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.
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.
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 sophomore at Hamilton, and is 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.
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 currently works with Dr. Angel Nieves and Greg Lord on DHi's 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.
Shirley is a member of the class of 2017 from Orange, CT. She is a Public Policy major with minors in Environmental Studies and Jurisprudence, Law and Justice Studies. She joined the DHi team in January to read and process essay submissions for the American Prison Writing Archive, led by Professor Doran Larson.
Hannah is a member of the class of 2019 from a tiny town in Southwest Iowa. Since spring of her sophomore year she’s been the Office Manager at the DHi, helping to keep everyone (especially Janet) organized and running smoothly. At Hamilton, she’s majoring in Creative Writing and minoring in History and Theatre. She’s fascinated by all types of storytelling, particularly those that use interactive media and emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality.
Amarilys is a HEOP scholar from Miami and hopes to concentrate in Biology and Hispanic studies. She teaches Spanish at the local elementary school and is a part of the sidekick program. Amarilys also participates with the Outing club on various trips and is on the Trop Sol dance team which focuses on various styles of Latin dance such as bachata, salsa, meringue, tango and many more. Amarilys is currently working with Professor Nhora Serrano of the Literature department on the Arresting Andean Images: Guaman Poma & Visual Editorialization project which focuses on Felipe Guaman Poma de Ayala’s book “El primer nueva crónica y buen gobierno.” This is a letter written around 1615 to the king of Spain, Phillip the third with over 300 drawings depicting his messages and holds one of the few accounts we have today of Inca civilization and the conquest of Peru by the Spaniards. In this project, Amarilys is analyzing the relationships between image and text and bringing them to life by creating 2-D animations of several images within the book. She hopes to bring more accessibility and understanding of this Colonial Latin American text through this project.
Hailing from Miami, Terri is a member of the class of 2017. An Africana Studies major, Terri is working 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.
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 is looking forward to the summer, when he will stay up at Hamilton College and continue 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 freshman 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.
Will is a member of the Class of 2018, from Concord, Massachusetts. He is a History major, and started work for the DHi this semester. 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 is hoping 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!
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.
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.