In the Fall 2014 semester, we will be hosting a series of Digital Humanities workshops in conjunction with the Graduate Studies division of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. These workshops will be open to currently enrolled graduate students at no cost, but there is a limited number of spaces available. Please contact the program director of your area to apply.

The series includes 5 workshops and students must attend all 5. No academic credit will be given for attendance, but attendees will receive a certificate of completion for the series.

Workshops will be held on the following Saturday mornings, 9am to noon, in Falvey Memorial Library:

Scroll down for descriptions and instructor bios.

To apply, please contact the graduate program director in your area. If you have questions about the series, please contact

Introduction to Digital Humanities

  • An introduction to the field of Digital Humanities and overview of some projects.
  • Instructor: Mitch Fraas
    Mitch Fraas is Curator, Digital Research Services at the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also Co-Director of the Penn Digital Humanities Forum. At Penn, Mitch is responsible for manuscripts 1500-1800 as well as a variety of projects with a special focus on digital humanities. He holds doctoral and masters degrees in history from Duke University and earned his bachelor's degree at Boston College. His doctoral dissertation examined the legal culture of British India in the 17th and 18th centuries, arguing for the existence of a unified early modern British imperial legal culture whether in Philadelphia, Bombay, or London. In addition to the history of law and imperialism, he takes an active interest in cartography, the history of printing and the book, the digital humanities, as well as the future of scholarly publishing and copyright.
  • Slides (pdf)

Coding Basics

  • This workshop will focus on the beginning fundamentals of programming languages.  Concepts that occur in most commonly-used programming languages will be illustrated and demonstrated in Processing, a free and Open Source programming language and development environment designed to cultivate programming literacy with a focus on digital humanities and visual arts programming.
    Participants will complete a few simple programming exercises following along as concepts are taught, and will learn to write a simple Processing program, which can then be easily featured on a webpage. Finally, several advanced examples of digital humanities projects using programming will be shown, to highlight the potential of programming used effectively and appropriately in digital humanities scholarship.
  • Instructor: Katherine Lynch
    Katherine Lynch is the Senior Digital Library Applications Developer for Temple University Libraries in Philadelphia, PA.  She has worked as a developer in higher education for over seven years and has co-facilitated Digital Humanities workshops at Temple University and THATCamp Philly.
  • Slides (pdf) & coding samples (zip folder)

Audio Editing

  • This workshop will provide a basic understanding of digital audio and how it can be manipulated for digital humanities projects. We’ll review applications available for recording, basic editing and incorporating sound files into projects (podcasts, oral histories, etc.). Examples of projects using sound will be presented and discussed. Audio files will be provided, allowing participants to complete some basic editing while at the workshop.
  • Instructor: Lisa Kruczek
    Lisa earned her B.A. in Media Arts from Duquesne University and has over twenty years of experience in video and audio production. She recently received her M.L.I.S. in Archival Studies from Drexel University. She has worked at several area institutions including Villanova University, Campbell’s Soup Company, Drexel University and currently for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Lisa has enjoyed utilizing her production skills to create components for Digital Humanities projects at various organizations.
  • Slides (pptx)

WordPress Beyond the Basics

  • In this session, you'll learn to go beyond the basics of WordPress blogging and explore ways to make any WordPress site more robust. We'll use custom fields and taxonomies, advanced plugins, and some basic coding to customize and take your WordPress site to the next level.
  • Instructor: Mike Tedeschi
    Mike is an interactive user-interface, user-experience designer with over seven years of professional experience working with web, mobile, other interactive touch-screen devices. He advocates for users, develops awesome prototypes, and designs the experience and visuals to build apps that are both helpful and beautiful. Mike currently works for Azavea as their Lead UI/UX Designer, and is available for contract projects via Interactive Mechanics. Follow Mike on Twitter @mike_tedeschi
  • Tech requirements: You will need to bring your own laptop for this workshop with WordPress and either WAMP (Windows) or MAMP (Mac) already installed. There will not be time to install software on the morning of the workshop!
    *Instructions for Windows
    *Instructions for Macs


  • This class will present a broad overview of Geographic Information Systems in the field of Digital Humanities.  This class will discuss how GIS is used, how to collect and assemble GIS data and what GIS tools are available. A tutorial will provide hands on experience on finding the right GIS data, basic GIS analysis and map production.
  • Instructor: Sarah Cordivano
    Sarah Cordivano is a Project Manager for the Data Analytics team at Azavea.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree from Temple University in Geography and Urban Studies and a masters in Urban Spatial Analytics program from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has done consulting work as well as digitizing and georeferencing of excavation sites for the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.  She is a co-organizer of GeoPhilly, a local meetup for map enthusiasts.
  • Materials on Google Drive