It’s almost as if this show will never end. Just when I think the gang (of officers) broke up, in episode 5 of season 2 they reunite! Except without McNulty, as of right now. He really did mess up.. So here are my thoughts on each of the episodes! Episode 3: Looks like Omar hasn’t […]
UMW student Candice Roland is using her site to showcase and share her work as a historic preservation and American studies major.Visit site
Nature Boy Explorer
UMW music professor, Mark Snyder, has built this site to expose the music of his band, Nature Boy Explorer.Visit site
Will B. Mackintosh
Check out assistant professor of history Will Mackintosh's site to learn more about his scholarship and teaching in early American history, the history of travel and tourism, and the cultural history of capitalism.Visit site
UMW anthropology student, Dylan Tibert, is building a site that explores all aspects of digital media. Also, he loves Phil Collins.Visit site
The Internet Course
Follow along as Jim Groom and his students explore the cultural and technical history of the Internet.Visit site
UMW student, Suzanne Toske, is using her domain to share her work in the GIS program.Visit site
Two Fish and a Canyon
Two brothers take a trip to the Grand Canyon and blog every day of their adventures.Visit site
Suzy in Italy
Suzannah Richards is a student at UMW who studies abroad at the Universita of Cattolica in Milan. She's using her domain to narrate that experience throughout the Spring 2014 semester.Visit site
Terra's Art Portfolio
UMW art student, Terra Sadek, is building an online art portfolio that shares her original paintings, photography, and ceramics work.Visit site
Leigh Ann Williams
UMW art student Leigh Ann Williams is using her site to build a digital portfolio of her work in multiple media.Visit site
Map My Device
Built by a student in Zach Whalen's Intro to Digital Studies course, this site identifies and exposes the components of a digital device.Visit site
Students in Elizabeth Wade's Literary Journals course have developed Rappahannock Review, an online literary journal published twice a year at UMW.Visit site
A UMW student is using this site to share a collection of postcards sent to her from around the world.Visit site
Taiping Civil War
Students in Susan Fernsebner's history colloquium constructed this website as an introduction to historical voices and events from China’s Taiping Civil War.Visit site
Stephen J. Farnsworth
UMW professor of political science and international affairs, Stephen Farnsworth, has developed a rich digital portfolio of his work in politics and media.Visit site
Learn more about UMW's ThinkLab, a space designed to give students an opportunity to explore robotics, 3D printing, and electronics.Visit site
Bruce P. McRoberts
Bruce McRoberts,uses his site to share his research and classwork as a history major at UMW.Visit site
Miss Amber May
Ambery May is pursuing a degree in digital media studies at UMW and uses her site to share the digital work she does as part of her coursework.Visit site
Andréa Livi Smith
UMW assistant professor of historic preservation, Andréa Livi Smith, has built a site that beautifully aggregates her various digital presences, while highlighting her scholarship and teaching.Visit site
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Among the mundane data found in the U.S. Census, there are bits of information that are too intriguing for a historian to pass up. That was the case when I found Frederick and Rose Vaccari listed in the 1850 U.S. Census for Alexandria, Virginia. Frederick, who was born in Tuscany, was listed as a “mariner” […]
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I was extremely confident going into my week of daily, Snapchat style vlogging. I thought to myself, “Well, this will be an easy project!”
I was very, very wrong.
I started by making a Snap story explaining that I was Snapping my life everyday for a week. I told some of my closer friends that I was trying to prove that Snapchat is a viable median for vlogging and that it was easier than the traditional formats (Youtube, Vimeo, etc).
The first day, Saturday, was a piece of cake. I vlogged all-day and got some Snap responses from a few people, I was even able to integrate pictures, video, and text. I learned about the almost countless apps for saving Snaps incognito and how to save video once you’ve posted it to your story. I found people’s obsession with saving these Snaps secretly a little unnerving because most people use Snapchat for it’s perceived infallibility and privacy.
Things started to get complicated Sunday. I realized at 3:00pm that I hadn’t taken a single picture all day. I was forced to make the decision: salvage the day and take as many Snaps as possible, or just throw in the towel? I understood, then, why daily vloggers are constantly saying “I forgot to vlog this morning.” in their videos. I did half day vlogs from Sunday until Tuesday because I just couldn’t seem to remember.
After about a day of Snapping, some of my friends thought it would be fun to Snap their lives with me. That was an exciting change for me, because I felt like I had influenced my friend’s culture for even just a day. I was beginning to realize that Snapchatting is a form of daily vlogging that should, perhaps, only be shared with friends/contacts. It also pressured me to remember to vlog because I had people wanting to see what I was doing. That, honestly, was the weirdest feeling.
At the end of the week, I’ve chosen to only share one Snap story to the class. I found that Snapchat, while a viable form of vlogging, is not a public domain and can never really be a public domain.
This daily create was not meant to be difficult, but was for me. The basic goal was to make a photo collage out of three different stacks of books that represent who you are. You can read the full assignment and see other submissions here. I had trouble with the assignment, because I’m …
In a conversation with someone about Irish immigration, it is unlikely that he or she would see Alexandria, Virginia as a major hub in the mid-nineteenth century. Popular understandings of U.S. immigration history looks at places such as New York City and Boston. This popular narrative completely ignores the presence of the Irish in the South […]
One of our assignments on the to-do list was to listen to an episode of The Wire and live tweet it. I miss the Tuesday and Wednesday session so I had to join in tonight! I wanted to prepare myself so I watched episode 5 of season 2 earlier today. A part of me wanted to […]
An in depth analysis of the U.S. Census for Alexandria, Virginia from 1850 to 1880 brings to light that a number of Irish immigrants participated in out-group marriage. These immigrants were both men and women, from various economic levels. The rate of intermarriage between Irish immigrants and native-born Americans highlights not only the level of acceptance that […]