2022 Summer IDEaS

Calling all students!

We are now accepting applications to Schaffer Library's annual Summer Institute for Digital Exploration at Schaffer (Summer IDEaS)!

Summer IDEaS is a library-taught and paid student research opportunity whose purpose is to introduce a small cohort of Union College students from across the disciplines to the digital humanities, a field that aims to use digital tools and methods to explore questions from the humanities, as well as critique technology using humanist methods. The theme this summer is “Collections as Data,” which we will explore by learning and applying digital tools and methods to digitized nineteenth-century letters from Special Collections. This year's cohort will explore this historical material through data visualization, including network analysis, mapping, and text analysis.

Last year's 2021 Summer IDEaS cohort included Amanda Blakeman, Sam De Spuches, and Paxton Ouellette. They created a digital edition of the first part of the Diaries of Jonathan Pearson, a famous Union College alumnus and professor.

No experience with digital humanities or digital scholarship is required to participate--just curiosity, excitement, and willingness to experiment and collaborate. To apply, please submit a one-page statement of interest and a CV or résumé to Jen Grayburn, Director of Digital Scholarship & Public Services, at grayburj@union.edu by April 15, 2022.