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Organized by: Kelvin Smith Library at Case Western Reserve University 
Presented in collaboration with: River Campus Libraries at University of Rochester
Vanderbilt University and Washington University in St. Louis Libraries

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The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship Colloquium: Pedagogy and Practices will bring together both faculty and librarians across disciplines to discuss instructional methodologies and strategies for using digital tools in humanities, science, and social science classrooms.  Our diverse group of presenters from institutions across the United States and Canada will be presenting on a wide range of topics, including:

  • collaborating with students on digital projects (e.g. digital archives, text mining, game design, GIS)
  • enhancing field research by using mobile applications for data collection
  • supporting faculty and student digital scholarship through libraries’ and specialized centers’ efforts
  • collaborations between faculty and librarians to support digital scholarship efforts in the classroom

The Colloquium will feature presentations, panels, and unconference sessions.  All activities will take place at the Kelvin Smith Library on Case Western Reserve's campus.  For descriptions of the sessions, click here.


We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:

Ryan Cordell

Dr. Ryan Cordell
Assistant Professor of English, Northeastern University

Ryan Cordell is Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and Core Founding Faculty Member in the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks ( His scholarship focuses on convergences among literary, periodical, and religious culture in antebellum American mass media. Prof. Cordell is collaborating with colleagues in English, History, and Computer Science on the NEH-funded Viral Texts project (, which is using robust data mining tools to discover borrowed texts across large-scale archives of antebellum texts. These “viral texts” help us to trace lines of influence among antebellum writers and editors, and to construct a model of viral textuality in the period. Cordell is currently a Mellon Fellow of Critical Bibliography at the Rare Book School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He also serves as vice president of the Digital Americanists scholarly society; is Co-Editor-in-Chief of centerNet’s forthcoming new journal, DHCommons (; and writes about technology in higher education for the group blog ProfHacker at the Chronicle of Higher Education (

Paul Fyfe

Dr. Paul Fyfe
Assistant Professor of English, NC State University

Dr. Fyfe’s research areas include British Victorian literature, nineteenth-century book and media history, scholarly communications, and a broad spectrum of digital humanities practices. He has just completed a book on representations of the metropolis and accidents in nineteenth-century literature, and is now developing projects including: “Victorian Telecommunication,” a hybrid print and digital exploration of the consequences of writing in a new era of steam transport and electric communications media; a reader of critical essays in book history; and an interdisciplinary project to virtually reconstruct Queen Victoria's garden pavilion as an interactive three-dimensional model. He teaches courses in digital humanities as well as British and Victorian literature. As the Coordinator of Digital Humanities for the English department, he is organizing a graduate certificate in digital humanities and helping facilitate workshops and events across the Triangle Digital Humanities Network including NC State University, UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and the National Humanities Center.  You can follow him on twitter at @pfyfe.

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Past Colloquia:



  • Freedman Fellows 2011 Announced
  • Freedman Fellows Program 2011
  • Freedman Center Fellow Program 2010
  • Freedman Fellows 2009 Announced

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