Workshop Series

We offer free workshops to introduce concepts and methods useful for digital humanities scholarship.
Check our current schedule for offerings this semester.
If you'd like to arrange a workshop specially for your class, campus group, or community group, let us know.

Mapping, Geospatial Analysis, & Data Visualization

Build Your First Interactive Web Map

Interactive web maps are a great way to share the results of your research and allow others to explore them. In this workshop, we'll explore the basics of web mapping with a free online tool called Carto.

Historic Maps from Paper to the Screen

Historic paper maps offer a wealth of information useful for examining spatial change over time. In this workshop, learn how to find free-to-use high-res images of historic maps in digital libraries around the world, and transform those images into geo-rectified digital layers you can add to your mapping projects.

Introduction to QGIS

QGIS is a free and open source Geographic Information System (GIS) that can be used on Macs and PCs. Learn how to find geographic data, create layers, and perform basic geographic analyses.

Introduction to Tableau Public

Tableau Public is a free data visualization tool. You can create interactive graphs, dashboards, maps and tables from virtually any data. The tool includes a free desktop product that you can download and use to publish interactive data visualizations to the web.



Whodunnit?: An Introduction to Practical Text Mining

How can one start to identify the author of an anonymous or collaborative text? Whether it be a legal document, a manifesto, or a supposedly authorless novel, digital stylometry can provide us an inroad into further research. In this workshop, we’ll explain how authorship so ware works, how to responsibly build a corpus for an authorship study, and how to work around its limitations (such as deliberately imitative texts). ese topics will be organized around a case study of sequels to Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Please bring a laptop to this session.

Annotation in the Digital Age

The age-old practices of annotation and close reading are undergoing a digital transformation. Digital annotation tools now abound and have created new platforms for scholarly research and collaboration and increased opportunities for engaged student readership. In this workshop, explore current digital humanities projects which employ digital annotation, while also learning about the textual and visual media annotation tools that can enrich your own scholarship and pedagogical practice.



Using Excel with Research Data: Formulas and Functions

Much of Microso Excel’s data-crunching power lies in Excel functions and Excel formulas, which allow all sorts of data analysis, from simple sums to lookup tables and everything in between. In this one hour workshop, we’ll talk about some of our favorites, and then have hands-on practice building formulas and using Excel functions. We will also have time for you to bring your data and questions for personalized help.

Using Excel with Research Data: Pivot Tables

Sometimes it is difficult to analyze all of the information in your Microso Excel worksheet. PivotTables can help make your worksheets more manageable by summarizing data and allowing you to manipulate it in dfferent ways. In this workshop, we’ll have hands-on practice using a pivot table to manipulate and summarize a dataset so that you’ll leave with a greater understanding of how and when to use this handy tool with your data.

Using Excel with Research Data: Macros

Macros in Excel enable you to automate a repetitive task so that you can do the task again with a single click. During this workshop, we’ll teach you how to record a macro and introduce you to the Visual Basic Editor for more advanced macro programming. You’ll leave with a greater awareness of when macros might be useful, as well as hands on practice creating macros, and resources to continue your learning.

Turn Text Data Messes into Clean and Useful Troves of Information

Is your spreadsheet full of inconsistent spellings, strange abbreviations, and/or columns you wish someone had organized different at the start? Or are you just facing a large dataset and aren't sure how to get your head around it? Learn how to use OpenRefine, a free and open source tool for taming data, and feel like a caster of data magic spells.





Privacy is an important building block of intellectual freedom.  The right to research, communicate, and experiment with ideas in an environment free of surveillance is important to the process of creating new knowledge, and to creative and political work. But as more and more of our communication, document storage, and everyday activities happen in the digital world, ensuring privacy has become more complicated. In this series of three increasingly sophisticated workshops, learn hands-on, practical steps you can take to protect your privacy. 

Digital Privacy I: Everyday Privacy Protection

Learn about the major risks to your privacy, how to discern riskier digital circumstances from safer ones, and "set-it-and-forget-it" low-barrier actions you can take to increase your protection. Have questions about two-factor authentication, password managers, https, private messaging apps, and how to stop those personalized ads with pictures of the last pair of shoes you shopped for from following you around online?  During the workshop, take the opportunity to change browser settings, device settings, and browser plug-ins that will make real differences to your privacy. In addition, learn how to take advantage of library and campus resources that can help. Bring your laptop, smartphone, and other devices to this session.

Digital Privacy II: Increasing your Anonymity and Security Online

Depending on your individual risks and priorities, you may want to take further steps to increase your digital anonymity and security. Learn about VPNs, the Tor browser, hard-disk encryption, and how to decrease your risks when crossing international borders. Learn about when you might want to take further steps, and the advantages and drawbacks of various methods.  

Digital Privacy III: Advanced Strategies for Greater Protection

Individuals are sometimes personally targeted for intense harassment or surveillance online. Whistleblowers, political activists, and feminist and anti-racist scholars who are active online, for example, may be at particular risk. If you think you may be at risk for targeted harassment or surveillance, there are steps you can take to increase your protection against doxxing (publicity of your personal data) and communication interception. We'll discuss them at this workshop. 



Build Your Own Professional Website

Graduate students: construct a professional academic website using Wordpress software. Study examples of good design and architecture, explore structural and aesthetic options, consider how you will share your site with audiences in the future, then begin to build it. Participants will be encouraged to complete a worksheet ahead of time and bring in their CVs, pdfs of exemplary essays, and other relevant materials to get the most out of the session: a working professional website!

Wordpress for Websites

Not just for blogs, WordPress can be used to produce elegant, user-friendly websites. Whether you’re creating a publicly-accessible, scholarly website or an online collection of texts or images for private use, WordPress is a flexible solution with a simple, intuitive interface and surprisingly powerful plugins. Learn the basics of WordPress site building in this session.

Building an Online Collection with Omeka

Omeka is a free, open source platform for publishing digital collections on the web. Using this innovative software developed for scholars, build collections of texts, images, or multimedia, and display content through galleries, with curatorial annotations, on maps, and more. Attendees will learn the basics while creating a small digital collection and online exhibition.

Designing Effective Presentations

Learn the basics of creating dynamic visual presentations in any discipline, whether you use PowerPoint or Keynote as your presentation so ware. In this workshop, we will show you where to nd images that can be used legally and ethically, and give tips to design visually compelling slides that will get your points across e ectively and boost your con dence as a presenter.

Basic HTML

Learn the syntax and structure of html in this introduction to the Internet’s most basic markup language. You’ll code a simple web page during this sixty-minute, hands-on session.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop

A hands-on introduction to image manipulation using the latest Adobe Photoshop so ware. Learn about image le formats, color correction, how to touch up photos and ready images for print or web publishing. Practice with basic Photoshop tools used for selecting and altering forms, adjusting brightness, contrast and color saturation, and converting and resizing images. No previous experience required.



Wikipedia Editing

Interested in becoming a Wikipedian and improving the open educational content of this online encyclopedia?  The first thirty minutes of this class will be a short introduction to how Wikipedia works, why getting involved in it matters, and an overview of the basics of editing for new and beginning editors.  The introduction will be followed by a hands-on editing session. You don’t have to be an expert to contribute - just bring your questions and topics that you’re interested in working on to start.

Take part in Wikipedia Art + Feminism 2019

It’s an international “rhizomatic campaign to improve coverage of women and the arts on Wikipedia, and to encourage female editorship.” The big event will be on Friday, March 8th. Get ready ahead of time by attending a Wikipedia workshop. Also take a look at one of our Wikipedia guides: Art+Feminism or Wikipedia.



Introduction to Zotero

This hands-on workshop will introduce you to the free PDF and citation management tool, Zotero ( is session will cover the basics of how to add citations and PDFs and how to create bibliographies in various formats. If you’re already using Zotero and want to learn how to use it more e ciently, consider attending our Zotero Clinic workshop (see description, below).

Introduction to LaTeX

A hands-on introduction to document creation with LaTeX using the TeXStudio front-end and the MikTeX engine for Windows. LaTeX is a markup language enabling anyone to create high quality typeset documents. Learn the basic structure of LaTeX and take advantage of the tools provided in TeXStudio. No previous experience required.

Scrivener for [Academic] Writing

Scrivener is so ware for writing with more organization and other options than a word processor. It can be installed on Macs, PCs, and, just recently, iOS mobile devices. Long a favorite with ction writers, its many powerful features are increasingly making it a favorite among academics. Workshop attendees should bring their own laptops with the 30 day trial installed, if they have not yet purchased Scrivener.