News & Updates

Hello, CHI Community!

Hey all, my name is Emma Creamer, and I am in my second year of the Arts, Cultural Management, and Museum Studies Master’s program. In addition to the CHII Fellowship, I am also super excited to start the Campus Archaeology Program Fellowship! My background is in community-based archaeology, museum studies and collections management. My thesis focuses on community-based participatory...

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Greetings, CHI Community

Hello CHI Community! I am Eric Kesse, a final-year doctoral candidate in African History at MSU and a Charlotte W. Newcombe (Woodrow Wilson) Fellow for the 2022/23 academic year. I specialize in West African history, the study of human enslavement and the African diasporas, gender history, and African environmental history. My research interests include studying the African environment with...

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Greetings, CHI Community!

Greetings, CHI Community! My name is Cara Jacob, I am a fifth-year PhD candidate in Cultural Anthropology, and I am incredibly excited to be a CHI Fellow for the very first time. In my research, I use a Feminist Political Ecology framework to understand and explain the gendered and racialized impacts of urban water insecurity in the United States. I spent the first 7 months of this year in...

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Hello again, CHI!

Hello again, CHI! My name is Vee Lawson, a returning CHI Fellow for 2022-23 and a fourth-year PhD candidate in Writing and Rhetoric. Last year, I had the privilege of learning from an incredible cohort of colleagues across a range of academic fields, and I look forward to doing the same this year! In my home discipline, I draw on cultural rhetorics and digital feminist practices to understand...

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Glad to be back!

Hello again, CHI community–I’m so excited to be back as a Senior CHI Fellow and have the opportunity to work with the wonderful group of scholars that make up the ‘22-’23 cohort.  My name is Katherine Knowles, and I just started my fourth year in the English department here at Michigan State. My research interests include early modern drama, affect theory, performance studies, cultural heritage,...

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The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail: A Digital Project by Dani M. Willcutt

The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail is a web-based map that is meant for entertainment as well as education and it is meant to be experienced both digitally and in person. “Tourists” on the trail are encouraged to stop in and patronize the businesses that are still operating. The Lansing Culinary Heritage Trail taps into the wide audience of people who are interested in such a history and...

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Project Launch | Forensic Anthropology: A History

I am excited to announce the official launch of the Forensic Anthropology: A History! The impetus for this project was to create a tool for new students interested in forensic anthropology. The website is an interactive guide for students ranging from historical events, graduate program information, and visualizing data related to the paths of board certified diplomates from the American Board...

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Project Launch: “God-Honoring Snark”

I am delighted to announce the launch of my CHI project, God-Honoring Snark! This interactive narrative blends storytelling with the results of computational text analysis to engage visitors with the ethical questions driving contemporary snark communities. For the text analysis, I first collected comments and text posts from r/FundieSnarkUncensored’s first year using PushShift web scraping,...

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Launching the Oak Bluffs Historic Highlands Map

Today is launch day and I am sharing completed my mapping project for the CHI 2021 – 2022 fellowship. For my Oak Bluffs Historic Highlands project, I have built the framework for a map that uses publicly available deed documents to represent the history of landownership in the Highlands area of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, a resort town on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Oak Bluffs, since the...

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Project Launch: The Stratford-upon-Avon Memory Map

I am pleased to announce the completion of the pilot of the Stratford-upon-Avon Memory Map project. Users can navigate to various cultural heritage sites related to Shakespeare that are located in and around Stratford-upon-Avon and click on the markers to see a visualization of the words most commonly used to describe these sites in 19th century guidebooks. All guidebooks used in this project...

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