The Spirit of Notetaking: Traditional Research and Writing Strategies for the 21st Century

Spring 2018 Lunchtime Lectures 

The Spirit of Notetaking: Traditional Research and Writing Strategies for the 21st Century

Thursday, February 1st 12:30-1:30 pm
George Thiruvathukal and David Dennis
Join us for the first Lunchtime Lecture of the Spring 2018 semester. Do the old ways of researching and writing work still work in the digital age? George Thiruvathukal (Professor of Computer Science) and David Dennis (Professor of History) will share their thoughts on the important topic coming out of their recent work creating ZettelGeist, a plaintext note-taking system, inspired by the ZettelKasten Method, which supports the familiar tried-and-true method of organizing research using a card index. This is a great chance to learn about a promising new tool in development.

Translating the Revolution: The Newberry's French Revolution Pamphlets Digital Initiative

Wednesday, February 14th 12:30-1:30 pm
Matthew Clarke and Jen Wolfe

Digital Affect and the Marginalized Body: Pondering an Autoethnographic Turn in the Digital Humanities

Wednesday, March 14th 12:30-1:30 pm
Frederick Staidum Jr.

From the Attic to the Web: Building the May Weber Ethnographic Digital Collection

Wednesday, April 11th 12:30-1:30 pm
Catherine Nichols, Lucas Coyne, Andi Pacheco, and Adam Depew


Past Fall 2017 Lunchtime Lectures

Explorations towards a new edition of Walton's Boethius

Wednesday, November 29th 12:30 pm

Boethius’s Consolation of Philosophy (c. 525) was one of the most influential literary works in medieval Europe. The Consolation was translated into English three times before the advent of print, but the most successful of these early English translations remains very little known to modern readers. Ian Cornelius, Nicholas Coteus, and Lex Podell discussed the thinking and process of creating a new edition of the 1410 English translation of this important work. 

Turn Around – Experiencing a Story in 360 VR

Wednesday, October 18th 12:30 pm 

When a camera covers all angles in a shot, how may a story be scripted in narrative? When nothing can be hidden around the camera, how may technical setup enhance storytelling? 360 VR visual production and presentation are facing challenges both in the methodology of telling a story and technology of implementing storytelling. In this presentation, Jamason Chen led the audience in an exploration of new ideas and methods of storytelling in a virtual reality environment.

Exploring Common Sense: Creating a Digital Critical Edition

Wednesday, September 13th 12:30 pm

Explore Common Sense ( is a digital critical edition of the first British edition of Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense, which is notable for the redactions that prevented the printer from being arrested for seditious libel. Creators Kate Johnson, Marie Pellissier, and Kelly Schmidt will discuss the process of working with an original copy of the text in University Archives and Special Collections, creating the site, and its potential as both an interpretive and learning tool inside and outside of the classroom.