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Visions of Open: Digital Humanities & Archival Praxis

April 26 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This roundtable features the work of four Graduate Center students/alumni whose projects use CUNY-created open platforms to engage intersections of open pedagogy, the digital humanities, and archival praxis. August Smith (Sociology) and Daniel Valtueña (LAILAC) will share their experiences of the Mina Rees Library’s Open Pedagogy Fellowship as they brought their courses into alignment with open resources and inclusivity more broadly.

Wendy Barrales (Urban Education) will describe her work on the Women of Color Archive, currently in development on Manifold. Riah Lee Kinsey (MALS/DH) will share from their 2017 capstone project “Beyond the Vale,” a data visualization project that explored the history of Kinsey’s enslaved ancestors in antebellum North Carolina. Hosted by Anthony Wheeler (Urban Education) and Elvis Bakaitis (Interim Head of Reference).

This event is co-sponsored by the Mina Rees Library, the CUNY Academic Commons, Manifold, and the M.A. Program in Digital Humanities Program. 

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August Smith (they/them) is a doctoral student in sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Their research broadly looks at race and racism in U.S. education with an overarching goal of understanding how teachers and students can resist and subvert white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, and capitalist exploitation. Their current working project uses critical race theory to investigate differences in students’ and teachers’ perceptions of social justice in their school with the goal of better understanding the impacts of culturally-sustaining empathetic practices.

Riah Lee Kinsey (they/them or he/him) is an Archives and Preservation student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies at CUNY Queens College. Drawing upon their experiences as a black queer scholar, Riah’s primary focus is the relationship between marginalized communities and archives of historical knowledge. Their current project, which utilises historical newspaper databases in piecing together the lives of 19th-century black, gender nonconforming people, is an attempt to confront assumptions about the archive’s capacity to “hold” marginalized histories, while exploring the stakes of archival visibility in an increasingly digital world.

Wendy Barrales (she, her, ella) is an Ethnic Studies educator, scholar-activist, and founder of the WOCArchive, an intergenerational archive preserving the visual & aural stories of our BIPOC matriarchs. As a first-gen Xicana and daughter of formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants, Wendy works to center her family’s experiences in her research, community organizing, & classroom. She is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Urban Education where her work explores the intersections of gender, race, & art through a women and gender expansive high school Ethnic Studies course she co-created with her students.

Daniel Valtueña (he/him/his) is a PhD Candidate in the Latin American, Iberian, and Latino Cultures Department at the CUNY Graduate Center and a Mellon Humanities Public Fellow at the PublicsLab. Daniel teaches romance languages and cultures at Baruch College and works as a Programs Assistant at the Queens Council on the Arts. His research focuses on contemporary performing arts in the Spanish-speaking worlds. He is an independent curator based in New York and Madrid.


April 26
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Elvis Bakaitis