I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed meeting all of you and the THATCamp yesterday, it was my first one.  I do have a question – are there networking opportunities? I have a masters in education with a focus on oral history and I am trying to break into the humanities field in any way that I can.  Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated.  You can reach me at .

many blessings

Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly, M.Ed.

Using Documentaries to Create Safe Places for Dialogue

Many of the documentaries available for screening from PBS are created by independent producers and distributed by organizations like Independent Lens, VisionMaker Media (formerly Native American Public TV), National Black Programming Consortium, POV and others.


  • Why and how to work with your local PBS Station
  • Why use documentary film?
  • Putting issues in context
  • Using documentaries in the classroom
  • Recruiting Audience / Promotion
  • Discussion of venues for public screenings and engagement
  • Brainstorm ways of engaging with audiences
  • OVEE the new online screening platform
  • Examples of New Mexico content from New mexico PBS


Create A Humanities Storyboard in PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia includes 120,000 digital resources from trusted PBS producers like NOVA, Nature, American Experience, and PBS NewsHour. It also includes quality content from partners like The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress,  National Archives and many more.

Learn how to search, share and save your favorite resources. Bring a laptop so you can get started with your own FREE account.

Then you will design a storyboard. Using digital media to investigate  themes like colonialism, human rights, or ethnic conflict. Maybe you would like to explore the struggles of migration, life in borderlands or the American search for identity.

A storyboard could look at the importance of documenting and preserving history, including “hidden histories” (like forced labor in the American South), while also considering different methods of historical interpretation. Or you can ask the question, “Is humanity naturally warlike and hard-wired to kill or is war perhaps a cultural construct”? Show various views using video, audio and primary sources to make your case.

All of this and more can be discovered and organized using PBS LearningMedia teacher tools.


  1. Overview of PBS LearningMedia
  2. Sign up for your Free Account
  3. Tutorial for Story Board Teacher Too
  4. Hands on StoryBoard creation activity.




Session Proposal: Introduction to Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities is a term that elicits both excitement and scorn in scholarly circles, and there is still a great deal of discussion as to whether it is a field of inquiry, a set of research methods, or simply a new perspective on arts and humanities research. This session will provide a brief survey of how the evolving theory and practice of using contemporary technology and technology-assisted research methods are impacting scholarship in the arts and humanities.

The session will include a presentation on major ideas and issues in Digital Humanities, and an overview of popular technologies and methods used in some major DH projects, including: text analysis, digital mapping and GIS methods, social networking tools, such as open annotation, crowdsourced contributions to research, and open access online publishing. Attendees will also get a hands-on demonstration of Voyant – an online collection of text analysis tools. The final section of the session will invite attendees to think about how these new modes of research might influence their own teaching and scholarship in the future, and discuss how collaborations between researchers and university archives and special collections can serve to further Digital Humanities research. Attendees will receive a handout of resources they can use to continue learning about Digital Humanities research at the end of the session.

Session Outline

  1. Presentation
    1. Origin of Computational Humanities research
    2. Overview of major research methods in DH
    3. Description of Successful Research Projects
      1. Text Analysis and Agatha Christie’s Novels (University of Toronto)
      2. Interactive Mapping of the London Blitz (Bomb Sight – University of Portsmouth)
      3. Crowdsource contributions to local history projects (HistoryPin)
  2. Survey of Popular Tools in Digital Humanities Research
    1. Mapping and GIS tools
      1. Google Maps / Google Earth
    2. SNA, Online Collaboration and Crowdsourcing Tools
    3. Text Analysis tools
      1. TaPor Project
      2. SPSS
      3. MALLET
  3. Hands-On Demonstration of Voyant for Text Analysis
    1. Attendees will walk through a simple document ingestion and analysis exercise using Voyant tools.
  4. Summary and Discussion
    1. How might you use DH methods in your own research?
    2. Grant sources and collaboration opportunities
    3. Working with your own university library, archives and special collections
    4. Distribution of handouts