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Saturday, October 6 • 3:45pm - 4:45pm
History, Poetry, and Place: Recovering the Lost Voices of the Eighth Ward

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Digital scholarship has tremendous potential for public engagement when it forges connections to real communities and cultivates a broader culture of care. In this presentation, we discuss our efforts and success in generating care among both college students and Harrisburg residents by connecting the scholarship of the Digital Harrisburg Initiative to a public humanities program known as “Poetry in Place.” The work of the former has generated historical maps of the city in GIS and the names of thousands of individual citizens whose lives and residences were recorded in the US federal censuses, while the latter has used digital data as a starting point for workshops in which youth and adults voice their own perspectives of the city and its past through poetry. Our collaboration has connected our college students to real communities beyond data entry and GIS, and connected Harrisburg residents to a real local history through poems.


Saturday October 6, 2018 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Walls Lounge

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