Past Lunchtime Lectures

Lunchtime Lectures provide talented scholars with the opportunity to share their Digital Humanities work with interested students, faculty, staff, and members of the community over lunch. All workshops are free and take place on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 pm. 

Spring 2019

Indigenous Collections and Digital Horizons: New Approaches for Connecting Communities, Archives, and Museums 

Christine DeLucia (Mt Holyoke) | Wednesday, February 6

Native American communities, archivists, museum curators, and digital technology specialists are pursuing innovative techniques for re-envisioning collections of original Indigenous heritage materials and decolonizing knowledge-sharing processes. This presentation draws on examples from the Native Northeast to examine opportunities for digital interventions into historically colonialist modes of collecting, while also recognizing cautions and constraints about making materials more widely available. It invites conversation about best ways to reconnect significant objects and texts with their communities of origin as well as scholars, students, and public audiences.

Building a Midwest DH Community: The Digital Humanities Research Institute in South Bend 

Dan Johnson (Notre Dame) and Sarah Noonan (St Marys) | Wednesday, February 13

Sarah Noonan and Daniel Johnson will discuss their collaboration on an inaugural, four-day Digital Humanities Research Institute in South Bend, Indiana this May, which will introduce participants to the foundational computational methodologies that undergird DH projects of all kinds. Projecting use cases from their own research, Johnson and Noonan will discuss the importance of community creation in DH circles, how this event seeks to promote a digital humanities network across the region, and how Loyola University Chicago students and alumni can become involved. 

How Maps Reveal (and Conceal) History

Susan Schulten (Denver) | Wednesday, March 20

From the voyages of discovery to the digital age, maps are fundamental to American history. Whether handmaidens of diplomacy, tools of statecraft, instruments of reform, or even advertisements, maps both reflect and shape particular moments in time. As such, they remain rich yet underutilized sources of historical research. Join us as Susan Schulten demonstrates the way that maps illuminate and complicate modern understandings of the past, and in turn how the digital humanities has transformed the study of maps. To glimpse a bit of the past through maps, visit the site for Schulten’s newest work: 

The Sesquicentennial Scholars: Preparing for 2020

Tina Figueroa, Hannah Overstreet, Zach Stella, Austin Sundstrom (Loyola) | Wednesday, April 10

Since early 2018, the Sesquicentennial Scholars have been preparing for Loyola's 150th anniversary in 2020. This preparation includes the creation of a digital exhibit, "Then and Now: 150 Years at Loyola University Chicago," and other research and outreach projects. Over the past year, the Scholars have been prototyping user experience and other features and building code for Omeka S.

Fall 2018

The Mark Twain Project: Longevity and the Digital Edition

Mandy Gagel (UC Berkeley) | Wednesday, November 7

Amanda Gagel, PhD, will discuss her work as an editor at the Mark Twain Project (, a print and digital scholarly edition project at UC-Berkeley. With a full-time team of editors, this project has been going strong for decades, maintaining a commitment to producing award winning critical editions of Twain's novels and personal writings. Dr. Gagel will discuss how the project operates, the editorial policies it employs, and career paths in the fields of textual scholarship and digital humanities.

Digital Humanities from a Polish Perspective

Danuta Smolucha (Ignatianum) | Wednesday, October 24

The last two decades have been a time of great development in the Digital Humanities, a discipline at the intersection of the humanities, computer science, and art. But not every country in the world has enjoyed the same growth. Learn how this discipline has been undertaken in Poland, what are the factors which raise the potential growth of the Digital Humanities and also the challenges which inhibit this development. Dr. Smolucha will share examples of Polish projects and how people are learning to be digital humanists in Poland. 

"What do you do when your school suddenly becomes famous? Digitally Archiving #MarchMadness"

Ashley Howdeshell and Margaret Heller (Loyola)| Wednesday, October 3

What happens when a school not known as a college basketball powerhouse suddenly becomes the Cinderella story of the NCAA March Madness Tournament?

The frenzy over Loyola’s Men’s Basketball Team’s historic NCAA Basketball Tournament run resulted in the creation of hundreds of memes, online articles, digital videos, tweets, and images taken by cell phone cameras. Assistant University Archivist Ashley Howdeshell and Digital Services Librarian Margaret Heller will discuss the tools and strategies used to preserve this digital moment of fame. Learn how Archive It was used to capture and preserve over 300 unique URLs and how a function of Omeka allowed for Loyola fans to submit their digital images and videos to the University Archives.

Creating Digital Archives and Careers in the Digital Humanities

Xavier Snowman and Hannah Davison (Adam Matthew) | Wednesday, September 19

Ever wonder what goes into creating a commercial digital resource? Curious about careers doing that kind of work? 

For our first lunchtime lecture of the new year, Xavier Snowman, Academic Outreach and Project Development, and Hannah Davison, Development Editor, at Adam Matthew will talk about the work that goes into creating digital resources, from coming up with an idea for a new collection, working with archives, editorial and technical production, and finally to outreach and support for users.