She is the founder of two of the Annenberg School's student media outlets: Annenberg Radio News and Intersections South LA, a reporting lab and community website for South Los Angeles. Seidenberg was a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years before going to USC in January of 2000.
Seidenberg started her news career as a public radio reporter, anchor and producer, with stints at WYSO-FM at Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio, WBUR-FM at Boston University, and WGBH-FM. She covered the landmark Woburn Toxic Waste Trial in Boston and contributed stories to National Public Radio. Seidenberg began writing television news in 1987 at WBZ-TV in Boston and later moved to KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.
She is the co-author of the oral history/photo project: A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War (published in 1992), which she produced with her husband, photographer William Short. Seidenberg and Short also produced the oral history/photo project Memories of the American War: Stories From Viet Nam in which gathered the stories of Vietnamese people and their experiences during the war with the Americans.
Seidenberg lives in Los Angeles with her husband Bill Short and their son, Sam.
William Short is an artist, educator and photographer based in Los Angeles. He has taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, Bradford College in Massachusetts and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is currently working as a freelance photographer in Los Angeles and teaches at Moorpark College in Moorpark, California and Santa Monica College in California.
He was Associate Director of the Indochina Arts Project at the University of Massachusetts from 1989 to 1991 which produced an exhibition of Vietnamese and American art which traveled the US for two years and in Viet Nam for one year. In 1992, with his wife, journalist Willa Seidenberg, he published “A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War.” He has traveled to Viet Nam six times to do cultural work. He was an artist in residence at the Addison Gallery of American Art at the Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, 1991 and 1992. In 1994 he was awarded an Arts International grant from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. for his work in Viet Nam with the Photographic Association of Viet Nam. He received a yearlong work grant from the Pollock/Krasner foundation for the year 2002 to continue work on “Memories of the American War: Stories from Vietnam.” In 2004, he was a National Public Radio commentator, addressing issues of war and fatherhood. In 2005, he was associate producer on the film “Sir, No Sir” which was based on his and Seidenberg’s book “A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Viet Nam War.” The film won the Audience Choice Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival in 2005. That same year, he published with, OPCC (a Santa Monica based homelessness advocacy group) “Forty Lives from Homelessness to Hope.”
A major installation of his work opened at the Casula Powerhouse museum in Sydney, Australia, April, 2009 where he was also a visiting artist. His 108 of his photographs are included in collection at the Addison Gallery of American Art which houses one of the largest and oldest collections of photography in the world. His worked is also included in the collections of the Huntington Library, the Polaroid Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, Ha Noi, Viet Nam, the William Joiner Archives at the University of Massachusetts and the Colorado Collection at the University of Colorado. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, as well as, Japan, Germany, Australia and Viet Nam. His work was recently exhibited at the Long Beach City College Art Gallery in November, 2015. Most recently his portraits of Los Angeles artists will be published in the 2016 C.O.L.A. catalog for the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.
Bill lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Willa Seidenberg and their son, Sam.
5:00-6:00 Reception and Tours at the WYSO Studios, 150 East South College Street
Saturday, October 22
8:30-9:00 am Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:30 Workshop I
Digital Humanities Makerspaces: Making Media, Making Connection
The New Media Incubator is a leading-edge digital makerspace in Wright State University’s College of Liberal Arts that opened in the fall of 2016. The NMI is an experimental facility that exists at the intersection of technology and the disciplines of the humanities. This session will feature a virtual tour of the NMI, inventive student projects being created there, and an open discussion about new trends, issues, and other emerging topics of interest to educators and creators of digital humanities artifacts.
Will Davis is an instructor of media arts, a radio producer and editor, and a multimedia artist. He has a BFA in Storytelling, and a Master of Humanities with a digital focus. Will is creator and manager of the New Media Incubator at Wright State University. He is interested in how the digital humanities tell stories, and how stories give meaning and order to our lives.
10:45-12:15 Workshop II
One Interview, Five Tools: Exploring Opensource Technology Stacks for Visualizing, Publishing & Navigating Spoken Narrative
For oral historians, journalists, ethnographers, and students who interview people, digital tools can open new horizons for navigating, visualizing, organizing, and publishing narrative stories. While these tools are built for different purposes, they all share one thing: the ability to sync a media file with a text file in a visual interface, often with images and maps.
This workshop features one interview, produced for public viewing in 5 different tools— demonstrating a spectrum of journalistic and scholarly publishing from a 'cooked' 6-minute documentary video to an archival 'raw' full-length oral history with controlled thesaurus and interactive transcripts. Participants will explore workflows to integrate machine-generated transcripts with a variety of digital storytelling tools, while discussing editorial authority and considering how the digital age complicates informed consent.
Brooke Bryan is Instructor of Cooperative Education at Antioch College where she specializes in the empirical humanities, developing partnerships and field-based research opportunities for and with Antioch students. She teaches journalism, expository writing, and a series of experiential, field-based courses called WORK— scaffolding students' intensive engagement with communities through interview projects.
A past print journalist and WYSO graduate assistant, Brooke directs Oral History in the Liberal Arts—a three-year initiative funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that supports undergraduate oral history research through the digital humanities, articulating pedagogical strategies and offering faculty workshops for ‘high stakes’ teaching and learning across 13 Great Lakes Colleges Association institutions in the Midwest. Brooke is the recipient of the Oral History Association’s 2016 Post Secondary Teaching Award.
12:15-1:30 Closing Conversations