Spring 2022 @ LifexCode (Calendar of Events)

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New Orleans May 1961

Image caption: New Orleans, May 1961. Langston Hughes Papers. James Weldon Johnson Collection in the Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. (Link)

LifexCode’s VESSEL year continues! Join us for our Spring 2022 events and workshops. Thank you to our members, partners and co-sponsors!

Spring 2022 Calendar of Events

February 10, 2 PM EST: ‘Working On Making It Work’: Interactive Presentation with the Spring 2022 Designer-in-Residence Naadira Patel, hosted by The Space for Creative Black Imagination’s (co-sponsored by LifexCode) (Register here) 

February 10, 3 PM EST: SOLIDARITIES: Black Girlhood Conversations hosted by Taller Electric Marronage and co-sponsored with the Center for Africana Studies at JHU (Register here: http://bit.ly/EMBlackGirl) 

Join Kabria Baumgartner (Northeastern University), Annette Joseph-Gabriel (Duke University), Aria Halliday (University of Kentucky), Habiba Ibrahim (University of Washington), Nazera Wright (University of Kentucky), and Crystal Webster (University of British Columbia) for a SOLIDARITIES discussion about the promise, perils, and radical resistance of Black girlhood—past, present, and future. Moderated by Electrician Christina Thomas (Johns Hopkins University)

February 17, 3-5 PM EST: Gale Black History Databases Presentation (co-sponsored with Atlantic Seminar) (LifexCode and JHU Seminar members only)

February 23, 3 PM EST: DH at the End of the World: CSVs, Spreadsheets, and Data Viz Workshop with Dr. Alex Gil (Columbia University) (Register here)

February 25, 12 PM EST: Black Beyond Data Reading Group with Dr. André Brock (Georgia Tech) (Register here to join)

André Brock is an associate professor of media studies at Georgia Tech. He writes on Western technoculture, Black technoculture, and cybercultures; his scholarship examines Black and white representations in social media, videogames, weblogs, and other digital media. He has published innovative and groundbreaking research on Black Twitter and on digital research methods. His first book, titled Distributed Blackness: African American Cybercultures, was published with NYU Press in 2020 and theorizes Black everyday lives mediated by networked technologies.

March 11, Noon EST: SOLIDARITIES: Anarchy with Theresa Warburton, William C. Anderson, and Jorell Meléndez-Badillo hosted by Taller Electric Marronage (Registration link coming)

March 17, 3 PM EST: Monthly All-Team Meeting (LifexCode Members only; use the LxC lab zoom)

March 25, 12-1:30 PM EST: Black Beyond Data Reading Group with Prof. Kenton Rambsy (Register here to join)

Kenton Rambsy is an Assistant Professor of African American literature at the University of Texas at Arlington. His areas of research include 20th and 21st century African American short fiction, Hip Hop, and book history. He is a 2018 recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship and author of two digital books #TheJayZMixtape and Lost in the City: An Exploration of Edward P. Jones’s Short Fiction (2019). His on-going Digital Humanities projects use datasets to illuminate the significance of recurring trends and thematic shifts as it relates black writers and rappers. His forthcoming book, The Geographies of African American Short Stories (May 2022) illuminates an important, though often understudied, mode of literary art by interpreting writers’ depictions of characters navigating distinct social and physical environments.

April 1, 3 PM EST: Book Event with Monica Huerta (Magical Habits, Duke University Press) Mercy Romero (Toward Camden, Duke University Press), hosted by Taller Electric Marronage (Registration link coming)

April 15, 2 PM EST / 1 PM CST: Digitizing the Louisiana WPA, a workshop with Angela Proctor, Head University Archivist and Digital Librarian at Southern University at Baton Rouge, hosted by Keywords for Black Louisiana (Register here)

April 21, 3 PM EST: Monthly All-Team Meeting  (LifexCode Members only; use the LxC lab zoom)

April 22, 12-1:30 PM EST: Black Beyond Data Reading Group with Kimberly D. Deas (Register here to join)

Kimberly D. Deas is a Chemical Informaticist for a major DC organization and is a PhD Candidate in Health Informatics. Her research interests are in HIV and Health Disparities using AI/Machine Learning, and she also works as a Data Science Consultant and Data Educator.

May 19, 3 PM EST: Monthly All-Team Meeting  (LifexCode Members only; use the LxC lab zoom

May 27, 12-1:30 PM EST: Black Beyond Data Reading Group with Stacie Williams (Register here to join

Stacie Williams is the inaugural Division Chief for Archives and Special Collections at the Chicago Public Library. She has managed digital scholarship programs at the University of Chicago Library and Case Western Reserve University, and is a member of the independent Blackivists (https://www.theblackivists.com/) collective, which works to preserve Chicago-area Black history. She has worked previously at Harvard University, the University of Kentucky, and the Lexington (KY) Public Library.