Congratulations Libby Garno!

Congratulations to Libby Garno (BA, Spanish & International Studies, 2016), who has just been awarded a second consecutive Fulbright grant to work as an English Teaching Assistant in Tunja, Colombia for AY 2018-2019. Libby will work as a Senior English Teaching Assistant, with responsibilities such as participating in language teacher training, determining education policy, and assuming managerial responsibilities at the Universidad Santo Tomás. It should be emphasized that Libby’s accomplishment is a pretty remarkable one — Fulbright states that only in exceptional cases will they award grants to applicants in two consecutive years. Bravo!

As she transitions to her new Fulbright position, Libby reflected on the impact of her Collaboratory work: “I fully believe that my experience as the Speech Production Lab Manager and my experience overseeing research as part of the Collaboratory Project gave me an edge in securing both Fulbright awards. Next year, I will be responsible for mentoring a group of ETAs while also fulfilling my own teaching and training duties, work that essentially parallels the type of work that I performed as a leader and member of the Collaboratory team. I gained and honed skills such as leadership and mentorship, balancing multiple workloads, and working on multifaceted projects as part of a large team during my time in the Collaboratory especially. These skills were extremely helpful while working as an ETA, and are essential abilities for any Fulbright position. I feel immensely fortunate to have received a second award and am grateful to the Collaboratory for what I learned and experienced while working alongside such a large team. I can confidently say that I wouldn’t be in the position I am today without all that I gained while being a member of the Speech Lab and the Collaboratory.”

Congratulations Claire Laing!

Congratulations to Claire Laing (BA, Spanish & Linguistics, 2017), who was recently accepted to study the Speech-Language Pathology major in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology in the Hunter College Graduate Program (NYC). Claire had a difficult decision when it came to deciding where to pursue graduate work: she applied to the most competitive programs in NYC (where she is from), and was accepted to all of them! Claire‘s first experience with Spanish Linguistics was in Fall 2015, when she enrolled in Spanish 298 with Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya. Since then, she enrolled in multiple advanced Spanish Linguistics courses in RLL (including an Independent Study in Winter 2017), and participated in the CGIS study-abroad program in Granada, Spain. Claire started working in the lab in Winter 2017. For those of you who are new to the From Africa to Patagonia Collaboratory project, Claire was a key player during the Proposal Development phase (May/June 2017), when she collaborated with Mallory Fuller to analyze the back vowels /a o c/ of the bilingual speakers.

As she transitions to her graduate studies, Claire reflected on the impact of her Collaboratory work on her undergraduate career: “Hunter College really values research work, so I think my time working with the lab and gaining authentic research experience definitely helped my application, and additionally the opportunity to work closely with other graduate students and faculty was an important aspect of the lab that I also think strengthened my application. What I loved about the Collaboratory research most was meeting new people and getting to work side by side with them. I also found the research itself interesting, so the opportunity to come together as a research team and discuss all the work we’d been doing individually and see how it all fit together was a great part of my experience working in the lab.”

Congratulations Claire!

Congratulations to Colleen Buckley!

Congratulations to Colleen Buckley (BA, Spanish, 2018), who recently accepted a full-time position at Beghou Consulting in Chicago, IL (working as Associate Consultant). Colleen’s first experience with Spanish Linguistics was in Fall 2016, when she took Spanish 298 with Nick Henriksen, PI for the From Africa to Patagonia project. Following, she enrolled in multiple advanced Spanish Linguistics courses in RLL, participated in two study-abroad programs in Spain during summer 2017 (including in Salamanca with Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya and Nick Henriksen), and completed an Independent Study on sound change on Andalusian Spanish in Fall 2017. Colleen started working in the lab in Summer 2017.

She has been an indispensable member of the Collaboratory project, specifically in her roles as labeller/checker/double-checker in the massive /p t k b d g/ corpus project. She is one of the most organized members of our team, and we will miss her greatly.  Congratulation Colleen!

Hyecho’s Journey featured at the Freer|Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian! 

This Fall saw the first project of the Humanities Collaboratory bear a range of remarkable fruit. On December 9, the entire team of Hyecho’s Journey made a trip to Washington, where the eighth-century Korean Buddhist monk Hyecho and his extraordinary journey is a focal point of a major exhibition of Buddhist art, entitled “Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice across Asia,” at the Freer|Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian. The exhibition, which opened on October 13, will run for three years.

During last week’s event in the Meyer Auditorium at the Freer|Sackler, Professor Donald Lopez (PI) and the rest of Team Hyecho (Kevin Carr, Carla Sinopoli, Chun Wa Chan, Ha Nul Jun, and Rebecca Bloom) spoke the lines from the graphic novel(ette) about the project in this Fall’s LSA Magazine, leading into a wide-ranging discussion with the audience, who had braved an inch of snow to attend.

The event coincided with the publication of their book “Hyecho’s Journey: The World of Buddhism.” The book describes twelve places that Hyecho stopped along his three-year journey—from Korea, to China, India, Arabia, and back to China—telling stories that Hyecho would have known about the sacred Buddhist sites that he visited and what those stories tell us about the Buddhist world. The book contains color plates of twenty-four works from the Freer|Sackler Galleries.

Also unveiled this Fall were two apps created by a group of UM students from UM’s Multidisciplinary Design Program. Under the guidance of Professor Sugih Jamin of EECS, the student team worked with experts at the Freer|Sackler over the past calendar year to create an interactive map for the iPad as well as a guide through the exhibition, complete with audio commentary and games, for the iPhone, allowing visitors to the exhibition to learn more about the Buddhist world Hyecho encountered on his pilgrimage. The apps are free and available for download from the Apple Store. The team included undergraduate Computer Science students Anders Boberg, Bailey Case, Elijah Sattler, and Eric Yeh, as well as School of Information graduate student Wei Cai, School of Information undergraduate Rebecca Henry, and SI/Art & Design dual major Sindhu Giri.

Finally, over the Thanksgiving break, five members of Team Hyecho traveled to Korea and Japan, visiting sites associated with Hyecho in Korea as well as museums in both countries that hold important collections from the period of his travels.

Congratulations to the entire team of Hyecho’s Journey!

Hyecho’s Journey in LSA Magazine Fall 2017

Hyecho’s Journey is one of the first projects funded by the Humanities Collaboratory.  LSA Magazine has highlighted the project in the Fall 2017 issue.  Read the story about a mysterious monk, a multi-city research project, and the future of the humanities here.  You can also enjoy Hyecho’s Journey through their app, just search on Hyecho’s Journey in the Apple App store.

Collaboratory in U-M Leadership Breakfast Remarks

During his 2017 Leadership Breakfast, President Schlissel made note of the Humanities Collaboratory among a set of new campus-wide initiatives that are “helping to unleash faculty creativity in innovative ways.” Schlissel acknowledged the role and importance of project-based, faculty-led collaboration in positioning U-M as a leading site of new knowledge production.

2017 Leadership Breakfast (Remarks)

Congratulations to our 2017 Proposal Development Grant Recipients! 

We are extremely pleased to announce the following recipients of our proposal development grants. These grants will support the planning and development of projects in May and June 2017.

Argentine Afrikaners: Interrogating Hybridity in a Unique Diasporic Community
This project will examine the practices of a unique settlement in Patagonia, Argentina, which presents an exceptional situation of cultural and linguistic contact between Afrikaans and Argentine-Spanish communities. By studying the archive of oral narratives both for their linguistic structures and in terms of their ideological content, the team will determine the nature and extent of linguistic hybridity between Afrikaans and Spanish in individual speakers. To preserve cultural history and language, the team will also create a multilingual archive and website (in English, Spanish, and Afrikaans) that would provide access to open-source applications containing video and sound clips, transcripts, and the history of the community.

PI: Nicholas Henriksen, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures
Team Members: Andries Coetzee, Associate Professor, Linguistics, Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Ryan Szpiech, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Paulina Alberto, Associate Professor, History, & Romance Languages & Literatures, Katharine Jenckes, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures; Graduate students, including two close collaborators and one IT assistant (TBD); Undergraduate students: Mallory Fuller, Ella Deaton, Meghan Samyn

The Gabii Digital Publication Collaboratory
This project is grounded in the publication of a series of “next generation monographs” reporting the results of excavations in the ancient Latin city of Gabii led by Dr. Nicola Terrenato and sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology since 2007. Using these monographs as examples, the project will pair disciplinary experts with information scientists, scholars of rhetoric and composition, technologists, librarians and publishers from Michigan Publishing (including University of Michigan Press) to investigate the ways in which users engage with digital publications and improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities.

PI: Nicola Terrenato, Esther B. Van Deman Professor of Classical Studies
Team Members: Naomi Silver, Associate Director, Sweetland Center for Writing, David Stone, Associate Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, School of Information, Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian (Publishing), University Library; Graduate students: Zoe Jenkins, Classical Studies, Matthew Naglak, Classical Studies, Tyler Johnson, Classical Studies, Adrienne Raw, English Language and Literature, and one member from the School of Information TBD)

On the Emergence and Development of Three Atlantic Creoles: A Linguistic and Historical Perspective on Haitian, Sranan and Cape Verdean
This project will examine a set of early creole texts written in the 16th and 18th centuries and the historical context in which they were written. Specifically, the team will bring together historians and linguists to study the earliest written records of Haitian Creole, (a French-based creole), Sranan Creole (an English-based creole) and Cape Verdean Creole (a Portuguese-based creole), and draw a fuller picture of the linguistic and historical insights that these texts have to offer in addressing the following questions: What did a given creole look like in the early stages of development? Who were the original founding populations and what were the languages in contact? Who were the early agents of creolization: adults and/or children? What was the socio-historical context in which the creole developed?

PI: Marlyse Baptista, Professor, Linguistics and DAAS
Team Members: Sarah Thomason, Professor, Linguistics, Jean Hébrard, Professor, History/Humanities Institute, Graduate Students: Ariana Bancu, Linguistics, Yourdanis Sedarous, Linguistics, Andrew Walker, History; Undergraduate Students: Naomi Gottschalk, Linguistics

FAST Lecture: A Karanis Collaboratory

The Karanis Project, funded by the Collaboratory, will summarize their study of the ancient village of Karanis in Egypt from multidisciplinary perspectives on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Auditorium C, Angell Hall. For more information about this research project, please visit their website. FAST lectures are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.