2017 Freedman Fellows announced

Kelvin Smith Library and The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship announced the 2017 Freedman Fellows.

The Freedman Fellows Program supports full-time faculty in integrating new digital tools and technology into their research.

This year’s fellows are:

  • Timothy Beal, the Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and chair of the Department of Religious Studies;
  • Denna Iammarino, lecturer in the Department of English; and
  • Rachel Lovell and Misty Luminais, senior research associates at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education & Research.

The College of Arts and Sciences, Kelvin Smith Library and Freedman Fellows Endowment by Samuel B. and Marian K. Freedman fund the Freedman Fellows program.

More information about the program can be found at library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/.

Learn about their projects below.

Timothy Beal

Beal is interested in changing the way we consume biblical translations in a post-print media world. Traditional translations have no way to explore the rich ambiguities and inconclusive nature of literary texts. Using Python, a programming language, Beal will develop a program that will take text from the Hebrew Book of Genesis and find new ways to explore various translations.

Denna Iammarino

Iammarino aims to preserve and transcribe John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, a 16th century literary gem. By creating the first-ever digital edition of the text, Ianmmarino will build digital learning tools around the text with abilities to toggle between annotations and transcribed editions. Her goal is to make the text accessible beyond academia, taking a rare understudied text and reviving a significant piece of literary history.

Rachel Lovell and Misty Luminais

Lovell and Luminais, have collected data from more than 500 backlogged sexual assault kits from Cuyahoga County dating from 1993 to 2009. Using The Freedman Center’s ArcGIS visual mapping software, Lovell and Luminais are interested in exploring the spatial relationships between attackers, survivors and the surrounding environment. By exploring the geographical data and making it available to the public, they aim to be a resource to criminology circles where data at this level of detail has not been seen before.