2016 Freedman Fellows presentations

The 2016 Freedman Fellows will give presentations on their research Tuesday, March 7, from noon to 3:15 p.m. in Kelvin Smith Library’s Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship.

The 2016 Freedman Fellows are:

  • Elliot Posner, associate professor of political science;
  • Shannon Sterne, assistant professor of dance; and
  • Gillian Weiss, associate professor of history.

The fellows also will discuss how the program provided support for their research.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

For more information and to register, visit library.case.edu/ksl/freedmancenter/digitalscholarship/fellows/.

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

This annual award is given to full-time CWRU faculty whose current scholarly research projects involve some corpus of data that is of scholarly or instructional interest, involve the use of digital tools and processes and have clearly articulated project outcomes in support of digital scholarship.

The presentations

Elliot Posner: “Muddling Through Technology-Related Challenges in Qualitative Social Scientific Research”

Elliot PosnerPosner will present on technology-related challenges that he and his co-author, Nicolas Véron, have encountered in conducting research and writing an article about European Union financial regulatory internationalism.

The presentation will focus on:

  • Problems connected with the organization and presentation of qualitative data;
  • More demanding research transparency requirements in the social sciences;
  • Issues surrounding corporate news aggregators; and
  • Complications vis-à-vis the use of big data.

His presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.

Shannon Sterne: “Small Talk: An Interdisciplinary Creative Collaboration Investigating Introversion, Social Anxiety, and Depression”

Shannon Sterne“Small Talk” is an interdisciplinary creative collaboration, which investigated the range of discomfort and pain experienced by introverted people as they tried to navigate a world biased toward extroverts. The work premiered in November 2016 at Mather Dance Center as part of the Department of Dance faculty and guest artist concert.

“Small Talk” is composed of two distinct performance sections:

  • An ensemble section featuring six dancers performing to an original professionally recorded score; and
  • A solo section, which melded live performance of dance, piano and spoken word with projected video art.

Sterne will detail the orchestration of the various artistic considerations and practical processes involved in the creation of the solo section with particular regard to how each element was transformed by the inclusion of the video art component.

Sterne’s presentation will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Gillian Weiss: “The Jewish View at CWRU: Campus Activism, 1967-1973”

Gillian WeissWeiss, PhD candidate Michael Metsner and undergraduate student Noah Boksansky will discuss the second stage of their fellowship project on the role of Jewish students, faculty and administrators in campus activism during the Vietnam era.

This presentation will focus on the curation of the current exhibit at Kelvin Smith Library and the development of an Omeka website.

Weiss’s presentation will begin at 2:30 p.m. Following this presentation, attendees are invited to Kelvin Smith Library’s Special Collections to view the “The Jewish View at CWRU” exhibit.