Digital Humanities Projects Bring History to Life
Reading about history is one thing. Experiencing it for yourself is entirely another. With innovative technology at their fingertips, NC State humanities scholars are creating new perspectives on significant events, places and traditions. Their work — freely available online and stretching across disciplines — aims to help both researchers and the general public more fully understand our past and inform our future.
Now Streaming: Alumna’s Novel Being Transformed into Amazon TV Series
Last summer, author and NC State alumna Therese Fowler added a new title to her resume: TV producer. After being invited to Savannah, Georgia, for the filming of a new Amazon Studios pilot, Fowler watched as Christina Ricci and a cast of supporting actors played out scenes inspired by Fowler’s latest book, “Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald.” Amazon has since ordered a full season of “Z: The Beginning of Everything,” a bio-series based on Fowler’s 2013 New York Times bestseller.
NC State Initiative Sets Gold Standard for Language Diversity
After reaching thousands of students, faculty and staff on its Raleigh campus, NC State’s Educating the Educated program is quickly becoming a national model for language diversity education. The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators is affirming the program's broadening impact this week, awarding Educating the Educated its grand gold medal for excellence.
Retiring NC State poet helped save endangered script from extinction
After trending toward extinction for decades, the fate of Vietnam’s ancient script, Chữ Nôm, now has a healthier outlook. NC State English professor John Balaban has helped lead many of the developments that kick-started Nôm’s rebound from an endangered calligraphic way of writing to a preserved tradition.
Experiencing King from New Angles
NC State digital humanities scholars are using technology to illuminate Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in new ways, allowing the public to not only read or listen to his speeches, but experience them.
English Professor’s Film Brings Oxford Archaeological Project to Life
“Great Houses Make Not Men Holy,” a film co-created by professor of medieval and early modern literature Jim Knowles, virtually reconstructs a medieval friary at Oxford, England. Oxford Archaeology has been excavating the site where a shopping mall now stands, and the group is using Knowles’ film to add context to the artifacts they're finding.
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching a powerful new system to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century. The new tool, called BigDIVA, will be formally unveiled later this month.
Documenting ‘A Hell of a Life’: NC State video producer’s documentary delivers raw look at moonshiner Popcorn Sutton
In his latest film about moonshiner Popcorn Sutton, NC State video producer and alumnus Neal Hutcheson delivers a broader picture of the folk legend's life. “Popcorn Sutton — A Hell of a Life” explores Sutton’s moonshine enterprise, rise to notoriety and fall into the legal and health troubles that led to his defiant suicide.
So Long, Drawl
For more than half a century, the familiar Southern accent has been fading in Raleigh. Its disappearance has been so slow and so subtle that locals may not have noticed. Robin Dodsworth, an associate professor in sociolinguistics at NC State, the decline tells the story of rapid social change across the urban South.
Digital Humanities Team Not ‘Donne’ Yet
NC State's groundbreaking work in digital humanities earned a visit from the chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, who surprised the university with a record-breaking gift. Congressman David Price was among the enthusiastic group in attendance.