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Learning code and making art in COVID

By trade, I'm an artist so I am a very visual and tactile when it comes to learning. Since everything is online learning new skills, like coding, have been kind of difficult for me. Recently in CHI we got into groups and started working on our first rapid development project. My group proposed a site that uses an interactive map that people can explore to learn about the history of objects from...

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The Stories Health Data Tell

To be honest, I did not want to write about COVID. In August, I was excited about the beginning of a new semester. With the forthcoming academic year, I could focus some of the energy I had spent reading about the pandemic and refocus my energy on my dissertation and upcoming foray into this strange, strange job market. I truly gave myself a break this summer, working on very minute details in...

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Knowledge Base and Cultural Heritage in the Age of COVID-19

When I applied for the CHI Fellowship, I knew that I wanted my project to be a visual online project that maps out conflict and displacement. In future posts, I hope that I can further develop this idea; however, I wanted to first look at how we will be shaping cultural heritage during these uncertain and strange times of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. A project intended to be applied through...

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Marwa Bakabas | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Hi everyone! I'm Marwa Bakabas, a second year Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Michigan State University with a specialization in Global Urban Studies. This year, I am also a fellow in the Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) fellowship initiative for the academic year 2020-2021. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Affairs with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa...

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Lillian Young | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Hi, my name is Lillian Young. I am a second year MFA Studio Art Grad in the College of Art, Art History and Design at Michigan State University. This year I am also one of the new CHI Fellows. I am a painter who likes to moonlight as a printmaker. My art mainly focuses on exploring Black history, particularly the people, moments, and objects that aren't well known. I'm from Texas and attended...

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Ezgi Karaoglu | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Me, inhaling fresh air when the mask is taken off Merhaba, or Hello everyone! I'm Ezgi Karaoglu, a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Sociology at Michigan State University with a specialization in Global Urban Studies. Besides, I'm a fellow in the Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) fellowship initiative for the 2020-2021 academic year, which is the reason why I'm introducing myself...

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Andra Durham | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Hello! My name is Andra Durham and I am a graduate fellow in the 2020-2021 iteration of the Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) fellowship. I am a second year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. I earned my B.A. in anthropology and classics from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan in 2019 after taking a nine year break from school. My academic focus is in medical...

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Michael J. Albani | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Me at the Newberry Library in Chicago, IL Boozhoo! My name is Michael Albani, and I am excited to be joining the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative as a graduate fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Michigan State University where I am currently entering my fifth year. My dissertation, tentatively titled "Racializing Indigenous...

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Micayla Spiros | New CHI Fellow 2020-2021

Teaching Osteology- BC (Before COVID) Hello! My name is Micayla Spiros and I am a fellow in the Cultural Heritage Informatics (CHI) fellowship initiative for the 2020-2021 school year. I am a third year doctoral student in the Anthropology Ph.D. program with a specialization in forensic anthropology. My dissertation research focuses on growth and development of the human skeleton and...

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Hello CHI Fellowship!

As individuals and as a field, we must interrogate our work to ensure that we are not ourselves complicit in the neoliberal practice of naming problems in order to evade their resolution (Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein)   Though there are occasional references to friendship in the philosophic tradition, friendship basically became a “marginal practice” in the sense of losing its...

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