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nativeamericannews:

What, Library of Congress? No Asian or Native American Books Shaped America?

The Library of Congress recently released a list of Books That Shaped America, along with an exhibit of the same name that will be on display in Washington D.C. until September. Out of the 88 books chosen for their influence on our nation’s culture, not a single title was written by an Asian American or Native American. That’s right. Not a single novel, non-fiction account, children’s picture book, or even cookbook (there are a few of them included, too) focuses on the experiences of these often overlooked ethnic groups.

follow the link to their website to vote for the top three books you feel have been formative for Americans—personally, my top pick was Malcolm X’s autobiography. afterwards you can enter a list of books and authors that should be represented that are not, and there’s a comment box to explain your nominations and your feelings on the list. just to give you some ideas if you choose to do the survey (you don’t have to be a US resident!), here’s what I entered by way of nominations:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
Ceremony/Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Warrior Woman (Maxine Hong Kingston)
Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde)
This Bridge Called My Back (Gloria Anzaldua & Cherrie Moraga)
The Brief & Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
collected works of bell hooks
Custer Died For Your Sins (Vine Deloria Jr)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) 

I really urge people to vote and to remind the Library of Congress of all the truly amazing books written by people of color in the US. As the article reminds us, Cesar Chavez’s autobiography is the only book by a Latin@, there are no Asian writers, no Native writers, and not enough Black writers (Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Zora Neale Hurston, and WEB DuBois are the only ones I can remember) represented. This is a list that literally has Ayn Rand on it instead of Maya Angelou. There is something really wrong and really racist about this list, and once again, I really strongly urge people to let the Library of Congress know. 

doveilmiosoldi: nativeamericannews: What, Library of Congress?…



doveilmiosoldi:

nativeamericannews:

What, Library of Congress? No Asian or Native American Books Shaped America?

The Library of Congress recently released a list of Books That Shaped America, along with an exhibit of the same name that will be on display in Washington D.C. until September. Out of the 88 books chosen for their influence on our nation’s culture, not a single title was written by an Asian American or Native American. That’s right. Not a single novel, non-fiction account, children’s picture book, or even cookbook (there are a few of them included, too) focuses on the experiences of these often overlooked ethnic groups.

follow the link to their website to vote for the top three books you feel have been formative for Americans—personally, my top pick was Malcolm X’s autobiography. afterwards you can enter a list of books and authors that should be represented that are not, and there’s a comment box to explain your nominations and your feelings on the list. just to give you some ideas if you choose to do the survey (you don’t have to be a US resident!), here’s what I entered by way of nominations:

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Sherman Alexie)
Ceremony/Almanac of the Dead (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Warrior Woman (Maxine Hong Kingston)
Sister Outsider (Audre Lorde)
This Bridge Called My Back (Gloria Anzaldua & Cherrie Moraga)
The Brief & Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Junot Diaz)
collected works of bell hooks
Custer Died For Your Sins (Vine Deloria Jr)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou) 

I really urge people to vote and to remind the Library of Congress of all the truly amazing books written by people of color in the US. As the article reminds us, Cesar Chavez’s autobiography is the only book by a Latin@, there are no Asian writers, no Native writers, and not enough Black writers (Toni Morrison, Malcolm X, Zora Neale Hurston, and WEB DuBois are the only ones I can remember) represented. This is a list that literally has Ayn Rand on it instead of Maya Angelou. There is something really wrong and really racist about this list, and once again, I really strongly urge people to let the Library of Congress know. 

Sample Syllabus: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Sample Syllabus: Introduction to Digital Humanities:

jedi-master-mormont:

Professor Todd Presner of UCLA posted a sample syllabus for an Intro to DH course:

DH 201/Comp Lit 290 Graduate Seminar
Introduction to Digital Humanities 
Humanistic Knowledge, Disciplines, and Institutions in the 21st Century 


Course Description: The purpose of this graduate seminar is to introduce students to the key concepts, methods, theories, and emerging practices in the “Digital Humanities.” The seminar will provide a historical overview of the field from its beginnings in the post-World War II era to the present, highlighting the major intellectual problems, disciplinary paradigms, and institutional challenges that are posed by Digital Humanities. While we will proceed from a trans-disciplinary perspective and focus on the transformation of disciplines such as literature, history, geography, archaeology, among others, the seminar will ultimately consider “Digital Humanities” as a group of “knowledge problems” that affect what we know, how we know, and what we consider to be knowledge. We will examine the major epistemological, methodological, technological, and institutional challenges posed by the Digital Humanities through a number of specific projects that address fundamental problems in creating, interpreting, preserving, and transmitting the human cultural record. At the same time, we will examine how digital technologies and tools—ranging from mark-up languages and map visualizations to database structures and interface design—are themselves arguments that make certain assumptions about, and even transform, our objects of study. This is not a course in studying new media or the impact of digital technology on culture per se, but rather is focused on those areas where the Humanities intersect with digital tools for analysis and interpretation, and how we can bridge the gap between the traditions of critical theory and the practice-based approaches of the Digital Humanities.


This is a five-unit course broken down as follows:  4 units for weekly seminar meetings (3 hours/week) and 1 unit for tools workshops.  Students are required to attend at least four tools workshops over the quarter (scheduled for various days).  The workshops are organized by the Library and will focus on a wide-range of digital tools, methods, and technologies, including XML, TEI, GIS, and general research issues in the Digital Humanities such as copyright.  The schedule for the workshops can be found here: http://www.library.ucla.edu/service/6362.cfm  Graduate students may also audit DH 194 (in spring quarter) to satisfy the “lab” component of this class. 



Required Books:
Jean-François Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
Jerome McGann, Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web [selections]
Johanna Drucker, SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing [selections]

Course-reader (TBA)

Grading Structure:
25% = Completion of weekly problem sets; participation in seminar and workshops
10% = Assignment #1
15% = Assignment #2
50% = Assignment #3 (draft is 25% and final written proposal is 25%)