This course is an introduction to the role of new media in the service of cultural heritage.  It will focus on examining the ways that emerging media have affected our historical understanding in the past and present and on developing facilities with emerging media that public history professionals increasingly need to use in the present and future.  In the course of the semester, students will be introduced to the technologies of blogging, digital imaging, digitizing, web design, virtual exhibitions, digital storytelling, and social media.  By the end of the semester, students will have produced a digital portfolio of their work and digital enhancements for an exhibition at the university art museum.


  • Class meets once a week.  Most classes will be divided into three components: theoretical readings on the day’s topic; a practicum on a specific software or technology; and peer critique of projects.
  • Students should be prepared to post a weekly reflection on their individual blogs.  Blog posts are meant to help facilitate our conversations, so please make sure you have your blog post up by 10 pm on Sunday before our Tuesday class.  Students should get in the habit of reading and commenting on the blogs of other class participants.
  • Throughout the semester, there will be a series of projects for students to undertake using different technologies.  Because so much digital humanities work is collaborative, several of the assignments for class will involve working in small groups.
  • Students are not required to have previous knowledge of or experience with humanities computing, but must have a willingness to experiment and learn.

This semester our projects will focus on digital enhancements for an exhibition opening at the Loyola University Art Museum (LUMA) in July 2014.  Crossings and Dwellings: Restored Jesuits, Women Religious, American Experience, 1814–2014 commemorates both the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus (1814-2014) and a century of women’s education at Loyola-Mundelein (1914-2014).


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