Digital Storytelling Internship

This semester, IRIS intern Christal Sampson investigated ways to create digital storytelling projects with a variety open source software. For her final project, Christal created this digital story about her upcoming graduation from SIUE. Check it out here:  

Dr. Johanna Schmitz Receives SIUE’s Prestigious Hoppe Award

Dr. Johanna Schmitz, Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance and one of our most dedicated IRIS-affiliated faculty, is the recipient of the 2018 Hoppe Award for her research on the Rose Theatre. Congratulations, Johanna!

New Digital Humanities Exhibit, Toni Morrison: Beyond Fiction

In celebration of Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Professor Tisha Brooks and the ENG 477 Toni Morrison class invite you to visit their Digital Humanities Exhibit, Toni Morrison: Beyond Fiction. This student-curated exhibit includes excerpts from a rich and varied collection of Morrison’s non-fictional work. In addition to seeing and hearing passages, selected and read by students in the ENG 477 course, you will also hear their reflections on Morrison’s writing and the discoveries they have made through encountering her work. Please use the following link to access the exhibit:

Print Treasures Find Digital Life: Madison Historical Shares Edwardsville Native’s Letters from Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kelli West IRIS center President Roosevelt letters Madison Historical 02-14-18

You never quite know what historical treasures you’ll find when you peruse Madison Historical: The Online Encyclopedia and Digital Archive for Madison County, Ill.Featuring oral history interviews, photographs, encyclopedia articles and more, the archive brings historical documents to digital life and offers the public unique access to Madison County’s past…read more.

CAS Presents Distinguished Going Award to Jessica DeSpain

IRIS center Jessica Despain CAS Going Award 01-31-18

While her scholarly interests have evolved through her academic career, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Jessica DeSpain’s commitment to work rooted in service and storytelling has not. DeSpain, PhD, is a respected teacher, colleague and community member who learns by doing and ignites in others a desire to get involved and make a difference…read more.

Digital East St. Louis in PUBLIC: A Journal of Imaging America

The Digital East St. Louis project is featured in the new special issue of PUBLIC: A Journal of Imagining America. See the gallery space here:

Students Producing Solutions

Student leaders from over a dozen middle and high schools in Madison County attended the second summit on Jan. 9 of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities (MJCFH) “Conversation Towards a Brighter Future” initiative…Read more from the Edwardsville Intelligencer 

NEH Awards Humanities Access Grant to SIUE, Will Support Programming in Partnership with the MJCHF and the Regional Office of Education

The Conversation Toward a Brighter Future program has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville a two-year $100,000 Humanities Access Grant for the creation of an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on digital storytelling. By building digital narratives about what it means to be a child, a teenager, and an adult,the project will create a conversation about how we can value difference and speak across generational divides…read more.

Middle School Students Explore Local History and Culture through Digital Humanities Club

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Dr. Jessica DeSpain and IRIS scholars lead digital humanities clubs for students from Madison and Venice as part of the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation’s STEM meets Humanities initiative. To read more, visit SIUE’s News page

Digital East St. Louis in the News

This summer, local students have been exploring East St. Louis’s history and culture in a program run by the IRIS Center and STEM Center at SIUE.  Check out this article from Ed Glen Today to find out what they’ve been up to this summer: