Digital Witness Symposium 2013

The fourth Digital Witness Symposium explores the relationship between digital games and human rights activism. ANGEL DAVID NIEVES will discuss the interactive digital projects he has co-developed about South Africa, including Soweto ’76 3D and Soweto Historical GIS Project, and SUSANA RUIZ will talk about the human-rights themed digital games she has co-created, including the award winning Darfur is Dying and Finding Zoe.

Wednesday, October 9th, 7:00 PM
127 Kirner-Johnson Building (KJ)
Hamilton College

Thursday, October 10th, 7:00 PM
Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium Newhouse 3
Syracuse University

FUNDING PROVIDED BY the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. CO-SPONSORED BY the SU Humanities Center; the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications; the SU Departments of Transmedia, African American Studies and Communication & Rhetorical Studies; the Everson Museum of Art and the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College.

ASL interpretation will be provided.


Angel David Nieves, Ph.D.

Co-Founder & Former Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D. is  co-founder and former Co-Director of Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) which is recognized as a leader among small-liberal arts colleges in the Northeast (see,  As Co-Director, he has raised over $2.7 million dollars in foundation and institutional support for digital humanities scholarship at Hamilton.  He is also Research Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.  He taught in the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park, from 2003-2008.  Nieves’s scholarly work and community-based activism critically engage with issues of race and the built environment in cities across the Global South.  His co-edited book “We Shall Independent Be:” African American Place-Making and the Struggle to Claim Space in the U.S. was published in 2008.  He is completing a manuscript entitled, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, with the University of Rochester Press for their series “Gender and Race in American History” (forthcoming, 2018).  Nieves is also currently working on a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series and on a special collaborative issue of American Quarterly (2018) on DH in the field of American Studies.  He is co-editor (w/Kim Gallon, Purdue) of a new book series at the University of Georgia Press, The Black Spatial Humanities: Theories, Methods, and Praxis in Digital Humanities.  He serves on the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Information Technology (2016-2019).  He was most recently appointed to the Board of New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-2020).  His digital research and scholarship have been featured on and in Newsweek International.His digital scholarship can be found at