Victoria is in the class of 2019 at Hamilton College. She is an Anthropology major and a Biology minor from Chicago. She joined DHi as a sophomore, and is hoping to use what she learns to further her career in Anthropology as she pursues graduate school.
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Current DHi Students
Clara Cho is a member of the class of 2020 from Summit, New Jersey. She plans to be a history major, and loves playing ultimate frisbee with the Hamilton Hot Saucers team. She joined DHi as a freshman, and is currently working with the American Prison Writing Archive. Clara is hoping to further develop her organizational skills, and to learn more about the digital humanities as a whole. In her downtime, Clara enjoys reading, baking, and running.
Nathaniel Colburn '18 is a creative writing major and computer science minor from Laguna Beach, California. He is excited to begin exploring the infinity of uses for interactive media, especially video games, starting with the Soweto Historical GIS Project. He will learn the technical skills to bring such projects to fruition and aims to become an adept at 3D modeling, coding, and other nuts and bolts. For fun, he surfs (assuming there is an ocean nearby), reads, and games.
Mackenzie is a member of the Class of 2018 from Worcester, MA. She is majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in Government and Women's Studies. She plays softball, club soccer, and club basketball. Mackenzie is working on the Beloved Witness project, a digital archive of the personal writings, readings, and manuscripts of Kashmiri-American poet Agha Shahid Ali. In her involvement with the DHi, she hopes to explore how technology may not only further our understanding of textuality, but actually have the power to forge relationships between creative scholarship and the public.
Samantha is a member of the class of 2018 from Summit, New Jersey. She is majoring in Cinema and Media Studies and Creative Writing. She joined the DHi as a sophomore and is currently working on the Soweto project, mapping a timeline of the Mandela House. She hopes to learn more of the technical skills necessary to pursue her passion for storytelling through the Soweto project and through future work on the Biko and NOLA projects.
Jessie is a member of the class of 2019 and is a Literature major. She is from Kinnelon, New Jersey, and is currently working with Professor Serrano as a student research intern at the DHi on the Guaman Poma Arresting Images Project. This project focuses on an analysis of the relationship between the text and the images in Guaman Poma's book Nueva corónica y buen gobierno. As a student of Spanish, Jessie is particularly excited to study the text of this book, which focuses on the impact of colonization on the Incan and Andean way of life. In her free time, Jessie can be found playing her French horn or the piano, or dancing at the ballet studio.
Petra Elfström is a Creative Writing and Archaeology double major at Hamilton College. She sings in an a cappella group on campus, and often draws and travels with her family in her free time. Combining her love of art and writing with her passion for archaeology, Petra is now working alongside Professor Nathan Goodale and Alissa Nauman to create a short educational film with the aim to present the archaeological practice of the Slocan Narrows Archaeological Project to the general public in an accessible manner. Though the Slocan Narrows site is open to the public and presents its findings every year at a “public day,” the Project was still lacking an informational film that showed the complete archaeological process of the site, including lab analyses and senior theses and not just the field work. They are now working with the DHi to fill this gap in a creative and educational manner. Petra will work on script-writing, creating story-boards, and organizing the different assets already available to include in the film. In addition, Petra will be helping with filming and editing the documentary. She looks forward to increasing her knowledge of filmography as well as her familiarity with the Slocan Narrows site and the culture that it represents.
Matt Goon is a member of the class of 2018 from New Jersey. He is a Computer Science major with interests in many other disciplines including Anthropology, Cinema and New Media Studies, Digital Arts, Economics, and History. He works with Dr. Angel Nieves, Janet Simons, and Greg Lord on all of DHi's technical needs such as student/intern assistance, web development, interactive media, 3D modeling, and virtual environment projects (including Blender and Unity-related tasks). He hopes to apply many of the skills practiced and acquired at DHi to life after college.
Jack Hay is a member of the class of 2019 from Essex, Massachusetts. Jack is a Computer Science major and is working with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto project. He has experience in the field of computer-aided design and architecture as well as coding. His work includes the modeling of houses in ArchiCAD. Jack hopes to work as a software engineer after his time at Hamilton.
Hannah is a member of the class of 2019 from a tiny town in Southwest Iowa. Since the spring of her sophomore year, she has been the Office Manager at the DHi, helping to keep everyone organized and running smoothly. At Hamilton, she is a Creative Writing major and History and Theatre minor. She is fascinated by all types of storytelling, particularly those that use interactive media and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality.
Alexa Merriam is a Creative Writing major and Music minor at Hamilton College. She designed an original DHi project that fuses her passions for experimental storytelling, spirituality, and nature. Her semester in the Hamilton Adirondack Program has further enhanced her project. In collaboration with Director of the Adirondack Program, Professor Janelle Schwartz, and DHi, she is exploring literature that gives insight into so-called “paranormal” phenomena and engaging with the Adirondack community to gather personal accounts and determine what makes the Adirondacks so conducive for spiritual experiences and practices, -- ranging from meditation to astral projection. Alexa is creating an interactive fiction platform inspired by what she has learned and by her own and others' spiritual journeys. Digital media can best represent the sensory elements of accounts that transcend words. By representing a story in the realest way possible, Alexa aims to emphasize the value that obscure subjects like energy healing, astrology, and parapsychology should have in academia.
Alexa's reflections blog can be found at: http://amerriam.dhinitiative.org/
Will Rasenberger is a philosophy major and government minor whose interests include identity formation, political theory, and the theory behind just public policy. He plans to study law following his matriculation from Hamilton College. In addition to his work with the DHi, he is treasurer of the Hamilton College Law Society, and a tutor with Hamilton Reads. His long time interest in social justice and especially hearing the voice of historically silenced groups has led him to collaborate with Professor Larson on his American Prison Writing Archive project. The archive, which is growing all the time, houses essays written by American prisoners, their family members, and correctional officers. Will is responsible, along with student interns, for selecting essays to be archived, collecting metadata about these essays, and transcribing them. Professor Larson's recent grant from the NEH will enable this project to branch out over the coming years in currently unforeseeable ways. Will spent the summer of 2017 at Hamilton College where he continued to help grow, modernize, and expand the reach of the American Prison Writing Archive. Will hopes to gain valuable knowledge of data accumulation and how to leverage data - and digital humanities in general - to pursue worthy social justice objectives.
Baillie Riggs is a member of the class of 2020 at Hamilton College who hopes to double major in Chinese and Religious Studies. She joined the DHi the second semester of her freshman year. She currently assists Professor Bartle on the Refugee Project, gathering interviews and information on refugees in the nearby city of Utica. She hopes to be able to apply what she learns at the DHi to further her knowledge of technology and apply it to life after college.
Jackie Rodriguez is a member of the class of 2018 from Orlando, FL majoring in Government and minoring in Anthropology at Hamilton College. She is currently working with Professor John Bartle of the Russian Studies department on The Refugee Project— a project that has been ongoing for multiple years now. The focus of the project is on collecting oral histories of the various refugees settling in Utica, NY and archiving these stories digitally through the means of transcriptions and video. On top of the oral history component of The Refugee Project, Jackie and Professor Bartle are in the midst of sifting through microfilm of Utica’s past Observer Dispatch articles to find any articles related to refugees or the Refugee Center. The project shall result in a digital archive where oral histories and articles can be easily accessed by any scholar pursuing research on Refugees. Passionate about religion, community, and culture, Jackie has found her interests deeply imbedded within the project. She hopes to further her skills in creating and examining metadata as she continues on with her research.
Jackie's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/rodriguez
Will is a member of the Class of 2018, from Concord, Massachusetts. He is a History major, and started work for the DHi in the spring of his junior year. He is currently working on Voices from the Water’s Edge, and has been learning technical video and audio recording skills to apply to the project. Through his work with the DHi, he plans to gain valuable knowledge about video recording, in hopes of using them in other projects.
Lindsey is a member of the class of 2020 from Houston, Texas. She will most likely be majoring in philosophy or government. She is currently working with Professor Nhora Serrano in her project: Arresting Andean Images: Guaman Poma & Visual Editorialization. She hopes to take this experience to learn new skills, especially in the analysis of images and 2D and 3D models—which she has never done before. Lindsey’s favorite things to do are taking naps, hiking, going to the beach, and reading!
Shen Swartout '18 is a history major and government minor from Denver, Colorado. Her primary area of interest concerns the history of religions. Shen works with Professor Wilson of the history department to further develop his website "The Autumnal Sacrifice to Confucius" as a continuation of his study of the cult of Confucius and Confucian ritual. In her time with the DHi, she hopes to establish valuable skills related to videography and 3D modeling. Such skills, along with the ever-evolving world of Digital Humanities, will enhance the ways in which she can apply her love of history to her time at Hamilton and beyond.
Talia Vaughan is a member of the class of 2018 from Madison, New Hampshire. She is a Religious Studies major with other interests in Anthropology and History. She started her work with the Digital Humanities Initiative in her sophomore year, working first on the NOLA project, transcribing oral histories for use in the collection. She is currently working with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto Project, completing projects such as a timeline of the Mandela family home, mapping of mine hostels surrounding Johannesburg, South Africa, and beginning work on digitizing and preserving artifacts from Soweto. Through her work with the DHi, Talia is hoping to improve her technology skills in order to explore the possibility of documenting and preserving the voices and concerns of minority groups and individuals.
Madelyn Weller is a member of the Class of 2018 from St. Louis, MO. She is a Creative Writing major, with a focus on prose and alternate forms of storytelling. Her hobbies include reading, drawing, and geology. Working with Greg Lord, she has been focused on 3D modeling for virtual reality environments. She hopes to be able to continue experimenting with types of storytelling through virtual reality after graduation.
Former DHi Students
Gabriela Arias—Gabi for short—was born and raised in New York City; however, she has called Wallkill, NY home since 2001. As a member of the first generation of her family to be born in the United States, she is proud of her roots. She considers the African ancestry of Dominicans from across the diaspora central to her identity as a Dominican-American woman. The history and culture of Afro-Latinos fascinates her and is an academic interest which she has been fortunate enough to explore at Hamilton College. An Africana Studies major, Gabi is especially interested in the intersections between institutions of public history and the process of historical preservation in communities across the African diaspora. Throughout her college career, she researched the complex relationship between personal and family histories, particularly in marginalized communities, and their preservation in the archives. For two summers, Gabi held internships where she was engaged in digital archival work and humanities-based technology research. In 2009, she aided in building an online, interactive digital archive dedicated to the 1976 student protests in Soweto, South Africa. Later, she delved into two exciting research based internships. First, at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Gabi processed and digitized their extensive collections on the LGBT Puerto Rican community in New York City. Second, she interned at El Museo del Barrio and aided in the development of their website and potential mobile application. An aspiring archivist, Gabi intended to begin graduate school in the fall of 2011 in a Library and Information Sciences program with an emphasis in cultural heritage archival preservation.
Lauren is a member of the class of 2016 from New York City. She is an English major and Theatre minor and is also interested in French, Music, and History. She joined the DHi as a sophomore and hopes to take what she has learned working in digital media into a career in film production.
Alex Benkhart is a member of the class of 2011 and is a Religious Studies/Asian Studies double major. Alex makes an effort to incorporate digital media into every aspect of his study, having worked independently on examinations of religious visual culture, anime heroines, and the commodification of sex in contemporary Japanese art. Alex has been working closely with Professor Kyoko Omori over the past year to create the Comparative Japanese Film Archive. He says he finds this work very rewarding and hopes to continue with the project until its completion. Alex applied for a Fulbright research grant that would take him to Japan in order to study depictions of homosexuality in Japanese popular culture. Alex’s dream is to ultimately make a documentary on the topic.
Sarah Bither is an Asian Studies major and an Economics and English double minor of the class of 2013. She enjoys studying the complexities of Japanese language and culture and is a self-proclaimed bookworm. Alongside Professor Kyoko Omori, Sarah conducted a comprehensive study of the power and influence of Japanese silent film on the Japanese culture and film industry. Ultimately, she hopes to travel to Japan and continue her research by working closely with rare primary sources. As technology continues to rapidly evolve, Sarah will aim to take advantage of these new technological opportunities and incorporate digital media into her studies. She is confident that the research, analytical, and presentation tools she has developed through DHi will be a tremendous asset to her in whatever career path she pursues, whether it be in humanities or finance.
Alex is in the class of 2017 at Hamilton College. His interdisciplinary major (Technology & Society) explores how technology and society shape each other. He joined the DHi during his sophomore year and has worked on various DHi projects. Through his work with the DHi, Alex is hoping to gain new perspectives on how digital technology and user experience intersect.
Hoang Do ’17 is a Cinema and New Media Studies major at Hamilton College. Hoang worked with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Crossroads in Context short film as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant. The film documents refugees’ involvement in ESL classes in Utica NY, thereby narrating an aspect of their assimilation into American society. Hoang also helped design the Comparative Japanese Film Archive’s interface during the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship (ILiADS) conference, which took place in summer 2015 at Hamilton College. Learning from his experience with Crossroads in Context, Hoang intends to create his own documentary film about the Karen Burmese refugees in Utica. He aims to approach the project on a personal level through recording the daily life of a single Karen refugee, believing that the microcosm of a person’s journey can be telling of macro trends.
Hoang's student reflections essay can be found at: http://dhinitiative.org/students/class/do
Hannah Fine is a member of the class of 2016 at Hamilton College, originally from White Plains, New York. She concentrated in English and Creative Writing, with minors in Cinema & New Media Studies and Mathematics. A lover of all things mediated and technological, she hopes to one day work in television production or fashion public relations. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, Hannah primarily focused on communication, working with social media, newsletters, and publicity. She also worked with the Creative Writing department to create her own unique digital humanities project as a part of her senior thesis.
Alex Gioia is a member of the class of 2014 at Hamilton college from Torrington, CT. He majored in both Mathematics and Communications. Alex spent a semester in New Zealand, where he studied at the University of Otago. The following summer, Alex worked on Professor Amar's project. The project is an in-depth study of Indian sacred centers. Alex learned 3D modelling software and worked with Kenny Ratliff on constructing interactive 3D models of the sacred sites.
Allie Goodman is a member of the class of 2015 from New York City. She majored in American Studies with a minor in Sociology and Cinema and New Media. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative Allie worked with Dr. Nieves on the Soweto Historical GIS (SHGIS) Project, mostly as a research intern. She is exited to continue learning much more about Digital Humanities, DHi's developing role in academic fields, and contribute to the efforts to incorporate Digital Humanities and Digital Scholarship in academia. She is thankful for being able to participate in the initiative!
Kerri Grimaldi majored in English at Hamilton College. As a DHi CLASS scholar, she worked with Professor Patricia O'Neill on The Beloved Witness project--a collaborative digital archive featuring the works of Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Kerri utilized the archive to study the influence of Emily Dickinson's poetry on Shahid's. Kerri's work developed from her interest in the discourse formed between the works of the two poets, evident through Shahid's references to Dickinson. With the skills obtained during her year in DHi's CLASS program, she explored text analysis tools and creating a digital presentation of her research to visually present the intertextual relationship between Shahid’s poetry and Dickinson’s. See Kerri's website and interpretative video. Kerri's Summer 2014 off-campus internship was in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) directed by Ray Siemens at the Universtiy of Victoria. Hamilton News - DH 2014 Conference Poster Presentation by Grimaldi and Simons
Dima Kaigorodov is a member of the class of 2016 from Chisinau, Moldova. His academic interests include Economics, World Politics and Cinema and New Media Studies. He worked on the Refugee Project as a videographer, video editor and creative consultant. While working on the project he hoped to polish his filming and editing skills and learn more about the use of video in the Digital Humanities world.
Mary Lehner '12 graduated from Hamilton College with a concentration in Environmental Studies, with minors in Physics and Math. Her interests are broad ranging and encompass digital and performance art in addition to science. Mary's background in web design, computer programming, graphic design and video led to the position she held for two years as a Rich Media Research and Development Intern in ITS at Hamilton. In that role, she helped faculty and students in research and course projects incorporating multimedia for analysis and/or creative expression. In Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi), Mary's research interests and programming skills combine to assist on the DuraCloud pilot project and digital media research approaches. She consults with ITS and the library in development and testing of cloud storage solutions for DHi faculty research collections and researching applications of mobile devices in field work.
Xinyang Li worked on her project about Confucianism’s role in China. Confucianism has been a school of thought, which is considered as the orthodox thinking of Chinese culture. However, as China develops its economic power, Confucianism serves new roles. It has become a symbol of Chinese culture as Confucian Institutes are established vastly in the Western world. Furthermore, Confucianism has been commercialized in recent decades, serving to attract tourists. Li explored whether Confucianism is losing its essence while it is acting multiple roles or Confucianism coexists with its new roles.
Max Lopez is a member of the class of 2015 and majored in archaeology at Hamilton College. Having been interested in archaeology since a very young age, Max worked with Professor Nathan Goodale on a site in the Slocan Valley of British Columbia. The site consists of a series of pit houses or winter homes for the Native Americans that inhabited it. Max, who had been working with and learning 3D digital modeling software over the previous summer, visited the site and using GPS/GIS technology mapped the pit houses. After that he hoped to create an accurate to life 3D reconstruction of the site that can be walked through and interacted with. Not only will this reconstruction aid in research as a cost effective alternative to a physical reconstruction of the site, but it will also be a new way to get the public involved in the research. Archaeology is a field defined by advancing technology and Max looks to use his knowledge of 3D modeling to continue pushing the field forward in new ways and staying ahead of the curve.After his time as a DHi Student Fellow, Max was accepted into graduate school at both the University of Cambridge and Oxford University. He eventually earned a master's in archaeology at Cambridge University.
Shirley is a member of the class of 2017 from Orange, CT. She majored in Public Policy and minored in Environmental Studies and Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies. She joined the DHi team to read and process essay submissions for the American Prison Writing Archive, led by Professor Doran Larson.
Jack Lyons is a member of the class of 2016, and majored in Asian Studies with a Japanese focus. Since childhood, he has had a profound interest in Japanese culture, especially Samurai. Following this interest, Jack worked with Professor Kyoko Omori on the Japanese silent film, Orochi (1925) & Benshi artists project. For the project, Jack constructed a narrative script in English for the Japanese silent movie, Orochi, and analyzed certain aspects of the movie like its cinematography and the Japanese culture presented in the movie. In addition, Jack also helped create a documentary on the Clinton area that was used in a workshop. During the workshop, Hamilton students were able to create and recite their own Benshi script for the documentary. Jack aimed to not only further his knowledge of the Japanese language and culture through this project, but also to learn more about film and how it is created. Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/the-silent-serpent-understanding-the-role-of-benshi-in-japanese-cinema
Kaitie is a member of the class of 2016, and majored in Mathematics and Art. She is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. She worked as a videographer and video editor at the DHi. Through her experiences at the DHi, she hoped to combine her passions of art and mathematics using the multitude of resources and opportunities that digital media has to offer. In her spare time at Hamilton, she could always be found at the barn or in a practice room, as riding for the Hamilton Equestrian Team and playing violin in the Hamilton College Orchestra were her other two loves- next to learning, of course!
Hailing from Miami, Terri is a member of the class of 2017. An Africana Studies major, Terri worked with Professor Nieves on the Soweto Historical GIS Project. He joined the DHi his junior year in order to learn more about the intersections of technology and history, and how he can utilize his writing skills to share the stories of others. For fun, he likes to unpack the various messages present in Japanese anime and write poetry.
Gabriella Pico is a member of the class of 2016 and majored in Public Policy at Hamilton College. As an American of Cuban descent, the issues of Cuban and Cuban-American women have interested her for many years. In collaboration with Professor Vivyan Adair, the Emerson Grant program, and the DHi, she explored literature and photography by Cuban-American women in an effort to understand how these two cultures influence these women at the micro and meso levels. Gabriella used the skills she had learned in exploring and analyzing the intersections of culture, class, and race in these women’s writings. Her research culminated in a written analysis which she will contribute to an ongoing digital platform in collaboration with Lafayette College’s DHi. This platform aims to make information more accessible to those scholars who, due to structural economic inequalities, find themselves outside of the academy, and unable to engage with scholarly material.
Andrew Powers was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest close to the waters of Puget Sound. At the bright age of 19, he headed east to Middlebury College, where he studied geography under an incredible faculty of daring thinkers. Andrew loves history, maps and transformative technology... Probably why SHGIS is the best job he's ever had. He currently lives in Seattle.
Ujjwal Pradhan worked on The Beloved Witness, a digital humanities project that aims to create a collaborative digital archive for the works of a Kashmiri American poet, Agha Shahid Ali. Shahid ia a famous Kashmiri-American poet who popularized ghazal form of poetry and represented the Kashmiri struggle in his poems. Ujjwal worked with Professor Patricia O’Neill in getting a deeper understanding of Shahid’s works as the archive is being built. Ujjwal worked as a journalist for a national newspaper during his gap year in Nepal, and has keenly followed South Asian geo-politics. With the Witness project, he attempted to use his knowledge to comprehend the Kashmiri struggle through Shahid’s poems. Besides creating an interactive archive interface for readers to learn about Shahid’s life and works, he is also very interested in using the new technology in analyzing literary texts like Shahid’s.
Sydney Rutman is a member of the class of 2013. She majored in Sociology and minored in Education at Hamilton College. She spent a semester studying in Australia at the University of Sydney. She worked with Dr. Erol Balkan on the early (pre-filming) stages of his documentary, "The Euphrates Project." She worked as a production and development intern. Sydney previously interned in the development department at Animal Planet (Discovery Communications) in a past summer and hoped to further her understanding and skills in the media industry.
Philippa (Pippa) Schwarzkopf was the Digital Humanities Initiative's post-baccalaureate research fellow. As a senior DHi Intern, Pippa worked on a variety of oral history projects, both capturing interviews as a videographer and creating archives as a metadata cataloguer. Following graduation, she continued to assist on projects as a videographer, video editor, and creative consultant while training the interns who will continue the DHi's exploration of documentary film as a research component. She is currently pursuing a career in independent film with an interest in multimedia and alternative forms of interactive narrative. Through her work with the DHi, Pippa hoped to improve her technological literacy, further her skills in film production, and gain exposure to a growing field of creative approaches to integrated digital scholarship.
Lauren Scutt is a member of the class of 2017, and majored in Religious Studies and Psychology. Alongside Professor Abhishek Amar, Lauren worked on the “Sacred Centers in India” project. Specifically, Lauren spent time organizing and updating the metadata for Sacred Centers’ archive. Independently, Lauren researched the psychological benefits of funerary rituals (particularly, Gaya-based, sraddha) in confronting the death of loved ones and ones’ self. DHi provided Lauren with an opportunity to further develop her research skills and better present her findings in the digital age. Her second CLASS summer was as an intern at the British Museum working with Professor Michael Willis on the Beyond Boundaries: Religion, Region, Language and the State project. Lauren presented aspects of her research with Professor Amar at Bucknell's Digital Scholarship Conference 2014 and at the Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities at Davidson College 2015. Scutt describes her experiences in this reflection paper.
Lainie Smith is a member of the class of 2016 at Hamilton College. She is originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She concentrated in Creative Writing and minored in Religious Studies. As an intern with the Digital Humanities Initiative, she worked with Professor Abhishek Amar on his “Sacred Centers” project. By working with DHi, Lainie hoped to hone her skills in communications and research and apply her knowledge of innovative digital technology to represent creative ideas.Hamilton News http://www.hamilton.edu/news/story/smith-16-studies-the-practice-of-meditation
Nicolas Sohl is a Southern California native that uses GIS and photography as a medium to highlight the connections between, and use of, our natural, urban, and social environments. Nicolas’s photography has been shown in several solo shows and was featured by National Geographic and CNN. He is a graduate of Middlebury College and his work is enriched by his studies in geography. He currently lives in St. Kitts and Nevis, where he concurrently works with the SHGIS and works as a project manager for on-island development projects. His work with the SHGIS has focused on understanding and visualizing the spatial-temporal dynamics of African neighborhood removals in the 19th and 20th century in order to better understand how forced removals to Soweto effected neighborhood population densities and public health in Johannesburg and Soweto.
Randall Telfer is a member of the class of 2012 at Hamilton College. He majored in both Chinese language and World Politics. He spent a semester abroad at the Minzu University of China located in Beijing, where he studied advanced modern Chinese and Classical Chinese, and also conducted research on the environmental ethics of Confucian, Buddhist, and Daoist teachings. While in China, he also made his debut as an amateur Xiangsheng performer. Back in his hometown of Avon, CT, however, no one wants to see him on a stage of any kind. Telfer joins the Digital Humanities Initiative at Hamilton College with an interest in the Cult of Confucius as well as the relationship between Confucian teachings and the environment.
Tsion Tesfaye is a member of Class of 2016 from Holeta, Ethiopia. During her first year at Hamilton, Tesfaye worked closely with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, particularly with The Newcomer Classroom. By working with The Refugee Project, she hope to learn more about the lives of immigrants in the Utica area and expand her interest in academia. Tesfaye planned to pursue a Math and/or Physics major.
Brynna Tomassone is a member of the class of 2012. She spent her junior year abroad as part of the Hamilton College Academic Year in Spain program. Ms. Tomassone majored in Hispanic Studies and Africana Studies, with a particular interest in the socio-politic-linguistic influence of the African diaspora on women in the Caribbean. Ms. Tomassone delivered a paper entitled 'The Use of Study Abroad in the Development of a Global Multicultural Perspective for Preservice Teachers in both Kenya and the United States' at the International Conference on Education at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa in July, 2011. Additionally, she completed a Culture Liberal Arts and Society Scholar (CLASS) fellowship, working on a Digital Humanities project documenting the Soweto uprising in 1976. In collaboration with Dr. Angel Nieves and his work on the Soweto '76 Digital Archive, Ms. Tomassone hoped to raise awareness to social justice issues by linking global perspectives and the human experience. Ms. Tomassone planned to pursue her scholarly interests in graduate school abroad.
Laura is a member of the class of 2018 and plans to major in Creative Writing with a minor in Art. She works for the Literature and Creative Writing department and joined DHi as a sophomore. Currently, she assists Professor Doran Larson with organizational research and essay transcriptions.
Kevin Xiao majored in Computer Science major and minored in Economics at Hamilton College. He got involved with the Digital Humanities initiative during the second semester of his Junior year while attending "Introduction to Digital Humanities" taught by Prof. Nieves. He assisted Greg Lord with DHi's 3D modeling and virtual environment projects, including Blender and Unity-related tasks.
Melissa Yang is a member of the class of 2014 at Hamilton College. She is a DHi undergraduate scholar. She worked with Professor Kyoko Omori and Sarah Bither on the Comparative Japanese Film Archive, which was started by Professor Omori and Alex Benkhart. Her interest in films and filming techniques was cultivated during her time at Brooklyn Technical High School. At the same time, she picked up an array of skills in manipulative software, which she hopes to add to in the future. Melissa also has an interest in foreign languages. She hoped to study abroad in China and Japan during her junior year to further her language skills. She would like to work on future projects that would put her acquired language skills to use.