Dickens’ bicentenary

Self portrait with Charles Dickens, by James Louis Steg, 1964 | University of Iowa Museum of Art
Self portrait with Charles Dickens, by James Louis Steg, 1964 | University of Iowa Museum of Art

Today the University will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth with a presentation hosted by the Obermann humanities center. Along with lectures on Dickens by UI and community experts, the event will feature selections from the Libraries’ Dickensiana holdings, including some of the correspondence digitized for our Leigh Hunt Letters collection:

Charles Dickens correspondence, 1842-1870 | Leigh Hunt Letters

Charles Dickens letter to Leigh Hunt, May 24, 1844 | Leigh Hunt Letters
Charles Dickens letter to Leigh Hunt, May 24, 1844 | Leigh Hunt Letters

Winet new director of Digital Studio for Public Humanities

Jon Winet, Director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at the University of Iowa

Jon Winet has been named the inaugural director of the Digital Studio for Public Humanities at the University of Iowa.

The new Studio is a campus-wide initiative based in the Main Library that will encourage and support public digital humanities research and scholarship by faculty, staff, and students, including those involved in “Public Humanities in a Digital World,” one of the interdisciplinary faculty “clusters” that have been established so far under the UI Cluster Hire Initiative.

Provost P. Barry Butler Professor stated in a note to faculty late last week:

“Winet has long been a strong advocate and practitioner of public digital humanities and art. Many of you may know him as one of the driving forces behind the online art and literature project The Daily Palette. He directs The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile Application Development Team, which last fall launched ‘City of Lit,’ an iPhone app that highlights Iowa City’s rich literary history. He has engaged in a series of collaborative projects around politics, art, language, and image in the Information Age, including ‘Novel Iowa City,’ an experimental community writing project created and presented via Twitter during the 2011 Iowa City Book Festival. He is currently in pre-production on ‘First in the Nation,’ a New Media documentary project on the run-up to the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. In 2007, he received the UI President’s Award for State Outreach and Public Engagement.”

The Libraries is excited to have the Digital Studio located on the first floor of Main Library and we look forward to partnering with Jon and others on this exciting initiative. You will hear more about the Digital Studio in the months ahead, as it gets up and running under Jon’s leadership. Welcome, Jon!

Digitally celebrating books, reading, and writing

In honor of the upcoming Iowa City Book Festival (July 16-18, 2010), we’re featuring some of the literary collections in Iowa Digital Library and Iowa Research Online. We hope you’ll explore the content online and the book fest in real life.

Paul Engle teaching at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, The University of Iowa, ca. 1950s

Paul Engle teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, The University of Iowa, ca. 1950s
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Lan Samantha Chang reading, Prairie Lights bookstore, Nov. 10, 2006

Lan Samantha Chang reading, Prairie Lights bookstore, Nov. 10, 2006
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Out of the girls’ room and into the night by Thisbe Nissen
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