Lessons at a Conference

On November 14 and 15, RRCHNM hosted a conference to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Current faculty, staff, and graduate students were joined by former members of the center and guests from throughout the United States. Over the two days, we enjoyed brief presentations and unconference-style sessions on a variety of topics. Early this year, the […]

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On Losing the Past

A common question in digital humanities, particularly digital history, is whether or not to preserve as much as possible, and how to accomplish that preservation. The debate has strong arguments on both sides and applies equally to born-digital and analogue materials. During a recent trip to Harpers Ferry, however, I witnessed a more physical and […]

2014. Note the expansion carved in the left wall of the tunnel.

Difference and Creativity

This morning, I had breakfast with an older friend who spent his long career moving through public and private education systems from Tennessee to California. His own education began in biology, but he spent most of his career in administration, solving problems and developing innovative educational approaches. He worked as a high school teacher and […]


When We Don’t Learn From History

I am a pretty disturbed by the media focus on the Middle East conflict, and unbalanced descriptions of the conflict. More importantly, I am mortified by the recent commitment from Western nations to conduct bombings and warfare in Iraq and Syria. Years ago, similar arguments were made about intervening with Afghanistan and Iraq. Two years […]

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Looking Forward in the Rearview

When I applied to the PhD program in history at George Mason University, I did not know about the Digital History Fellowship. I had researched PhD programs that might offer a chance to work in digital history, and identified GMU and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media as the best option for […]


Save All The Things

This post is a straightforward and shameless endorsement for the Camscanner app. Not all tools are made for everyone. I wouldn’t recommend the tools I use to everyone. But this is different. I can find no reason that any scholar should avoid Camscanner. It’s amazingly easy to use, it has a host of useful features, […]

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Two values in one column. Imagine trying to sort by last name.

Spreadsheets for Historians

Historians’ Spreadsheet Many scholars, even historians, use spreadsheets for tasks such as grading or accounting. Some might use programs such as Microsoft’s Excel Spreadsheets, while others use Google Spreadsheets or even Open Office. Regardless of which program we use, spreadsheets are powerful tools that allow us to collect and query information. In most tasks for […]


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That Doesn’t Count

Today, on the final day of Rebuilding the Portfolio: Digital Humanities for Art Historians, we are discussing scholarly communication. I think it’s the most important topic we’ve covered. One of our guest instructors is Joan Fragaszy Troyano, who opened the day with a discussion of communication in art history. When Joan asked our participants to […]