The Freedman Fellows Program is funded and supported by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Kelvin Smith Library and the Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman. This annual award is given to full-time faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest (e.g., data sets, digital texts, digital images, databases), involve the use of digital tools and processes, and have clearly articulated project outcomes.
Cynthia Beall, Professor of Anthropology, proposes to implement and store a digital database on the human biology of high-altitude populations. The goal of her project, Digital Database on High-altitude Human Biology, is to create a searchable, expandable electronic database for research that will provide links to relevant online resources.
Mark Pedretti, Lecturer, Department of English, will examine literature about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima as marked by its attention to descriptions of place, direction, and modes of transportation--serving little apparent narrative or thematic purpose, this project asks about their function as a way of commemorating the devastated city. This project, titled Cartography as Memory in Hiroshima Literature, uses geospatial information systems to map the written place-designators from Ibuse Masuji’s Black Rain on to maps of Hiroshima in order to demonstrate how cartography functions as a form of historical memory, while also generating an interactive digital platform for students to explore the landscape of a former city.
For more information please contact Roger Zender, Team Leader, Digital Learning and Scholarship.