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2021 ACH Conference: Consultations & Talk

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The Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) is a major professional society for the digital humanities. We support and disseminate research and cultivate a vibrant professional community through conferences, publications, and outreach activities. ACH is based in the US, but boasts an international membership (as of November 2015, representing 21 countries worldwide). Digital Humanit...
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Visualizing Data Silences

Grappling with missing values in data sets, determining what they mean, and deciding what we should do about them remain challenging tasks for anyone working with data.  Here are a few suggestions, examples, and resources as you begin to explore silences in your own data. Stay tuned for more from the Visualizing Hisotry's Fragments project (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan)! ...
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How to begin your Alt-Ac career search

Maybe you have become disenchanted with academia and/or the academic job search, or you have recently discovered the numerous possibilities outside of the university. Perhaps you have known from the beginning that a different path calls to you, or maybe you’re just curious. Whatever the case may be, read on for tips and suggestions for how to begin your Alt-Ac (Alternative-Academic) job search an...
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Stats for Humanists | Winter 2021 Syllabus

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Course Description This is a learner-centered, project-based, introductory applied statistics course that exemplifies the principle of “data for good,” or putting Data Science and Digital Humanities to work for social justice efforts. Students will choose a data set that is personally meaningful and work with others who are interested in the same issue to generate evidence-based, statistic...
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Ink blood

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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 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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Sketch by Ashley Sanders What is vulnerability butletting your heart step nakedinto another's handand waiting with 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 ...
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Chasing monsters in the dark

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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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