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Visual Presentation: Exploring Identity in Tibet

Please Join Us for a Visual Presentation

Exploring Identity in Tibet

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm
The Rotunda (Dome Room)

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Please join us in the historic Rotunda for a presentation of Exploring Identity in Tibet, a digital visualization about change in Tibet by an undergraduate seminar. It was created in Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts (Media Studies 3703), a project-based learning class that uses interactive technology to explore topics in the humanities.

Exploring Identity in Tibet is an interactive visualization that explores the changes in Tibetan Identity using contemporary artist Gonkar Gyatso’s work as a guide to the geopolitical, religious, and cultural changes to Tibet, from traditional times to the modern Tibetan diaspora. The result is an interactive visualization using SHANTI’s VisualEyes tool that tells the story in an engaging manner.

This class is a prototype of an evolving effort we call research seminars (RSEMs), to connect undergraduate students and faculty in creating an interactive visualization that invites deep inquiry into that faculty member’s research interests. The students from the seminar will present the visualization and discuss their research and process in creating it.

Tuesday, December 5th @ 11am-12pm
The Rotunda – Dome Room

Hope to see you there!

Bill Ferster and Ana Cristina Lopes


DH Mixer

DH Mixer

Thursday, November 30, 2017

4:15pm to 5:45pm
Harrison Small Auditorium

Hello DH colleagues and friends:

Please join me for a DH mixer next Thursday, November 30 at 4:15. We’ll be welcoming visitors involved with two other DH events on Grounds:

In addition to the usual tasty finger food and libations, at this mixer you can expect conversations about everything from digital annotations of historical maps to digital reconstitutions of destroyed art. These projects are examples of the digital humanities at their most generative, and we’re fortunate to have this opportunity to learn about others’ scholarship, collaborations, tools, and processes. I hope you can take advantage of all of these events.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4:15-5:45
  • Where: Harrison Small Auditorium, downstairs in the Special Collections building
  • Please register here:  simple registration form

I’d also like to draw your attention to DH@UVa’s calendar of events, where, with the help of the intrepid DH Communication Committee, I do my best to list all of UVa’s DH events.  I hope you find it useful.  Please don’t hesitate to submit an event or contact me with questions or suggestions.

All best,


About DH Mixers:

DH Mixers are sponsored by the offices of the VP for Information Technology, the Dean of the Libraries, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost.  They are organized by Rennie Mapp, project manager for strategic DH initiatives. (Please contact me at with any questions or concerns.)

About DH Mixer registration:

It  helps if you register here so that we can have a nametag printed for you, and so that we can let the caterers know how much food and drink to provide. But if you don’t register for some reason and then discover at the last minute that you can attend, you should absolutely just show up—and bring a friend or colleague! 

About the DH Communications Committee:

The DH Communications Committee meets on a biweekly basis to ensure communication and collaboration among the DH organizations at UVA as well as to support the DH@UVa website. Its members are John Alexander of SHANTI; Rennie Mapp, editor and manager of DH@UVa; Laura Miller of Scholars’ Lab; and Sarah Wells of IATH.

Fri., Nov. 10 — UVa Datapalooza 2017

Join the University of Virginia Data Science Institute for DATAPALOOZA 2017, in coordination with UVA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. Featuring innovative and exciting data science research across disciplines and industries, this year’s event will feature panels in healthcare, business, and social media analytics, research across Grounds, and presentations from leaders in the field.

Datapalooza 2017 will feature keynote speakers John Elder (Founder & Chair of Elder Research), Chris Wiggins (New York Times Chief Data Scientist) and Mary Jo Madda (Creative Strategy Manager for Code Next at Google). Virginia’s Secretary of Health and Human Services Bill Hazel will introduce research highlights from across Grounds, and a variety of researchers, government agency officials and industry experts will participate in panels on Healthcare, Business, and Social Media Analytics and Data Visualization.

Click here for a full agenda for Datapalooza 2017.

The day of data science will begin at 8am on Friday, Nov. 10 with registration and breakfast, and will end at 6pm with a reception. All events will take place in Newcomb Hall (3rd Floor) on Grounds.

If you have questions or feedback, or for more information, email

Click here to register.

IATH Speaker: Raf Alvarado

How to Read a Topic Model

Rafael Alvarado, Data Science Institute
Friday, November 3, 2017
Alderman 317

Since the invention of LDA in 2002 (Blei, Ng, and Jordan), topic models have become a mainstay of digital humanities and text analytic research. However, the use of topic models remains narrowly conceived, and the method continues to raise epistemological concerns. In this presentation, Prof. Alvarado will demonstrate an interactive topic model browser designed to address one of these concerns, the problem of topic reference. Do topics refer to anything in the world, such as collective representations, or do they merely provide a convenient means of dimensionality reduction for users of large text databases? Drawing from various corpora, including online newspapers of various nationalist movements, he will present some conclusions on how to make sense of topics and how we might integrate these models into scholarly arguments.

Sponsored by IATH

For more, click here.

2017 Teaching with Technology Summit

Designed for faculty, instructors, and researchers at the University of Virginia, the Teaching with Technology Summit is a free annual event featuring success stories of faculty integrating teaching and technology.

Gain strategies for maximizing technology in your teaching and research, learn about available resources for your courses, and exchange best practices with fellow instructors at workshops and demos!

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To see the schedule, click here.

Contact with any questions.