Text Analysis Reading Group

HistoriansMacroEven though it starts on Friday the     13th, there is nothing to fear! Each meeting will explore just two or three articles on various aspects of text analysis and topic modeling, as well as scholarship that has been produced using these methods. These sources will provide a strong foundation for the practical elements of your own research as well as lay the groundwork for a literature review. There are also suggested readings and activities to build skills needed to work on your own projects.

This reading group is informal and flexible. Feel free to suggest readings and come to as many (or as few) as your schedule allows. Contact Ashley with any questions or to join.




  • Facilitator: Ashley Sanders
  • Syllabus
  • Every other Friday, beginning January 13.
  • 2:00-3:00pm
  • Mudd Conference Room, 3rd Floor Mudd, Claremont Colleges Library (in between Keck 2 and the elevator)

Digital Pedagogy Workshop

This 2-hour workshop blends design thinking with a focus on digital pedagogy. In the first hour, participants will brainstorm current teaching and student learning challenges they face and use the design thinking process to develop potential solutions to at least one of their challenges. The second hour will be devoted to engaging with several faculty members who have addressed particular instructional issues through the thoughtful integration of technology in a class. Participants with all levels of experience with digital pedagogy are welcome, especially those for whom digital pedagogy is new.

This workshop is co-sponsored by DH@CC, the Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Hive (the Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity).

Lunch will be provided, starting at 11:30am.

Please RSVP: http://bit.ly/DigiPed 


Digital pedagogy is the meaningful integration of technology into teaching and learning to enhance student engagement, teach transferable skills, and provide a wider audience for student work. Jesse Stommel, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington, observes:

Far too much work in educational technology starts with tools, when what we need to start with is humans. … What we must do is work to encourage students and ourselves to think critically about new tools (and, more importantly, the tools we already use).


This is the goal of the February 24th workshop – to think critically about our instruction and when, how, and why to use technology in the classroom.

Intro to DH Short Course

This six-week course provides an overview of what DH is and how it can enhance your research and teaching. Each week we will read several articles or book chapters, explore digital projects, and get our hands dirty as we learn how to use digital tools. Our discussions will interrogate the underlying epistemologies of the practices and theories we’re investigating that week, as well as how those tools and approaches support our scholarship and pedagogy, specifically.

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Develop your own definition of DH, especially in a liberal arts context
  • Know when to incorporate digital tools and methodologies and determine why
  • Critically examine the strengths and weaknesses of existing tools and DH projects
  • Identify sources to find and learn new digital tools and skills

Sign up here: http://bit.ly/IntroToDH

Grant & Clinic Proposal Writing Workshop

In this structured brainstorming session, generate ideas, learn how to evaluate them based on the application criteria, and review past applications to prepare your Course Development Grant or DH Clinic Project Proposal. 

For ideas, check out the 2015 and 2016 Course Development Grant recipients’ course proposals.

Text Analysis with Voyant Tools Workshop

Learn basic text analysis skills with the free, web-based application, Voyant Tools. No programming required!

Please bring your laptop for this workshop. We will have several on hand, but not enough for everyone.

You are also welcome to bring your lunch.

Data Visualization for Humanists

This workshop will introduce participants to the data visualization software, Tableau, through structured exercises with a prepared data set.

Participants will learn:

  • Which charts and graphs are helpful for different types of questions
  • Tableau basics
  • How to interpret graphical representations of data for humanistic research

Please bring your laptop and download the free trial version of Tableau at https://www.tableau.com/products/trial. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. We will be meeting in the Digital Tool Shed, which is on the 2nd floor of the Library, Mudd side, just past the services desk and to the left. Questions? Contact the instructor at Ashley_Sanders@cuc.claremont.edu.

Intro to GIS Workshop

In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) through structured exercises with ArcGIS software.

Please bring your laptop. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. We will be meeting in the Digital Tool Shed, which is on the 2nd floor of the Library, Mudd side, just past the services desk and to the left. Questions? Contact the instructor at Warren_Roberts@cuc.claremont.edu.

Course Development Grant Applications

The five undergraduate colleges of the Claremont University Consortium—Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer College—have received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen and expand digital humanities (DH) teaching and scholarship across the Claremont Colleges and beyond. Over the five-year period funded by the grant, faculty from across the five colleges will be awarded $6000 grants develop or improve up to 25 innovative courses that focus on or integrate digital humanities tools and approaches.

DH is the study, exploration, and preservation of, as well as education about human cultures, events, languages, people, and material production in the past and present in a digital environment through the creation and use of dynamic tools to

  • visualize and analyze data
  • share and annotate primary sources
  • discuss and publish findings
  • collaborate on research and teaching for scholars, students, and the general public.

(Ashley Sanders, Digital Research Studio Director, Claremont Colleges, “Defining the Digital Humanities,” Colonialism Through The Veil [blog], http://bit.ly/DHDefinition, 2013)

Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges takes an expansive and inclusive approach: scholars who use digital methods in their teaching, research or publication and/or are considering the digital, as humanists, in their teaching, research or publication. Faculty with appointments in fields not traditionally understood as the Humanities are welcome to apply if they are engaging in Humanistic inquiry. Faculty can receive one grant for Digital Course Development and must teach the course for which they received funding twice within the grant period, complete required assessment materials, and give an informal presentation on their course as part of the grant’s community programming.
Apply for the final round of $6000 Digital Humanities Course Development Grants by 5:00pm Friday, March 24, 2017. For more information on the DH@CC Grant, see http://dh.libraries.claremont.edu.

APPLY HERE: http://dh.libraries.claremont.edu/applications/

Easy Multimedia Timelines with TimelineJS

This workshop presents a simple tool to build beautiful multimedia timelines. Participants will learn how to download the application, add events and media files, how to customize their timeline, and how to publish their finished product.

Please bring your laptop. Feel free to bring your lunch as well. We will be meeting in the Digital Tool Shed, which is on the 2nd floor of the Library, Mudd side, just past the services desk and to the left. Questions? Contact the instructor at Ashley_Sanders@cuc.claremont.edu.