Charles Gonzales, former president of the Student National Education Association, describes his role, his decision to move to Washington to work with the youth franchise movement. Included are anecdotes about John Dean, congressional testimony, and post-ratification efforts to register young voters.
Chris Newell (Bar Harbor, Maine)
Chris Newell (Passamaquoddy) is a musician and educator based in Bar Harbor, Maine. He was born and raised in Motahkmikuhk (Indian Township, ME) and is a proud citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township. Chris has been a member of the Mystic River singers, an award-winning inter-tribal pow wow drum group based in Connecticut. The group traveled across North America singing and learning at community pow wows. Beyond, Chris has served as Education Supervisor for the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center and co-founded the Akomawt Educational Initiative addressing the lack of Native history and social studies in public schools and other institutions. He spearheaded Akomawt’s collaboration with the Leventhal Map Center’s exhibit America Transformed: Mapping the 19th Century, earning the 2019 Excellence Award from the New England Museum Association. Chris serves as Executive Director and Senior Partner to Wabanaki Nations in the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/23/20.
The HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) was founded in 2008 with just over 2 million volumes in the collection. Today there are over 17 million volumes ranging from 6th-century psalters to 21st-century academic texts. The diverse contents of the HTDL include government documents, academic journal articles, and monographs from all the disciplines one would find represented in a typical academic research library. While the majority of materials are in English, there are many volumes in German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Latin. Researchers may perform text analysis on the contents of HTDL by utilizing the many text analysis tools and data sets provided by the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).
The HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC), based at IU Bloomington, develops infrastructure, tools, and services to support Text Data Mining of the HTDL corpus. These include off-the-shelf web-based text analysis tools, a secure data capsule computing environment for analysis of rights-restricted content, and the HTRC Extracted Features Data Set, which provides volume-level and page-level word counts and other metadata for the entire corpus.
This presentation will discuss the current contents of the HTDL collection and its benefits as a data source and provide examples of existing research facilitated by HTDL collections and HTRC resources. In addition, this presentation will give an overview of the various HTRC text analysis tools and the different options for analyzing public domain and copyrighted material.
Christy Hyman, University of Nebraska Lincoln, Erik Nelson, Indiana University Bloomington, Arrianna Planey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill , Heidi Rae Cooley, University of Texas at Dallas, Girmaye Misgna, University of Pennsylvania
Experts explore the disenfranchisement and disruptions of 2020, and examine how mapping can help us make sense of crucial issues both during this historic year and beyond. Five guests across a range of disciplines—including public health, media studies, digital humanities, and library science—came together for a moderated panel discussion to discuss issues related to political ecologies of health and disease, relationships between bodies and technology, data access and geospatial methodology as applied to humanities and social sciences.
This study takes a closer look at gender representation in the 150 top grossing animated films from 1990 to 2019. We examine the gap between representation, and male and female characters in lead characters, speaking roles, if speakers are male or female, unrealistic bodies, if female-led movies passed the Bechdel test and if animated films were likely going to fail the Bechdel test. Our results found that male characters have significantly more speaking roles than female characters and are overall more important in animated films than females. These results have confirmed to negatively impact the way children are socialized.
Corey Ledet (Parks, Louisiana)
Zydeco artist Corey Ledet was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but spent his summers with family in the small town of Parks, Louisiana, immersed in Creole culture and music. An accordion player by training, he studied with many of the originators of zydeco, including Clifton Chenier, John Delafose, and Boozoo Chavis. His performing career began early at the age of ten, playing drums for the Houston-based band Wilbert Thibodeaux and the Zydeco Rascals before picking up the accordion. Ledet relocated to Louisiana and has performed there for years, infusing old and new styles of zydeco into his own unique sound.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/17/2020.
This brown bag documents the early stages of a community-engagement project with digital foundations. Our “History Harvest” is an ongoing invitation to community members to help shape an archive about identity and material culture at IUB. We’ll talk about the teaching, research, and ethical considerations that framed partnerships between IUB community members, two research centers, the libraries, and an undergraduate and graduate course and walk through some practical responses to those considerations that will shape the History Harvest as it moves forward.
Rachel and Zach Schrank interview Claire Cwidak, an undergraduate student in the School of Nursing at Indiana University South Bend and Patient Care Assistant at Memorial Hospital (South Bend) working with patients with COVID-19.
This oral history was conducted through COVID-19 Stories, an oral history project seeking to document the experiences of members of the Indiana University South Bend community and residents of the River Park neighborhood (where the majority of the IU South Bend campus is located). Oral history narrators were asked to talk about their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic starting in the spring of 2020, including the pandemic's impact on their home and work lives. They were also welcome to talk about their relationship to social and racial justice protest movements in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020.
Dakota Karper (Capon Bridge, West Virginia)
Dakota Karper is an Appalachian fiddler, vocalist and storyteller based in Capon Bridge, West Virginia. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Dakota grew up surrounded by old-time Appalachian string band music and began studying the music at a young age. Absorbing as much as possible, she apprenticed under fiddler Joe Herrmann, spent weeks at Augusta Heritage Center, played various music festivals in and around West Virginia, and studied classical violin at the Shenandoah Arts Academy in Winchester, Virginia. After living in Baltimore, Maryland, for seven years, Dakota moved back to her roots in Capon Bridge, West Virginia, where she teaches Appalachian fiddle, as well as performs in the surrounding areas. Dakota was a founding member of the Short Mountain String Band and Hay Fever. In 2019 Dakota opened her own traditional roots music school called The Cat and The Fiddle.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/29/2020.
Students are at the heart of a university campus. How students respond to local, national, and international events provides insight into student life and their socio-historical contexts that define a campus and that campus’ unique history. The Bicentennial Student Newspapers Project aims to digitize student newspapers across five IU campuses: IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU South Bend. Those papers will join the IU Southeast student newspapers already digitized to create a rich corpus of IU-wide student newspapers ripe for research. Once digitized, over 50,000 pages of student newspapers spanning the 1930s to the 2010s will be available for discovery in Pages Online by Summer 2020.
Damein Wash (Oxford, Mississippi)
Hailing from Oxford, Mississippi, musician, composer and filmmaker Damein Wash has spent a lifetime pursuing music in the Southern gospel tradition. With the addition of classical training (a BM in Choral Music Education and an MM in Music Theory from the University of Mississippi), he is also well versed in choral, gospel, blues, jazz, rock, soul, and funk. Wash is the front man for the Oxford-based party band the Soul Tones. He is also a member of Three Grand, a trio of performers who perform across the United States and Canada, primarily for large corporate events. Wash’s recordings and original scores have made their way into Hallmark films and the long-time running daytime drama The Young and the Restless. Wash also arranged and conducted Deep South Gospel for the Moonshine Music Co., a Sony subsidiary, which was featured on STARZ’s American Gods and in USA Network’s Queen of the South.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/25/2020.
Damyon Jolley (Florence, Alabama)
Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, Damyon Jolley has been playing bass since 2012. He relocated to Muscle Shoals for school in the early 2010s, and starting in 2017, has worked as an engineer, producer, and bassist based in Florence, Alabama. Damyon Jolley is also the band manager for the Muscle Shoals-based band, Coffee Black. Founded by lead vocalist and pianist CJ Anderson, Coffee Black is a retro funk and soul band. Their sound is driven by the rhythm section of Damyon Jolley, Matt Pettie, Michael Rogers, Angelo Sandoval, and Taylor Edwards, and horn section of Nick Watford, Jaimy Murff, Eli Hart, and Chase Fowler. The Black EP, a solo project released by CJ Anderson in 2017, laid the foundation for Coffee Black’s sound and was further expanded with the release of their self-titled debut album in the fall of 2019.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/24/2020.
Dan Ansotegui (Boise, Idaho)
Dan Ansotegui was raised by the scents and tastes of his mother’s cooking and the sound of his father’s music. The music came from the accordion and the aromas that filled the house were brought to this country by his grandmother Epi. His exposure to the traditions of the Basque Country prepared him for a life of immersive study, commitment to preservation, and a talent for performance. Through his role as master, mentor, and entrepreneur, Dan is a bearer of Basque music, dance, and foodways traditions that contribute to the creative growth and sustainability of his cultural community. Dan is a National Heritage Award recipient (2019), performs traditional Basque dance music, and plays in a fusion Basque pop band called Amuma Says No. He is also one of the primary teachers in the Boise trikitixa and pandero teaching program, training new players of Basque music on diatonic accordion and tambourine.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 06/10/2020.
Daniel Christian (Tecumseh, Nebraska)
For more than a decade, Nebraska singer-songwriter Daniel Christian has been sharing his songs and stories with audiences nationwide, including at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, the SXSW Festival in Austin, and a coast-to-coast tour of the United States. Daniel has released eight studio albums, a Christmas single, and a live recording. His Coffee & Toast project was released on the South Carolina label, Tremulant Records. He has also collaborated on eight albums of children’s music as a member of the band, the String Beans. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daniel created the “Empty Spaces Series,” playing online concerts from “empty rooms that shouldn’t be empty,” including opera houses, churches, schools, and more.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 10/01/2020.
Daniel de Jesús (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Daniel de Jesús is a painter, composer, and songwriter versed in the worlds of visual and sonic tapestries. They hold a degree in fine art form the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and have exhibited their work throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Their musical practice includes building beats, ambient sonic spaces, and string arrangements with vocals, and their work has been described as Baroque pop and Neo-Goth, filled with dramatic themes based on mysticism, the occult, and Latin American lore. Daniel de Jesús has nine studio recordings of their original music and performs with orchestras and rock bands in the region and around the world. Their projects include collaborations with painter and performance artist David Antonio Cruz, singer songwriter Courtlyn Carr, and the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. They have performed at venues across the world including the Park Ave. Armory, Millennium Park Theater, and World Café Live.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/24/2020
Daniel de los Reyes (Fayetteville, Georgia)
Born into a musical family, Daniel de los Reyes’ grandfather co-founded the Cuban orchestra Casino de la Playa. His father, Walfredo de los Reyes III, went on to become one of Cuba’s most successful drummers/percussionists prior to moving to Puerto Rico and then to the United States. Daniel de los Reyes himself is a multi-faceted percussionist who has been on tour with the modern country outfit, the Zac Brown Band, for many years. Prior to his touring with the Zac Brown Band, de los Reyes has performed with a long list of major recording artists, including Don Henley, Earth Wind and Fire, Sting, The Killers, Sheryl Crow, Patti LaBelle, Peter Frampton, Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Nicks, and more.
Interviewed by Holly Hobbs, 09/30/2020.
Daniel Ho (Los Angeles, California/Honolulu, Hawaii)
Daniel Ho is an ‘ukulele virtuoso, slack key guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, producer, audio engineer, and record company owner. Daniel’s collaborations transcend genres, from Hawaiian regional roots to world music with Mongolian nomads, to duets with Pepe Romero, the maestro of classical guitar, to jazz and rock with Tak Matsumoto of the Japanese supergroup, B’z. Daniel is a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, eleven-time GRAMMY Award nominee, six-time Taiwanese Golden Melody Award winner, and recipient of multiple Hawaiian Music awards. Always on the move, Daniel is an American cultural ambassador, with tours completed to Japan, Thailand, Brunei, and Australia. In infinite pursuit of new musical adventures, he is also the designer of the Romero Creations Tiny Tenor ‘ukulele, Ohana Bongolele, and Shakerlele. His custom-designed six-string ‘ukulele is on exhibit at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.
Interviewed by Raquel Paraíso, 09/24/2020.
Danielle “Sug” Johnson (Wilmington, Delaware)
Danielle “Sug” Johnson is a singer and bandleader based in Wilmington, Delaware. She is the frontwoman of the Wilmington based funk-soul-blues band Hoochi Coochi. With Hoochi Coochi, Johnson has performed locally at venues ranging from the Gild Hall show, The Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach, and the Delaware Music Festival. Beyond Delaware, the band has toured in venues and festivals across the Mid-Atlantic Region. Hoochi Coochi has also produced music videos which have received critical acclaim, including the song “Walkin,’” which features Wilmington Black-owned businesses, and addresses the Black Lives Matter Movement in relation to legacies of Black liberation struggles. Johnson is also a published writer, photographer, and guitar player.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 09/15/2020.
Interview of Cozart-Steele on the Transgender Singing Voice Conference which started at Earlham College in Richmond, IN in 2017 and the success with helping a transgender student in the process. It is now a biannual conference.
Danielle Ponder (Rochester, New York)
Danielle Ponder is a singer and bandleader based in Rochester, New York. Her group was named one of the Top Ten Bands to watch by CityPaper and was a winner of the 2015 and 2016 Roc Awards for Best Band. Danielle has performed opening shows for musicians including George Clinton, Ledisi, and the Roots, and has toured nationally and internationally. Her recorded releases include the EP Blow Out The Sun (2016) and the single “Holding Me Down” (2019). Beyond music, Danielle is a former Public Defender and TEDx speaker, and has organized around issues such as education funding, women’s rights, and criminal justice reform. She has been highlighted by the American Bar Association and has been awarded the Public Interest Law scholarship at Northeastern University, the Teen Empowerment’s PeaceMaker in Action Award, and the Jessica Bain Community Excellence Award. In 2017, she created the multimedia show For the Love of Justice, where she examines the U.S. criminal justice system.
Interviewed by Tamar Sella, 10/09/2020.