Website: Associate Professor of Art History, Allegheny College, with a specialty in medieval and Renaissance art; founding member of History & Heritage Committee at the College.. Am teaching a new course on Public History & Heritage, particularly working with Curatescape and other digital tools to develop history of NW Pa.. In development: public history projects, administering a Mellon grant on Undergraduate Research in the humanities. Posts by acarr (1) →

Alexandra Coffman

Twitter: @AAlexCCoffman
Website: I am a MA student currently working on degrees in public history and international relations. I recently finished a year of study abroad through the Atlantis Program at the University of Tartu in Estonia and Collegium Civitas in Poland, where I interned at the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. I have always been interested in new technology and make an effort to stay on top of new trends.
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Arjun Sabharwal

Twitter: @toledosattic
Website: I have been a Digital Initiatives Librarian at the University of Toledo since 2009, and my projects have focused on digital history and humanities. I had taught humanities for several years prior to receiving my training in archival preservation and administration at Wayne State University. I manage several digital collections and Toledo's Attic, which was pioneering digital history project since 1996. My interests in humanities, geography, and applicable technologies have brought me to digital humanities and history, and as a digital archivist/librarian/curator, I see great potential for technology to partner with humanities scholars. My previous Thatcamp experience was in 2010 when I led a discussion on scholar-archivist collaboration on digital humanities projects: (C203, 11 a.m.).
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Cyns Nelson

Website: My first professional interest is to establish a statewide oral-history library, encouraging personal narrative as a relevant and accessible source of information. Also, I'm interested in oral excerpts for poetic and other creative uses.


Twitter: @danroyles
Website: I'm a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. My research examines the political culture of African American AIDS activism. As part of that work, I'm conducting an oral history project ( and an Omeka site ( to help capture the voices of people who have been involved in HIV prevention in African American communities over the past three decades.
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Erin Bell

Twitter: @ebellempire
Website: Erin Bell is Project Coordinator and Technology Director at the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities at Cleveland State University.
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Twitter: @jamesdcalder
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John Yackulics

Twitter: @jhistorian1
Website: I'm a
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I'm an archivist, happy to participate. I live and work in Austin, TX. As an archivist, I've worked as both a custodian of oral history collections -- concerned with access and preservation -- and as a practitioner conducting interviews and managing projects. Professionally, I am interested in the ways in which oral history is understood in and as the "official record," and what the "official record" means to different information creators and audiences. I'm also personally interested in how oral history may be integrated into ESL/EFL instruction, especially adult ESL, and integrated into programs geared toward helping residents adjust to new communities, particularly immigrants.


Twitter: @marksouther
Website: Mark Souther is associate professor and co-director of the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities (CPHDH) in the Department of History at Cleveland State University. He earned his Ph.D. in history at Tulane University. Souther is the author of New Orleans on Parade: Tourism and the Transformation of the Crescent City (LSU Press, 2006) and several scholarly articles and essays on urban and suburban history, and is co-editor of American Tourism: Constructing a National Tradition (Center for American Places, 2012). He is currently at work on a new book titled Believing in Cleveland: Managing Decline in "The Best Location in the Nation." Souther’s public history experience includes involvement with his colleague Mark Tebeau in multiple U.S. Department of Education-funded Teaching American History grants and in guiding several oral history–based CPHDH projects (including the Euclid Corridor History Project and the Cleveland Historical mobile smartphone app); directing more than 40 student internships; preparing a successful National Register of Historic Places nomination for the largest historic district in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where he serves on the Cleveland Heights Landmark Commission; and developing and leading numerous walking tours in Richmond, New Orleans, and Cleveland.
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Museum advocate, interviewer, Columbia OHMA alum and teacher interested in big questions: What do we hear when we listen? Hybrid interpretive strategies and life history: too much of a good thing or perfect marriage? What are digital environments and how do they support/create/initiate critically reflective, imaginative work?


Mary Ann Johnson


Twitter: @@urbanhumanist
Website: In 2008, THATCamp helped me remake and reimagine my scholarship as a digital humanist; have been involved) and have been involved ever since (helping host/organize THATCamp Columbus). I am back for more reinvention. <br. I've already invented a bio on the web ( and am engaged in multiple research, teaching, and learning projects. At the Center for Public History + Digital Humanities ( we've built Cleveland Historical (, a mobile app for curating cities (or museums or ...) through interpretive humanities narratives, which is an instance of our larger Mobile Historical project, an open-source tool for simultaneous mobile/web curation and digital storytelling. The cool thing about it is that Omeka functions as the underlying CMS, deployed into mobile environments and tricked out with new plug-ins, themes, and such. As well as all the issues related to curating cities, I am increasingly curious about the process of reinventing practice, theory, and the humanities for the digital age. More specifically, in the context of my research into cities, landscape, and place, I have become deeply curious and strangely inarticulate about how our digital work has shaped and reinvented the physical landscapes around us. Does the digital alter the experience of the landscape? As I curate a city am I contributing to its decline as an experience, a lived human place? In some sense, am I not doing something like Czech nationalists of the 19th century, inventing heroes, such as Zaboj and Slavoj, and memorializing them in stone in an attempt to recreate the social and political world? Am I not engaged in this same sort of endeavor when I talk of curating the city digitally--using the virtual to make the loss of the loss and degradation of the physical landscape seem somehow natural and tolerable? Reinvention is the work of the digital humanities in so many domains, and I want to continue that journey in the lovely informality of an unconference.
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Twitter: @natalie_milbrodt
Website: I graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Interdisciplinary Humanities and a Specialization in Film Studies. For the next decade, I worked in Detroit and New York City as a filmmaker and as a content developer for an interactive exhibit firm specializing in experiential design. I developed the Queens Memory Project digital archives as an MLIS graduate student in 2010 on behalf of the Department of Special Collections and Archives at Queens College and the Archives at Queens Library. This oral history-based digital archives came out of my interest in the challenging art of interviewing and my desire to create a stronger relationship between the people of Queens and our public archives. The project has recently become a paid position and now I face the exciting challenge of further incorporating the project into its partner institutions' regular operations.
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Norma Smith is a community scholar from Oakland, California, and the founding director of The Edge of Each Other’s Battles Project. The Edge Project brings together academic and community-based scholars to work toward social change. We produce community events, organize sessions at academic conferences, and facilitate interdisciplinary, site-specific, collaboratively designed seminars, conferences, and working groups on themes related to community history, culture, and politics. Norma worked in hospitals for more than forty years. Her current oral history project, “Who Cares: Representation, Voice, and Shared Authority on Medical Ethics Committees,” asks the questions, Who serves on medical ethics committees? and How might community representation on such committees be supported in more authentic ways than it is at present? Recently retired. Now working on poetry, fiction, memoir, and some oral history.



Twitter: @@deanreh
Website: I have been around for a bit and I have become more and more interested in figuring out what is it we are doing when we say we are doing history. How does an expert actually evaluate a material culture object? How can we model humanities expertise? Other than that I believe that Niki Minaj is the quintessential artist of our time despite her grammy performance.



Twitter: @@rushgeo
I'm a geography student with a background in visualization who is now turning towards the integration of qualitative content in computer cartography. My project is on mapping the oral histories from the Hilltop neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio. Currently, collected stories are being archived online by our university library, but they are relatively inaccessible there. My goal is to make them more accessible in an engaging platform that could help change the narrative of this neighborhood. Galaga is one of my favorite arcade games, but I admit to not being very good at it.

Shannon Simpson

Website: I am a research and instruction librarian at Towson University outside of Baltimore, MD. Through an initiative begun by my university in a historically significant Baltimore city neighborhood, I began an oral history project in 2010. The project teaches fifth graders in a local school about the history of their neighborhood and pairs them with seniors in the neighborhood to learn about their shared pasts. Posts by Shannon Simpson (1) →


Twitter: @@sashamkinney
Website: I am a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in library and information science. I'm interested in oral history, oral history archives and archival outreach (K-12, mostly). After graduation I see myself in literacy non-profit management or instructional librarianship.


Twitter: @s_schwinghamer
Steven Schwinghamer works at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 as an historian. His projects include research and interviewing in support of the museum's oral history project; historical denial, detention and deportation, especially in connection with immigrant health; the history and heritage of Halifax's immigration facilities; and digital collection management.
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William Cowan

Twitter: @wgcowan
Website: I have about 20 years of enterprise system development both in the private sector and at Indiana University. I have extensive experience working with relational databases, working as a database administrator and/or managing database administrators at Millipore Corporation in Massachusetts and Alexsis Corporation and Proquest Corporation in Michigan. In addition at Proquest, I managed the business systems staff of about 30 members including developers, system designers, system architects, DBA’s and System Administrators. At Indiana University, I have been the project manager and system architect for several successful projects including Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis, a multi-year Mellon funded project, and the Ethnomusicalogy Multimedia project with Indiana University Press and Temple University Press, as well as leading development in the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. I am currently the Associate Director of Software Development Digital Libraries managing multiple projects and a development team of 6 to 8 systems analyst. I am also the principal investigator for an NEH Office of Digital Humanities start-up grant to create a video annotation plugin for Omeka that will allow the display of video segments plus annotation in Omeka and Omeka exhibits.
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Website: I have been a member of the Oral History Committee and past board member of the Oberlin Heritage Center for about 10 years; have over 20 years of experience with video interviews as related to personal community-specific documentaries; am a retired internal medicine specialist and geriatrician; have over 15 edited documentaries that I have produced; am now working to help our organization develop archiving and updated methods for preserving our historical video and audio recordings. Posts by wjmckibben (1) →


Website: I have been a lecturer since 1996, at CSUN, and became interested in Oral History because of a preservation project. Hmmm, technologically speaking, I consider myself a "user"--I use dreamweaver, for example, I have webpages for my classes, but I just know the basics. I am especially interested in soaking up all I can on new technology around oral history, and will be attending the workshops during the week on oral interviews. I would have attended the one on film as well, but it is at the same time as the other one. I would like to learn some sound file basics, along with the best programs used for Oral History so I can begin learning how to use them. This is all to say I am especially interested in learning all I can about the recording, archiving, and presentation of voice, of audio first, video second. If THAT Camp will allow me to learn more, and it sounds as if we learn by doing, then this would be marvelous. Perhaps you could clarify the nature of this workshop, this would help. Nan Posts by yamanan (1) →