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!

Printmaker Walter Hamady Visits UI Libraries

Playing to a standing room only crowd in the North Hall of the Main Library on Tuesday, April 20th , Walter Hamady1 discussed his work2, the creative process3 and working with students4. Drawing a cadre of graphic design students, Center for the Book students and faculty, local printmakers, bibliophiles from near and far5 and even Hamady’s aunt and uncle, the lecture was an open forum of questions from the audience, followed by a gallery walk and talk.

When asked about is “Gabberjabbs” and extensive use of footnotes, Hamady responded that he wanted to take a non-scholarly approach to the scholarly medium of footnoting. He discussed one of his collaborations, where the footnotes take over the page and eventually the poem disappears. He also noted that much to his delight writer Mary Lydon had taken on the task of defining “Gabberjabb6,” so that he could later refute her definitions.

A second “Conversation with Walter Hamady” sponsored by the Graduate Art Congress was held on Wednesday morning in the Main Library’s Second Floor Conference Room.

Having Walter Hamady come to the Libraries to talk about his work and walk us through the exhibition was time well spent. The exhibition “Four Decades of Walter Hamady and the Perishable Press Limited” will run In the North Exhbition Hall of the Main Library during regular hours7 through July 2004.