Summer Institute for Digital Exploration at Schaffer

Lead Instructor: Adam Mazel (he/him/his), Digital Scholarship and Instruction Librarian

Schaffer Library Room 119


The Summer Institute for Digital Exploration at Schaffer, or "Summer IDEaS," is a librarian-taught, extra-curricular, project-based, research opportunity that unites traditional research and digital humanities (DH), an increasingly ubiquitous approach to humanities scholarship that critically engages with data and computing technology. Through Summer IDEaS, you’ll learn both longstanding and emerging methods of scholarship that will enable you to achieve and share insight and ready you for an increasingly digital world.

The theme of Summer IDEaS 2021 is “Identity and Power at Union College.” You’ll learn about this theme, DH, and research by individually and collaboratively creating a digital edition in Manifold of the diaries of Jonathan Pearson (1813-87), whose connection to Union—as student (class of ’35), professor, librarian, and treasurer—spanned more than a half century.

In so doing, we'll think through the fundamental questions of DH:

To do so, we'll create our own blogs (and blog about it); computationally trace trends across nearly a million words (and more); catch archive fever (and never want to be cured); make our scholarship open (and awesome); and ultimately write, edit, and publish our very own book.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of Summer IDEaS, participants will have learned the basics of: