Projects

Check back after July 22, 2019, for projects from #dssf19!

In the meantime, please look at prior projects completed by #dssf18.

American Gothic for Students – Madison Cramer ’19

American Gothic for Students is a website dedicated to showing connections among authors of American Gothic Literature, with an emphasis on authors who are not often included in high school curricula. The site, which is made on Scalar, has some background information on Gothic literature and the way authors of different identities fit into it, as well as information about specific authors in the form of author pages. Each author has a page that includes links to full texts of their Gothic works, biographical information, and brief analyses of some recurring characteristics of their works. The site also connects authors based on shared themes and includes a visual representation of those connections in the form of a network web made on Onodo. The site will continue to expand with more author pages being added throughout the year.

Gettysburg College: A Diversity Story  – Ivana Lopez Espinosa ’19

Gettysburg College: A Diversity Story is a concise history of the diversification of Gettysburg College from the establishment to the present by creating different timelines to feature significant events, organizations, and students, related to or specifically about race, gender, sexuality, and religion. A large part of the information comes from papers in The Cupola and searching through college documents, oral histories, and college publications located in Special Collections and College Archives. The website is hosted on WordPress and timelines are embedded in the site through TimelineJS. The website will be made available to the campus community as a way to converse about the “unspoken” history of the college to see how much we have changed and whether our efforts have been sufficient.

I Can Hardly Believe the Changes – Emma Lewis ’20

I Can Hardly Believe the Changes is based on a collection of the first oral histories done by students about Gettysburg College. Created during a 1978 J-term class, the oral histories dealt with the college in the 1920s, the 1930s, and the 1940s. This project uses the audio from the oral histories along with archived media from Special Collections to create video interpretations. These videos contextualize the history of Gettysburg College by connecting archival images and physical spaces to the memories in the oral histories. The project utilizes Audacity and Shotcut to create the video interpretations and Scalar to organize the interpretation.

Remembering Gettysburg: From Memorial to Stage– Gauri Mangala ’21

Remembering Gettysburg is an interactive analysis of the development of performance and storytelling in the town of Gettysburg. The project is as a way to understand the history and culture behind performative historical remembrance models, like ghost tours and living history museums, and to house archives of the Gettysburg College Theatre Department in a public-facing space. The site uses tools like WordPress and TimelineJS to analyze tourism in Gettysburg from Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address to the present. Just as long as the townspeople of Gettysburg are devoted to remembering ‘what they did here,’ the town will remain both a memorial and a stage.

How Do We Fit In? – Augusta Pendergast ’19

How Do We Fit In? is a website that looks to explore the theories of modernism and postmodernism through the context of Gettysburg College. The project has three goals. First, it aims to make the ideas of modernism and postmodernism more accessible to a non-philosophy oriented audience. Second, the project demonstrates how the themes of belief/skepticism, universalism/relativism, and the self are seen in the Gettysburg community through analyzing student works. Examples of these student works include The Mercury as well as protest publications from the 60s and 70s. Third, the project looks at the evolution of the self through the modern, the postmodern, and into the contemporary age in hopes of understanding how we conceptualize the self today and enact change in our society. Through using tools such as TimelineJS, Voyant, and text analysis, this project brings new light to Gettysburg College history as well as the reality of these eras throughout the 20th century in order to understand ourselves today.