Upcoming Events

Stay tuned for spring term announcements!

Past Events

Winter 2024

  • February 26, 2024: Digital Humani-teas Workshop, Interview Techniques for Podcasts and YouTube Series by Brandon Polite
  • February 19, 2024: Digital Humani-teas Workshop, Digital Storytelling through Interactive Design by Jessa Dahl
  • January 29, 2024: Digital Humani-teas Workshop, Creating a WordPress Website by Jen Andrella
  • January 22, 2024: Digital Humani-teas Workshop, Content Management with Omeka by Jen Andrella

Fall 2023

Spring 2023

  • April 7, 2023 — Year Two Lab Launch Event; introductions from Danielle Fatkin, Michael Schneider, and Jen Andrella

Winter 2023

Fall 2022

  • Dec 6-7 2022: Faculty Development Workshop — “Making Knox: The Anti-Slavery and Abolitionist Aspirations of a Midwestern College”
  • Nov 10, 2022: Brown Bag Series — Building a Story Map in ArcGIS, with Jen Andrella
  • Nov 3, 2022: Fall Lecture Series — “Federal Indian Policy in the Midwest in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries,” Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand (Choctaw, University of Illinois)
  • Nov 3, 2022: Brown Bag Series — Creative Commons Licenses, Permissions, and Copyrights, with Laurie Sauer (Associate Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Collections)
  • Oct 20, 2022: Fall Lecture Series — “In Search of Refuge: Dakota Mobility, the US-Canadian Border, and Extralegal Violence after the Dakota War, 1862-1865,” with John Legg (George Mason University)
  • Oct 6, 2022: Fall Lecture Series — “‘His knowledge was greater than the information of our geographers’: Thinking about the Digital Restoration of Native Space, Place, and Power on the Northern Plains,” with Jen Andrella
  • Sept 29, 2022: Brown Bag Series — Managing your Digital Identity, with Jen Andrella
  • Sept 22, 2022: Brown Bag Series — Intro to Digital Humanities, with Jen Andrella
Latest News

June 2, 2023

“Lead Health: A Study of Lead Environmental Hazards” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This spring, students in ENVS 101 (Intro to Environmental Studies) developed “Lead Health” as part of a larger class focus on lead contamination as an environmental health hazard. Students researched lead contamination as a health concern, specific sources of lead exposure, and possible solutions to this environmental issue. Students then curated their research intro interactive data visualizations and informational web pages to serve as a resource for anyone interested in learning more about lead-related health hazards…

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May 29, 2023

“Visualizing Human Rights” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This spring, students in AnSo 276 (Human Rights and Humanitarianism) selected and examined one case study in human rights. Their topics spanned across issues in race, the LGBTQ+ community, incarceration, and more. Students then gathered relevant research, developed qualitative and quantitative visualizations, and curated this information into an advocacy-centered and immersive blog post. One of the central objectives of this project was to not only inform others about these case studies, but to advocate for specific policies and actions…

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May 25, 2023

“Midwestern Migrant Farmworkers” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This spring, students in SPAN 220 (Spanish for Healthcare) conducted a spatial study of migrant labor on farms throughout the Midwest. Each student chose one state in the Midwest and investigated migrant farmworker abuse, especially as connected to work-related health hazards. Students examined sources related to inspections, violations, and citations to uncover the lived experiences of migrant laborers in these spaces. They then curated this evidence into a public-facing website with an interactive map, supplemental information, attached media, and resources…

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May 22, 2023

“Liberatory Social Studies” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This spring, students in EDUC 316 (Social Studies for Elementary Ed) “Liberatory Social Studies” is an accessible resource for learning about primary sources in elementary-level social studies education. In this class project, students crafted digital “journey boxes” filled with primary sources, historical context, and discussion questions to help young learners critically explore important historical and social studies topics…

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April 17, 2023

Knox “Abolition for All Time” Lab Completes Year One, Makes Plans for Years Ahead
Knox College News

The first year of the Knox College “Abolition for All Time” Lab came to a close in March, and faculty members across campus involved with the project gathered to discuss the progress made so far.  At the beginning of 2022, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded Knox College a $1.2 million grant. The funding supports the development of new courses and programs, faculty mentorship of student research projects, and furthering campus understandings of abolition and social justice…

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March 9, 2023

“Photographing Other Histories” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This winter, students in ART 195 (Latin American Art History) curated interpretive exhibits of photographic records related to the history of race and colonialism in nineteenth-century Latin America. Their work culminated in a public-facing Omeka website that places these photographs in conversation with one another and explores how they can be used as historical and cultural records to understand structures of race and power…

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March 8, 2023

“US Rural Dental Health” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This winter, students in HLTH 389 (Health Studies Internship) constructed a project that explores questions of access, equity, and other factors related to dental healthcare in rural areas of the U.S. In this project, students worked collaboratively on data curation and analysis, visualization building, and the creation of a public-facing website to present their findings…

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March 8, 2023

“Mapping the Roman World” Class Project Launch
Jen Andrella

This winter, students in CLAS/HIST 111 (History of Ancient Rome) created a class Omeka project using the Neatline mapping plugin to construct a spatial study of power and imperialism throughout the Roman Empire. Students examined both local and global scales of empire through a public-facing website with interactive maps, narratives, and imagery…

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March 3, 2023

“Abolition Lab Launches New Resources”
Yuchen Wang, The Knox Student

The Abolition Lab, made possible by the Mellon Humanities Grant, formed the Media Literacy Team to promote media literacy and teach related skills to students, which is the ability to analyze and create impactful media.  “Media literacy is the set of practices that are required to critically understand, interpret, and create diverse media. It could be how you understand your favorite movie, or the more recent example of a news report, which is what we are focused on,” Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Sociology and member of the new Media Literacy Team, Jonah Rubin said…

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Jan 31, 2023

“Towards an Abolitionist Model of Media Literacy” Team Project Launch
Jen Andrella

The “Towards and Abolitionist Model of Media Literacy” team is please to announce the public launch of a new library guide filled with readings, tools, and approaches that support the intersection of abolition and media literacy. This was a collaborative project completed by conveners Roya Biggie and Jonah Rubin and team members Emily Anderson, Mary Lyons, and Rebecca Yowler.

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Jan 24, 2023

Four Undergraduate Lab Assistants join the Abolition Lab
Jen Andrella

This week, the Abolition Lab welcomes four undergraduate lab assistants: Annemarie Christiansen, Selah Dow, Kyra Kellogg, and Mimi Schweitzer! In this role, lab assistants will support courses pursuing digital projects in the lab, as well as have the opportunity to explore their own interests in digital humanities.

Learn more about our lab assistants from their first blog posts.

Dec 2, 2022

Frontera|Borders: Stories of Migration, Mobility, and Change in Literature and Film
Jen Andrella

This fall, students in SPAN 330 (Great Themes: Borders Across the Spanish-Speaking World) created story maps to follow the journeys of fictional and real people in Spanish-speaking films. Using StoryMap JS and WordPress, the class website displays collections of these story maps and allows viewers to choose a character and view their journey across space and time…

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Dec 2, 2022

Myths and Materiality: Exploring the Presence of the Past at Knox College
Jen Andrella

This fall, students in ANSO 102 (Introduction to Anthropology) created a class Omeka project to explore the formation of collective identity through material objects within and around Knox College. Using one object, students constructed exhibits to detail a public narrative about their item and contributed to a shared repository of data…

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Nov 17, 2022

Abolition Lab Manifests Itself Through Lectures: Knox Students Learn about the US-Dakota War
Yuchen Wang, The Knox Student

Knox College is a school of less than eleven hundred students. Yet its history goes back more than one hundred years, and the founder, as well as the first several presidents and trustees were involved in the underground railroad during times of slavery. Knox also contributed significantly to progressive changes during the 19th century…

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Jan 26, 2022

“Abolition for All Time” Humanities Lab to be Funded by Mellon Grant

Knox College awarded a $1.2 million grant to promote curricular innovation in the humanities through renewed study of the College’s history and legacy…

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