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Ink blood

Black ink splatter on a white page
I am feeling brave this morning - brave enough to write - to spill my ink blood on the physical and digital pages that lie before me waiting to soak it up, to be filled with meaning. That very notion, that my words may have such power, causes me to hesitate. Who am I to think I wield words and ideas with such skill? And yet, they are in me, brewing, stewing, ready to overflow the confines of mind...
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Freedom

Black and white image of a person holding a balance scale in each hand to indicate weighing decisions
Freedom is accepting and acting on one's right to choose.--Ashley Sanders This definition takes as axiomatic an innate right to make choices about one's life. An absence of this right implies a lack of freedom. It implies the responsibility involved when accepting that one has a right to make decisions and that those decisions necessarily have effects and consequences. When making a choice,...
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Vulnerability

Sketch of an open hand, palm facing up
Sketch by Ashley Sanders What is vulnerability butletting your heart step nakedinto another's handand waitingwith held breathand knotted stomachwonderingif your heart will be crushedbefore your very eyesorif your intuition was correctand the other will cradle and protectthe precious gift you've shared. Trust Trust is earned when the otherhas proven to be a careful guardianof your heart t...
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Chasing monsters in the dark

Only yellow eyes visible in a black background
Eyes blink sleepily openstaring at the hazy figuresas they slowly come into focus,fuzzy, gray blurs becomingdefined multi-hued crisp linessharpened by the sun's dawning light.The drift between twilight and dawn was filled with memory-dreams,bright, fevered desiresthat grew like the monstrous shadows,beckoning me deeper into the dark.Adrift in the sea of night, I could not resist their siren's...
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Social Media Data Analytics | Spring 2019 Syllabus

Course Description: This class will help you develop data mining and social media analysis skills using Python 3. It will also ask you to think critically about the ethical use of social media data. This is a hands-on, interdisciplinary data analytics class for those who have at least a casual familiarity with Python. If you haven’t taken a course on Python, you will want to complete “Learn Py...
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Power and Authority on the Early American Frontier: Explorations with Text Analysis | Fall 2019 Syllabus

Course Description: This is an upper division Digital Humanities course that teaches text analysis, employing both user friendly tools and Python. We apply these techniques to study the history of Native- and Euro- American interactions in the present-day Midwest between 1776 and 1820. What did the Native American communities think, feel, and do in response to Euro-American incursion and ...
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DH 150 Winter 2019 Syllabus

Power and Authority on the Early American Frontier: Explorations with Text Analysis   Instructor: Dr. Ashley Sanders Garcia (Prof. Garcia) Meeting Times: Tuesday & Thursday, 9:00-10:50am | Winter 2019 Location: Rolfe Hall Learning Lab (Rolfe 2118) Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00 & Wednesdays 9:00-11:00 (323 Royce) Course Description: What did the Native American communities...
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DH 101 Fall 2018 Syllabus

DH 101: Introduction to Digital Humanities Instructor: Dr. Ashley Sanders Garcia (Prof. Garcia) Office Location: Royce 323 Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm | Wednesdays 9:00-11:00am Email: asandersgarcia[at]g[dot]ucla[dot]edu TAs: Dustin O’Hara | Craig Messner Course Website:          https://tinyurl.com/F18-DH101   Course Des...
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Backward Design for Digital Project – Course Integration

  This 45-minute presentation will provide participants with a road map for planning a course that incorporates, or is built around, a digital humanities project based on the principles of "backward design." This talk will cover the basics of backward design, how to stage a digital humanities project, choose a project stage for course integration, and scaffold the necessary knowledge and s...
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