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“Visual Effects in Film – Art, Craft, and (Sometimes) Bad Movies”

On Friday, February 17th in Kresge Auditorium at 12:30- 1:30 pm, Dave Fogler, a Bowdoin alumnus of 1990, will be accompanied by the Industrial Light + Magic in 1997 as a miniature model maker on Starship Troopers. During his eight years in ILM’s traditional model shop, Dave contributed to eight motion pictures including Star Wars: Episodes I and IIGalaxy QuestArtificial Intelligence: AI, and Pearl Harbor. In 2005, Dave transitioned to digital modeling and texturing for Star Wars: Episode III and has gone on to supervise the work on all five Transformers films, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullAvatarPacific Rim, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Currently, Fogler is the Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on Transformers: The Last Knight.

A Maine native, Fogler has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and a Masters of Fine Arts from The University of California at Berkeley.

Logistics: Friday, February 17th in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center at 12:30- 1:30 pm.

European Summer University in Digital Humanities


From July 18- 28, 2017 the Leipzig Summer University will offer a unique space for the discussion and acquisition of new knowledge, skills, and competences in computer technologies which are essential in Humanities Computing. The eleven days of this Summer University will include an intensive program that consists of workshops, teaser sessions, public lectures, regular project presentations, a poster session and a panel discussion. Furthermore, the Summer University aims to confront the “Gender Divide,” the under- representation of women in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Germany and other parts of the world. Application deadlines and more information can be found at their website linked below:

DCS-Related Conference and Workshop Opportunities!

Early Modern Digital Agendas: Network Analysis

This two-week, July 17- 28, 2017, institute expands on the growing interest and expertise in the field of Network Analysis and its scholarly applications for early modern scholars. The focus of this institute is on the best practices for building and curating network analysis projects while ensuring that each participant comes away with their own understanding of how such work fits into the broader developments within the disciplinary fields of early modern studies and Digital Humanities. Participants are shown practical skills and methods that can be contributed to their own work. The visiting faculty are exciting people working in the United Staes, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Location: Folger Institute Washington, DC. Application Deadline: March 1, 2017.



Digital Humanities Summer Workshop 

The University of Guelph is hosting a series of 4-day workshops on topics related to digital humanities research and teaching from May 8 -11, 2017. Available workshops include: Introduction to Code/ Art and Visualization, Minimal Computing for Humanities Scholars, 3D Modeling, Getting Going with Scholarship Online, Online Public Intellectual Work through Social Media, An Introduction to Augmented Reality, Spatial Humanities, Get Down with Your Data, Omeka Workshop, Introduction to Digital Humanities Pedagogy, Making Manuscripts Digital, Integrating Archival Research into the Classroom, and XSLT for Digital Editions. Explore their website for an in-depth look at  each individual workshop! Registration Early Bird Deadline: April 1st and Registration Open until: May 1, 2017.

Five Day Coding School 

Interested in learning text encoding methods and their applications in the Digital Humanities in the context of an active digital archive project? Pitt- Greensburg’s Coding School is offering a Coding School from June 27th- July 1, 2017. Participants learn and reflect on the encoding of markings on manuscript material, as well as the auto- tagging enormous and complicated texts with regular expression matching. You are asked to indicate your data analysis and visualizaiton background that way both beginning and advanced coders will have an opportunity to learn something new at their respective level. The focus is to share knowledge of TEI XML and related humanities computing practices with all serious scholars interested contributing to the project. Email Indication of interest Deadline: email: by April 3, 2017. Registration fees Deadline: May 15, 2017.


Visualizing for Justice- Creative, Critical and Contestational Mapping

This two hour event is open to the public on April 5, 2017 at Emerson College. In order to attend you’re required to book a ticket and register your details in advance. Infographics, data visualizations, and mapping for civic engagement advocacy have grown in popularity due to the rise of Big Data, freedom of information, and user- friendly software. The rise in data visualization increases the opportunity for information re- use, increased transparency, and new forms of civic participation. Yet challenges with security, tracking down hard to find information, and more often leads to ambiguous data.  Event includes short presentations of recent data visualization and mapping work from critical cartographers, journalists, designers and social justice campaigners.

Humanitarian Technology Conference 2016

DCS Co-director Crystal Hall sat down with Samantha Valdivia (Class of 2019) to talk about the Humanitarian Technology 2016 Conference in Boston, MA. DCS has established a small travel fund for students who wish to supplement their coursework with an experience at a regional conference. Using these funds along with mini-grant support from the Roberts Fund, Sam attended one day of the conference this summer.

Professor Hall: How would you describe the conference? Who was there, what were they doing, what did you do?

Sam: I attended the Humanitarian Technology Conference (HTC) on the second day of the three day conference. It was located in the Revere Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. This environment was filled with innovators and intellectuals whose life work was to pursue philanthropic goals through the scope of technology. Involved in this conversation were professors, graduates students, military veterans, and representatives of private companies and philanthropic organizations like Microsoft, IBM, Oxfam, and the Electronic Telecommunications Cluster.

The HTC event sparked my interest because I desired to learn more about the different types of humanitarian efforts taking place in the real world. Although my interest in philanthropy has persisted for a while, I haven’t taken much action beyond a few isolated acts of service. Thus I was filled with nerves because I knew the real world of service is completely new territory. However, in the midst of the conference, I found that I was able to add my own undergraduate voice to the conversation.

Prof. Hall: How did the conference connect with your DCS coursework?

Sam: During my Data Driven Societies research, about whether community satisfaction increased if an NGO has access to Internet during natural disaster relief efforts, I learned about the Electronic Telecommunications Cluster (ETC). They implement technology necessary to create internet hubs for the NGOs. At the HTC conference I met a member of the ETC organization. I spoke to him about the 2015 earthquake in Nepal and their effort to implement internet hubs. I asked him about the struggles in supporting Nepal after the 2015 earthquake. He stressed that transporting the equipment needed to install internet systems for the NGOs was difficult because of Nepal’s geography. This incited an obstacle because the majority of funding would be invested in transportation. Later in the conference I spoke with a woman from Microsoft. We talked about Big Data’s influence in society and data scientist’s current search to represent it credibly. I spoke to her about the research I had done and asked her about the Hack for Humanity hackathons she organizes.

Prof. Hall: What advice do you have for anyone thinking about attending this conference or a similar event in the future?

Sam: If you’re interested in going to the Humanitarian Technology Conference next year, I highly recommend going all three days. This will give you a better grasp of the conversation taking place. Unfortunately I attended the event for only one day because of a scheduling conflict. Regardless, it was a memorable and insightful experience. Many thanks to Professor Hall for informing me about and helping me plan the Humanitarian Technology Conference trip.

Prof. Hall: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Sam: Beyond the conversations I had with different professors, graduates, and corporate staff, I noticed that all the speakers stressed in some way that there is a pertinent need for an umbrella organization to consolidate all the humanitarian efforts efficiently. There are bunches of organizations who desire to make change, but these efforts would be strengthened if there was an organization that was able to balance and bridge the corporate and academic desire to change the world. I discovered many things during this conference, however I was surprised at how much we diverted from the technology theme. The main focus seemed to be discovering a method to concentrate philanthropic energies into something more impactful rather than theoretical.

Installation: #CarbonFeed by John Park & Jon Bellona


Reception: Monday, April 13 from 7 – 8 PM in Daggett Lounge

Installation on view at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library from April 13 – May 13

Photo by John Park
Photo by John Park

#CarbonFeed is a new media project that challenges the perception that the online world is disconnected from physical reality. Artists John Park and Jon Bellona reveal the environmental consequences of online activity by visualizing carbon emissions triggered by tweeting, sonifying Twitter feeds and correlating tweets with data visualization.

#CarbonFeed encourages the Bowdoin community to participate in the instillation by tweeting #carbonfeed and #bowdoin from April 13 – May 13. Your tweets will trigger the installation to emit 0.02g/C02e.

Learn more about #CarbonFeed, John Park, and Jon Bellona.


Project supported by Lectures and Concerts and through contributions from DCSI, Visual Arts, Music, Art History, Environmental Studies, Physics, and Government.

Announcing the Fall Hackathon!

Hackathon November 2014 e-mail

Hackathon November 2014 e-mail


Our fall Hackathon will be held Wednesday, November 12th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third floor of the VAC! All Bowdoinites are welcome!


A hackathon is a space for programmers and designers, from novices to experts, to collaborate intensively on software projects. Come start or work on a project, learn a new coding language, visualize data, or how to protect your online privacy! The digital humanities and social science course students will be working on their projects, and local citizen hackers from Code4Maine ( will be in attendance as well. Faculty and students alike are invited. No prior experience is necessary.

Event: Matthew Booker’s Talk “Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?”

Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?Why Did Americans Stop Eating Locally?

  • 9/11/2014 | 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
  • Location: Sills Hall, Smith Auditorium
  • Event Type: Lecture

In his talk Matthew Booker will explore why urban Americans radically changed their diets in the twentieth century. Tracing the American diet from local oysters to long distance burgers, he will suggest ways we can learn from this history as we rethink today’s and tomorrow’s food.

Matthew Booker is an associate professor of History at North Carolina University, and a specialist in Environmental History and Western North American History.

For more information on this event, please see the website

DCSI Event: Jack Gieseking’s The People, Place, and Space Reader Book Launch

The People, Place, and Space Reader. 2014. Routledge.

The People, Place, and Space Reader. Edited by Jen Jack Gieseking, William Mangold, with Cindi Katz, Setha Low, and Susan Saegert. 2014. Routledge.

Join us for the first DCSI event of the fall!

Book launch: The People, Place, and Space Reader
Edited by our own Jen Jack Gieseking

Wednesday, September 10th
4:30 p.m., Mass Hall Faculty Room

A conversation between Jen Jack Gieseking, Digital and Computational Studies Initiative, & Matt Klingle, History and Environmental Studies

More about the book:
The People, Place, and Space brings together the writings of scholars from a variety of fields to make sense of the ways we shape and inhabit our world. The included texts help us to understand the relationships between people and place at all scales, and to consider the active roles individuals, groups, and social structures play in a range of environments. These readings highlight the ways in which space and place are produced through social, political, and economic practices, and take into account differences in perception, experience, and practice. The People, Place, and Space Reader includes both classic writings and contemporary research, connecting scholarship across disciplines, periods, and locations. Essays from the editors introduce the texts and outline key issues surrounding each topic. This companion website,, provides additional reading lists covering a broad range of issues and open access versions of many of the essays. An essential resource for students of urban studies, geography, design, sociology, and anyone with an interest in the environment, this volume presents the most dynamic and critical understanding of space and place available.

David Stork Lecture: Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings

David Stork Lecture


Computer Vision in the Study of Art: New Rigorous Approaches to the Study of Paintings and Drawings
4/21/2014 | 4:15 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: Visual Arts Center, Beam Classroom
Open to the Public
Sponsored by the DCSI

What can computers reveal about images that even the best-trained connoisseurs, art historians and artist cannot? How much more powerful and revealing will these methods become? In short, how is the “hard humanities” field of computer image and analysis of art changing our understanding of paintings and drawings?

David Stork’s lecture will include computer vision, pattern recognition and image analysis of works by Jackson Pollock, Vincent van Gogh, Jan van Eyck, Hans Memling, Lorenzo Lotto, and several others. You may never see paintings the same way again!

Dr. Stork, Rambus Fellow at Rambus Labs, is a graduate in physics of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Maryland at College Park. He studied art history at Wellesley College, was Artist-in-Residence through the New York State Council of the Arts and is a Fellow of the International Association for Pattern Recognition and Fellow of SPIE, in part for his work on computer image analysis of art. Sponsored by Bowdoin’s Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.