5CollDH Kick-Off Celebration

On Friday, September 26th, students, faculty and staff from the Five Colleges joined us at Amherst College’s Frost Library to usher in the start of another year with the Five College Digital Humanities program.

Director Marisa Parham inaugurated the three-hour long event with a brief introduction to the digital humanities and the Five College DH community. Lightning talks, presented by 5CollDH project PIs and students, followed. Each talk highlighted the diverse number of humanists in, modes of inquiry utilized, and critical issues explored by our projects, as well as the highs and lows of each intellectual process. The event culminated with a soiree, where attendees had a chance to mingle, and stop by for our Student Fellowship/Microgrant, and Faculty/Staff Grants information sessions.

If you missed or want to relive the celebration, below you’ll find tweets from the event and screen-capture lectures from our program director Marisa Parham and our fantastic project presenters.


Check out our photos from the event! You can find more at the Five Colleges Flickr account.
Photo credit: Kimberly Bain and Francis Phan.


View more tweets from the event on our Storify:

Zine Scenes

Leslie Fields (Director of Archives and Special Collections, Mount Holyoke College), Alana Kumbier (Critical Social Inquiry and Digital Projects Librarian, Hampshire College), and Michele Hardesty (Assistant Prof. of U.S. Literatures in the HACU School at Hampshire College), PIs of the Zine Scenes Project, on the first stages of their project, the struggles of creating a born-digital resource and their hopes for their Fall 2016 course about feminist zines.

Historic Dress Project

Elisa Lanzi (Digital Strategies and Services Director, Smith College) and Kiki Smith (Professor of Theater, Smith College), PIs of the Historic Dress Project, bring the physical to the digital as they discuss their development of an online compendium of historic garments.

Project SHHARE

De vídeo en español:

Una charla rápida con Rogelio Miñana (Professor de Estudios Latinos/as en Mount Holyoke College), director de Project SHHARE, un proyecto de Five College Digital Humanities. Project SHHARE construye un archivo de historias orales bilingües de comunidades Latinos/as en el Pioneer Valley.


Video in English:

Rogelio Miñana (Professor of Latino/a Studies at Mount Holyoke College), PI of Project SHHARE, on developing an archive of bilingual oral histories from Latino/a communities in the Pioneer Valley.

Valley Women’s History Collaborative

Laura Lovett (Associate Professor of History, UMass Amherst), PI of the Valley Women’s History Collaborative, discusses the struggles of collaboration, the disappearance of women’s history in the valley, and the critical importance of student involvement.

Pompeii Quadriporticus

Eric Poehler (Assistant Professor of Classics, UMass Amherst), PI of the Pompeii Quadriporticus Project, on four years of archeological work, technology, and why the study of the Quadriporticus is more important than it’s ever been before.


Jon Caris (Director of the Spatial Analysis Lab, Smith College), a PI of AIRLab, launches A(erial)I(nnovation)R(obotics)Lab, an initiative that explores drones in the humanities.

5CollDH Faculty Fellowships

Caro Pinto (LITS Liaison at Mount Holyoke College), PI of the 5CollDH Faculty Fellowships, talks about “people, not projects” and organizing seminars that teach faculty about digital literacies.

The Space of Mexico City

Jeffrey Moro (Senior Post-Bac, 5CollDH), a collaborator on The Space of Mexico City, displays just a few of the images SoMeC navigates as a project exploring born-digital research and undergraduate pedagogy.

Institute for Curatorial Practice

James Kelleher (Student, Hampshire College), an intern at Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum as part of the Institute for Curatorial Practice, talks Japanese prints, curation in the digital age, and pyrotechnics.

LGBT Rights in the Americas Timeline

Kelcy Shepherd (Director of Digital Programs, Forst Library, Amherst College) and Gretchen Gano (Social Science Librarian, Frost Library, Amherst College), PIs of the LGBT Rights in the Americas Project, give us the language to understand LGBT* Rights as not only a movement in the United States, but also as a struggle happening throughout all of the Americas and the wider globe.

Modern Technology / Ancient Manuscripts

Michael Penn (Professor of Religion, Mount Holyoke College), PI of Modern Technology / Ancient Manuscripts, gives us “180 seconds of something completely different” as he talks about developing a digital tool to classify and identify handwriting in ancient manuscripts.