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Sunday, October 7 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Wide Open Spaces: Evaluating Digital Humanities and Access in Rural Communities

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In the summer of 2018, I began “The Music that Built the West,” a digital project focused on uncovering musical narratives of marginalized populations on the American Frontier and sharing those narratives with a frontier audience using digital technologies. In this presentation, I will use the “Music that Built the West” as a case study to examine how digital humanists can design their projects to alleviate the unique challenges faced by rural communities: specifically, physical distance to archival resources and cognitive distance from the subject matter. The presentation will evaluate how these challenges are addressed through digital tools including the curation of a digital exhibit featuring historically informed fictionalized musical narratives (presented using Arc GIS Story Maps), an archive of musical artifacts and stories from the Frontier, operation of several social media accounts, and the creation of digitally available lesson plans for K-12 educators.


Sunday October 7, 2018 10:15am - 11:45am
Room 241

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