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The Past Made Present: The 2016 WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium

In recognition of the WYSO Archives and to celebrate American Archives Month, historians, archivists, scholars, students and all interested community members are invited to attend the first WYSO Archives Digital Humanities Symposium on October 20-22, 2016.

While symposium sessions will explore various aspects of digital humanities, focus will be on remembering and reflecting on the Vietnam War, the protests against it, and other movements that emerged during this era of challenge and change.

Sponsored 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 a photo exhibit, speakers, a showcase of digital humanities projects, scholarly and experimental presentations, and workshops on digital humanities pedagogical tools. All events will take place on the Antioch College campus.

Schedule & Program

On Thursday, October 20 (7-9 pm), the symposium will open with an exhibit and gallery talk by keynote speakers Willa Seidenberg and William Short. Friday, October 21 (8:30am-5:00 pm), will include an all day symposium of sessions related to digital humanities topics, the keynote address on telling Vietnam era stories through oral history and photographs, and a showcase of local projects that inform the digital humanities, including Rediscovered Radio and Veterans Voices, both produced at WYSO. On Saturday, October 22 (8:30-Noon), the morning will feature two workshops designed to encourage educators at all levels to incorporate digital humanities tools into their teaching. A detailed schedule is available here.

Keynote Speakers

Willa Seidenberg is a professor of professional practice at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and William Short is an artist, educator and photographer based in Los Angeles. Both are alumni of Antioch College. They will present their work collecting and telling stories of the Vietnam War and its legacies. Together they have produced the oral history/photo project: A Matter of Conscience: GI Resistance During the Vietnam War (published in 1992), and Memories of the American War: Stories From Viet Nam, in which they gathered the stories of Vietnamese people and their experiences during the war with the Americans.

Workshops and Presenters

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 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, and manager of the New Media Incubator at Wright State University.

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. Emphasizing undergraduate pedagogy, 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.

Thursday’s event is free and open to the public.

Early bird registration fees for Friday. Early bird registration closes on Monday, October 3. $35/general, $10/students

Regular registration fees for Friday. Pre-conference registration will close on Friday, October 15. $45/general, $15/students

Onsite registration is available, but lunch is not guaranteed for onsite registrants. $50/general, $20 students

Workshop registration for Saturday is limited and pre-registration is required. $25/general, $10/students

Register online at https://donate.nprstations.org/wyso/past-made-present-2016-wyso-archives-digital-humanities-symposium

A pdf version of the registration form is available for those who do not wish to register online. Download the form here. Complete and email to archives@wyso.org by the deadlines indicated.

Cancelation and Refund Policy

Cancelations for a full refund must be made before Monday, October 3 at 5 p.m. For cancelations made prior to this date, your registration fee will be refunded via the method of payment (e.g. credit card to credit card transaction, etc.), minus minimum processing costs if applicable. Please submit cancelation requests to archives@wyso.org. Cancelation requests must include the registrant’s name, email address, method of payment, and the total amount paid. Please allow 4-6 weeks for your refund to be processed. No refunds can be given for cancelations made after Saturday, October 15, at 5 p.m.




Free; off Livermore Street behind the Olive Kettering Library


Continental breakfast and light lunch served on Friday/Saturday


Accommodations in Yellow Springs are eclectic and limited, and there is no conference hotel, as such. However, ample space is generally available within a short drive of the village. Lists of area accommodations can be accessed by linking below: