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2020-2021 Events

New Voices in DH” Digital Humanities Symposium, aka “DH@OU5”. Organized by Darren Purcell, Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma, and Caroline Schroeder from Classics and Letters and the University of Oklahoma. Event takes place October 22 and 23, live on Zoom. Presenters are Kalenda Eaton, University of Oklahoma; Sylvia Fernandez Quintanilla, University of Kansas; Christy Hyman, University of Nebraska; Jennifer Isai, Penn State University; Caitlin A. Marley, Bowling Green State University; Aparna Nair, University of Oklahoma; Dhanashree Thorat, Mississippi State University; Kevin Winstead, Penn State University. The event is co-sponsored by the departments of Classics and Letter, the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability, and the College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and the AGS Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The OU Arts and Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President and the Provost. For accommodations and more information contact Anna Reser at


"New Voices in DH"

DH@OU5 Digital Humanities Symposium (DH@OU5)

October 22 & 23 2020

2 - 3:30 PM Central Time



• Darren Purcell, Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, University of Oklahoma

• Caroline Schroeder, Professor of Classics & Letters, University of Oklahoma


Kalenda Eaton (University of Oklahoma), “"What is this for?” Exploring the Purpose(s) of Digital Humanities in the Classroom”

Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla (University of Kansas), “Intervening in the (Neo)Colonial Digital Cultural Record of Geopolitical Borderlands”

Christy Hyman (University of Nebraska), “Abstract|Concretize|Simplify: The Tensions of Critical GIS and Historical Geography”

Jennifer Isasi (Penn State University), “A pilot experiment for multilingual DH contexts: Sentiment Analysis in Translation”

Caitlin Marley (Bowling Green State University), “Ciceronian Networks: A New Approach to Old Letters”

Aparna Nair (University of Oklahoma), “Digital Humanities in Disability Studies/History”

Dhanashree Thorat (Mississippi State University), “Racial Terror and Infrastructural Imperialism”

Kevin Winstead (University of Delaware), “Hope in Hopeless Times: Social Movements from a Black Perspective”


This symposium is co-sponsored by the Dept. of Classics & Letters, the Dept. of Geography & Environmental Sustainability, and the College of Atmospheric & Geographic Sciences and the AGS Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The OU Arts & Humanities Forum is supported by the Office of the Senior Vice President & Provost.

“Book Miracles in the Middle Ages”

Fall 2020; Date TBA

A Virtual Lecture Free and Open to the Public

Event Co-Sponsored with the Department of English

Join us for a free virtual public lecture by Marlene Hennessy, Associate Professor of English, Hunter College, City University of New York.

Medieval exempla and saints’ lives recount numerous stories of book miracles in which the codex plays a central role. The arm of a saint glows in the dark with a numinous light so that he may copy manuscripts well into the night. The Virgin Mary appears to point out errors in a text, or supplies parchment to a scribe. Books fall into a river, only to emerge miraculously unscathed, or they leap from the flames to avoid burning. One doubting priest near Hailes Abbey finds the letters in his service book dripping with blood. This presentation will survey a range of narratives that demonstrate how books were often believed to be “living” and endowed with indwelling personality. Dr. Hennessy will explore the ways in which ideas about book production from scribal aesthetics to manuscript metaphors intersected with hagiography and miracle tales during the period.

"The Origins of Environmental Discourse in Brazil"

Fall 2020; Date TBA

A Virtual Presentation Free to the Public

Event Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Studies Program

Join us for a virtual public lecture by Rex P. Nielson, Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, Brigham Young University.

This virtual presentation will discuss the origins of Brazil’s environmental discourse, specifically in relation to national anxieties about water resources at the turn of the twentieth century. Narratives of drought have been connected to the Brazilian Northeast since the nineteenth century, despite the fact that the tragic effects of drought extend to every region of Brazil. A key writer whose work influenced the development of ecological thought in Brazil is Euclides da Cunha (1866-1909) and his 1901 essay, “The Desert Makers” contributes to our understanding of land conservation and development by providing a unique assessment of drought located in the Brazilian Southeast. As heated discussions over water rights, dams, and desertification remain at the forefront of public environmental discourse in Brazil, “The Desert Makers” explores the causes of drought while simultaneously critiquing Brazil’s neocolonial aspirations at the beginning of the twentieth century.

"Brocade Pictures and Best Sellers: Japanese Popular Print Culture of the Edo Period (1615-1868)"

September 28, 2020


A Virtual Presentation Free to the Public

Event will be moderated by 2019-2020 Forum Fellow Joshua Frydman. Quintana Heathman is an art historian focusing on early modern Japan. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and her BA and MA in art history from Boston University. From 2009–2011 she was a Japanese government research fellow (MEXT) at Gakushūin University.  Quintana has worked in Asian curatorial departments at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Harvard Art Museums.  She is currently a curatorial assistant at the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, UC Davis.

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