Digital and Public Durham History

Digital and Public Durham History: Works in Progress at Duke & North Carolina Central University


Friday, April 9, 2021 - 10am to 12pm


Join faculty, staff, and student researchers at North Carolina Central University and Duke University, along with their community partners, for a series of lightning talks on the history of Durham. Speakers will explore the histories of places and communities, racial segregation and social movements, and the promises and challenges of digital methods in bringing hidden and marginalized histories to light. Hosted by the Digital Humanities Initiative at Franklin Humanities Institute (DHI@FHI), Digital & Public Durham History builds upon the NCCU-Duke Digital Humanities Fellowship Program (2016-present), which itself follows a longer history of research and teaching partnerships between the two institutions.

10:00 -- Introduction

Christina Chia, PhD, Associate Director, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke

10:15 -- Lightning Talks Session 1

Duke Forest as Time Machine
Dan Richter, PhD, Professor of Soils and Forest Ecology, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke

Data and Durham's First African American Cemetery
Kaylee Alexander, PhD, Art, Art History & Visual Studies (AAHVS), Duke

The Upbuilding of Hayti and Black Wall Street: Movements and Memory
Andre D. Vann, Coordinator of University Archives + Instructor of Public History, Dr. James E. Shepard Memorial Library, NCCU

Travels with Dr. James E. Shepard
Tony Frazier, PhD, Assistant Professor, History, NCCU

Mapping Historic Protests and Community Action in Durham, NC
Sara Heilman + Amiya Mehrotra, Undergraduate Students, Duke / Pauli Murray Center for History & Social Justice

Revealing the Invisible: Legacy Lead in Durham's Soil
Dan Richter, Duke

10:55 -- Quick Break

11:00 -- Lightning Talks Session 2

Next Steps for Digital Durham
Trudi Abel, PhD, Research Services Archivist, Rubenstein Library + Victoria Szabo, PhD, Research Professor, AAHVS / Director, DHI@FHI, Duke

Durham Committee: Student Agency and Digital Storytelling   
Brett E. Chambers, Lecturer, Mass Communications, NCCU + President-Elect, Digital Humanities Collaborative of North Carolina

Reckoning with Racial Covenant Clauses in Durham
Alexandra Chassanoff, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Library & Information Sciences, NCCU

Geographic Insights
Augustus E. Wendell, MFA, Assistant Professor of the Practice, AAHVS + Davienne Gabriel, MA Student, Digital Art History, AAHVS, Duke

Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Digital Humanities at an HBCU
Charles Denton Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor, History + Director, Public History Program, NCCU

11:35 -- Response

Andre D. Vann, NCCU

11:45 -- Discussion

Moderator: Victoria Szabo, Duke


Co-sponsors: DHI@FHI, John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute, Wired Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture, Duke University; College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, NCCU