Stories of the Susquehanna: Digital Humanities, Spatial Thinking, and Telling the historia of the Environment

2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT October 9, 2012

We encourage faculty, instructional technologists, librarians and others from the NITLE Network who are interested in local civic engagement, mapping, storytelling, environmental studies, and digital humanities to attend this seminar. Attendance by institutional teams is encouraged; individuals are also welcome to participate. (Times EDT)

Collaborative student-faculty research projects centered in the locale of residential liberal arts colleges let students engage in a variety of learning experiences and high impact practices including undergraduate research, civic engagement, and multidisciplinary approaches to complex problems. Students at Bucknell University, as part of the Stories of the Susquehanna Valley Project, gathered stories from the Marcellus Shale region in the Susquehanna watershed of how the boom in natural gas drilling is transforming communities and cultural landscapes. This seminar will explore the possibilities digital humanities offers students to incorporate technologies such as ArcGIS and Google Earth into storytelling of their environment. Focusing on the full length of the Susquehanna River, Katherine Faull, Professor of German and Humanities and Alf Siewers, Associate Professor of English at Bucknell University, will provide examples and lead discussion of how students’ digital learning may foster cooperation between universities, public agencies (local, regional and national) and NGOs in successful efforts to raise environmental awareness.

  • Katherine Faull, Professor of German and the Humanities at Bucknell University. Dr. Faull has taught at Bucknell University since 1986. A transplant from the West of England to Central Pennsylvania, Faull brought with her a love of landscape and an awareness of its influence on the cultures of those who inhabit it. Faull’s training in 18th century German intellectual history and paleographical skills equipped her to take on the translation and edition of manuscript materials from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pa. Her most recent translation is of the Moravian Mission Diaries 1742-55 from Shamokin, Pa. (today, Sunbury) which provides a fascinating look at the daily life of the capital of the Woodlands Indians in the period leading up to the French-Indian war. She has published 4 book-length works, numerous articles in leading journals, and speaks regularly and gladly on the topic of her latest research project. Faull’s students have published with her their mapping research that combines latest technologies with primary source research.
  • Alf Kentigern Siewers. Dr. Siewers is an Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty Member in Environmental Studies at Bucknell University. His work focuses on environmental humanities. He has published a monograph and articles on ecocriticism and ecosemiotics, and has edited a new forthcoming collection entitled Reimagining Nature. For a number of years he covered regional environmental issues for the Chicago Sun-Times. The focus of his current Susquehanna work is a book project on early literary imaginings of nature in the region, including writings of Joseph Priestley, Samuel Coleridge, and James and Susan Fenimore Cooper. He is co-editor with Katherine Faull of the new book series Stories of the Susquehanna Valley, and with her supervised student work on designation of the Susquehanna River as part of the national historic trail system.

Registration for this event is closed. (Participation in NITLE Shared Academics events is open to all active member institutions of the NITLE Network as a benefit of membership and as space allows. No additional registration fee applies.)


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