weinberg magazine features digitizing folk music history seminar.
The latest issue of Weinberg Magazine (Spring 2014) features the Digital Berkeley Folk Music Festival Project, Digitizing Folk Music History seminar, and Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory in an article about the humanities at Northwestern—here is a nice Flipbook version too with the full layout.
What a nice quote from one of my star students, Jessica Smasal, who after working through our weekly digital mini-assignments on annotation, table building, timeline building, geocoding, “deformance” experiments, and audio remixing, completed a multifaceted final project on Joan Baez and conceptualizations of motherhood in the 1960s folk revival and culture at large. She noted that:
I began to think of my subject as a comprehensive web of ideas, rather than a linear series of points and events that a traditional term paper might have represented.
Jessica developed a striking interpretation from her evidence, that Baez struggled as a young woman associated with the folk revival to articulate a feminism outside of the ideals of motherhood in America, particularly as the American involvement in the Vietnam War intensified, but she did so my using a WordPress template to arrange and emphasize the interplay among her primary sources. The multiplicity of the tensions within Baez’s relationship to feminism began to thicken rather than get flattened into a simplistic formula.
Great work, Jessica!