Coptic Scriptorium wins DHAG grant from the NEH

We are very pleased to report that the National Endowment for the Humanities just announced their approval of a new Stage III Digital Humanities Advancement Grant continuing their long-standing support of our work in Coptic Scriptorium. The new grant is titled: A Linked Digital Environment for Coptic Studies: Integrating Heterogeneous Data with Machine Learning and Natural […] Read More

The work is the resistance

I am so pleased to affirm, support, and sign on to the following statement released yesterday by the University of the Pacific Academic Council (our faculty governing body or faculty senate): Dear Colleagues, We in Academic Council are resolutely against President Trump’s policies barring citizens of selected Muslim-majority countries from entering the US including refugees, […] Read More

Applauding for Vader

Note: there are very mild spoilers here. I think I’ve provided no surprising details if you’ve seen the other movies, nor will the general descriptions of characters ruin your experience of the film. But as always, caveat lector. I saw the new Star Wars movie Rogue One on Sunday, the eve of the Electoral College […] Read More

On Not Ignoring Augustine

Author’s note:  as I was writing this post, Michelle Obama gave a campaign speech in New Hampshire for Hillary Rodham Clinton.  Instead of her usual stump speech, she spoke primarily about the nationwide conversation we are having as a result of a presidential candidate’s history of sexual harassment and assault.  She said, “This is not […] Read More

Collaborating in Public

This week, a research collaboration I’m in released an initial version of a new online Coptic dictionary.  I blogged about it for the project.  Even though it’s very preliminary, we’re pretty excited. I want to take a minute here on my personal blog to reflect on the process. Working collaboratively is hard, working collaboratively across […] Read More

Revised article posted

In my forthcoming article, I wrote that comments by Eva Mroczek and Meredith Warren had been deleted from the Evangelical Text Criticism blog in 2014; in fact comments by other people were deleted.  I appreciate this being brought to my attention so the article could be revised before publication.  A revised draft is now on […] Read More

On Institutional Responsibilities and on Gender: Final thoughts on the G of Jesus Wife

Image: Dr. Agnes Smith Lewis & Dr. Margaret Dunlop Gibson (the “Sisters of Sinai”) via Cambridge University Library   I’m thrilled that Tony Burke of York University has posted a pre-publication draft of my article, “Gender and Authenticity in the Debates about Gospel of Jesus’s Wife Fragment” on the website for the North American Society for the […] Read More

Signaling Crisis

In the DHSI Physical Computing class, Anne Cong-Huyen (Whittier College), Devin Becker (University of Idaho), and I created a project we titled “Signaling Crisis” for our end of week prototype. This project was a true collaboration; everyone contributed to the ideas, code, and design. It’s also art.  Political art.  I’m usually an analysis person (not a […] Read More

Experimentation in Physical Computing and Fabrication

I’ve been blogging this week about my participation in a physical computing and fabrication course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute.  Our instructors have been the team of the University of Victoria Maker Lab, directed by Jentery Sayers.  Jentery’s work in critical making and especially historical prototyping has fascinated me for years.  My previous posts […] Read More

More on Social Networks and Provenance

There have been some really great conversations on Twitter and Facebook this morning about the article in the Atlantic on the owner of the Jesus Wife fragment.  I want to add some more thoughts that have had a little more time to simmer. Authenticity and Provenance A lot of the article focuses on the background […] Read More