CSUF Digital

Building Digital Ethnic Futures and Advancing Digital Scholarship at CSUF and Beyond

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What we do


The digital humanities initiative at CSUF officially launched in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015 with the appointment of two new faculty in the Department of History to specifically advance curriculum in digital humanities and new media in history.Since then, the initiative has grown under the leadership of Dr. Jamila Moore Pewu to include:a long running DH Colloquium series and Keynote address; several grant funded digital public humanities projects, multiple cohorts of graduate students pursuing fully digital MA projects; two new courses in digital humanities theory and practice, and successful collaborations with CSUF's digital literacy librarian Colleen Robledo Greene and other faculty and library staff who are invested in establishing communities of practice to support digital scholarship, digital literacy and community engaged digital ethnic studies broadly.

To formalize these collaborations and build campus leadership around supporting and sustaining digital scholarship at CSUF, Dr. Moore Pewu began applying for institutional capacity building grants, and in 2021 these efforts were rewarded with the largest single contribution to CSUF's Digital Humanities initiative, a three-year, 3 Million Dollar capacity building grant from the Andrew A. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Funded Digital Ethnic Futures Grant, supports the establishment of a national consortium of professionals engaged in digital humanities research, teaching, and ethnic studies at regional public colleges and universities. As a Co-Principle Investigator, on this grant and a lead institution in the DEFCon consortium, Dr. Moore Pewu and the CSUF DEFCon team are cultivating and training the next generation of Digital Humanities practitioners from amongst CSUF's faculty and staff, with the expectation that they will craft innovative research and pedagogical experiences that center first-generation and minority students along with the communities they call home into the broad fields of digital humanities and digital studies.

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Our Activities

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  • Support new curriculum development in digital ethnic studies fields
  • Provide mentorship and support for faculty and staff engaging in digital scholarship
  • Cultivate the next generation of DH scholars by providing students with mentoring and practicum experiences
  • Curate community engaged DH projects and conversations
  • Enhance the university's infrastructure and capacity to support digital scholarship

Our Team

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  • Dr. Jamila Moore Pewu,Principle Investigator, Assistant Professor in History
  • Scherly Virgill, MA , Outreach Coordinator, Lecturer in African American Studies,
  • Marbella Valeriano Garcia, Student Assistant

Our Sponsors  

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Since 2016 the digital humanities initiative at California State University has received funding from the departments, colleges and institutions below. Thank you for your support!

What is Digital Humanities?

Digital humanities is collaborative, it's participatory, it's visual, and while it does not have to be "new” or cutting edge, it does have to be innovative. Thus,we promote an engagement withdigital tools and technologies that helps us critically engage historically marginalized communities, rethink historical questions and contemporary problem spaces, and contemplate new digital futures for first-generation students.Watch the video to learn more about why CSUF is uniquely poised to advance a community engaged digital practice.

Grants & Fellowships

With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CSUF DEFCon will disburse over $40,000 in grants and fellowships to support CSUF faculty, staff and students in developing new scholarly research, curriculum, and community engaged projects at the intersection of digital humanities and ethnic studies fields.Grants will be awarded from 2022-2024.

Applications for 2022-2023 Fellowships Coming Soon!


DH Summer Connect

August 1-5

5 Days, 8 Workshops, Endless Possibilities

DH Summer Connect is a hands on workshop series taught by passionate facilitators with backgrounds in the digital humanities, digital literacy and critical digital pedagogy. Each workshop in this introductory series is designed to get participants started with exploring the vast horizon of digital scholarship.This series is designed to appeal to a broad range of disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, education, natural sciences, physical sciences and other STEM fields. And best of all, no experience required.  

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What would you like to learn?

About This Series

  • DH Summer Connect is open to CSUF Students, Faculty, Staff and members of the Andrew A. Mellon Funded Digital Ethnic Futures Consortium (DEFCon).

  • DEFCon membership is FREE, and provides access to a speakers series, fellowships and networking opportunities at CSUF and beyond. Click here to join.

  • All workshops in this series are offered synchronously at the specified dates and times listed below.All instructors will deliver workshop content remotely, with the exception of Thursday 's in-person only session. Thus with this hybrid format, you have the option of attending workshop sessions online via zoom or joining the Digital Ethnic Futures team on campus to learn in person alongside other participants. Please select your preferred participation mode on the registration form.

  • Workshops are offered in both morning and afternoon sessions. Morning sessions run from 10am-12pm.Followed by a 1 hour lunch break from 12pm-1pm.Unless otherwise specified, afternoon sessions will begin at 1:00pm and end around 3pm.

  • We have a limited number of professional development stipends available to CSUF faculty and staff who fully participate in at least two workshops during the DH Summer Connect series. Please indicate your interest in this opportunity when completing your registration and we will follow up with you.


Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS, is the Digital Literacy Librarian for Pollak Library at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Her work focuses on helping faculty and students integrate more digital tools and strategies into their curriculum, research, and scholarship.

Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara (she/her) a digital scholarship librarian at University of Colorado Boulder, in the Center for Research Data & Digital Scholarship (since 2017). Her work centers on historical recovery and archival justice, critical data literacies, and digital humanities infrastructures and project sustainability. She earned her Master’s of Library Science at Indiana University (2014), and a Master’s in History at Cal State Fullerton (2012).

Aditya Ranganath (he/his) is a data librarian at the University of Colorado-Boulder, where he has been working since December 2020. Prior to that, he was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Libraries. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2018.

Nathan Jeffers is a Media Production Specialist with Titan Communications at California State University Fullerton

RJ Ramey is the founder of Auut Studio (findauut.com), which gave birth to the digital project MonroeWorkToday.org. There he broke some of the rules and stale expectations for digital humanities, and learned a lot along the way. Now he teams up with other scholars to do the same. In his own public history work, RJ takes an intersectional approach and centers on stories of people of color.

Dr. Jamila Moore Pewu is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities and New Media in History at California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Moore Pewu's research focuses on sharing, complicating, and preserving African Diasporic spatial practices. Moore Pewu also serves as Co-PI on the Andrew Mellon funded Digital Ethnic Futures Grant.

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Workshop Schedule

Morning Session

Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with Google Earth Web

Afternoon Session

Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with TimelineJS


Digital Storytelling is for Everyone!

Morning Session

"Got Geo Data?" Getting Started with Mapbox Part I

Afternoon Session


Making Maps and Talking About Them

"Got Geo Data?" Getting Started withMapbox Part II


New Modes of Discovery: Textual Analysis & Text Mining with R

Morning Session

Afternoon Session

A Gentle Introduction to Text Analysis with R

Macroscopic Reading through Text Mining

VR Demonstrations, and 360 Video Tools and Tours

Early AfternoonSession

Late Afternoon Session

Capturing and Editing Immersive Content with Insta 360 Pro Camera *session starts at 4pm.

Exploring The Art of Immersive Learning


Critical Digital Pedagogy: Debates, Dialogue and Practice

*Half-day session

Morning Session


Diving Into Critical Digital Pedagogy

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Please note, all workshop registrations will be completed using a zoom registration form.Please complete this registration form even if you are planning to attend in person. Remember you should register for each workshop separately using the unique registration link.

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Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with Google Earth Web

Facilitator: Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

Google Earth Web (https://www.google.com/earth/) is the cloud-based version of the free Google Earth desktop application. The web version has fewer features than the desktop version, however, this often creates a lower technology learning curve for mastering the web version. Yet the web version still has a robust suite of features that makes Google Earth Web the perfect tool for designing and sharing place-based, interactive, multimedia stories. Unlike the desktop version, the web version lends itself well to collaborative projects too, making it ideal for student group projects. This workshop uses the live application interface to design a multimedia story, demonstrates how to share it online, and provides suggestions for recording our digital story as a video. The instructor will provide participants with a story plan and digital content, so that we can jump right in to learning and creating.

Session Date/Time: Monday August 1st | 10:00am

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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Digital Storytelling: Hands-On with TimelineJS

Facilitator: Colleen Robledo Greene, MLIS

TimelineJS (http://timeline.knightlab.com/) is a free cloud-based tool for creating interactive, multimedia, narrative timelines. It is developed by the Knight Lab at Northwestern University. The platform is intuitive to learn, and its integrations with other cloud services make it easy to add different media. Because the timeline data gets pulled from a Google Spreadsheet, TimelineJS works well for both individual and collaborative group projects.

This workshop uses the live TimelineJS and Google Spreadsheets platforms to design a multimedia timeline story, demonstrates how to share it online, and discusses privacy considerations. The instructor will provide participants with as story plan, spreadsheet template, and digital content, so that we can jump right in to learning and creating.

Session Date/Time: Monday August 1st | 1:00pm

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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"Got geo data?" Getting Started with Mapbox Parts I and II

Facilitator: RJ Ramey, Auut Studio

When you want to make a digital map, there seem to be a world of splintered choices, and none of them quite right. In this two part workshop (morning + afternoon sessions), digital humanist and mapmaker RJ Ramey (findauut.com) will demystify the choices and provide a framework for how to make a good decision. We will then gain practical skills for cartography and data visualization on the Mapbox platform, which is more like a 'lego set' than just one single tool. No prior mapping experience is necessary. The only software is your web browser. This is a full day workshop broken into two parts.There will be a 1 hour lunch break between the morning and afternoon sessions.

Session Date/Time: Tuesday August 2nd | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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Macroscopic Reading through Text Mining

Facilitator: Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, MLIS

This workshop offers an introduction to text mining, an interdisciplinary computational method and iterative approach for reading documents. It encompasses several techniques that facilitate exploration and identification of word frequencies and co-occurrences, patterns and relationships between phrases, and themes across multiple texts. In this workshop, we’ll reverse-engineer existing text mining projects to introduce important vocabulary, common analysis techniques, data collection and preparation considerations, and potential software choices. We will conclude with a brief demonstration of Voyant, a free web-based tool that enables text analysis discoveries through multiple data visualizations. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data or have sources in mind as co-learning examples for discussion.

Session Date/Time: Wednesday August 3rd | 10:00am

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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A Gentle Introduction to Text Analysis with R

Facilitators: Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara, andAditya Ranganath MLIS

This workshop introduces participants to basic text analysis techniques with R, an open-source statistical software widely used in digital scholarship research and teaching. We will tour the interface and cover basic setup and installation, demonstrate how to process and prepare your data, and explore commonly used functions for text analysis, such as word clouds and frequency graphs. This workshop is for beginners to programming; working knowledge of text mining methods is helpful but not required. To follow along, please install R and RStudio in advance.

Session Date/Time: Wednesday August 3rd | 1:00pm

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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VR Demonstrations, and 360 Video Tools and Tours

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In this precursor to the Insta 360 Pro Camera workshop, we will spend some time exploring virtual reality (VR) and 360 environments using Oculus Quest 2 headsets.During the session we will ask what makes a good VRor 360 experience and identify specific platforms for sharing, and enhancing 360content.We will specifically explore the use of 360 video for digital preservation and cultural heritage projects, immersive storytelling, and general teaching, learning and research.

Session Date/Time: Thursday August 4th | 2:00pm

Session Modality - In Person (only)

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Capturing and Editing Immersive Content with the Insta 360 Pro Camera

Facilitator: Nathan Jeffers, Media Production Specialist

This workshop on the Insta 360 Pro will cover the basics of properly setting up, filming, and ingesting 360-degree video. Students will learn how to use the Insta 360 Pro camera control app, adjust camera settings based on filming context, and how to record stills and video. The training will also include a brief introduction editing and stitching 360 video.

Session Date/Time: Thursday August 4th | 4:00pm

Session Modality - In Person (only)

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Critical Digital Pedagogy: Debates, Dialogue and Practice

Facilitator: Dr. Jamila Moore Pewu

This culminating workshop session invites DH Summer Connect participants to take what they have learned throughout the week and apply it towards deeper reflexive and conscious explorations of digital tools and technologies to aid in transformative teaching and learning experiences.In the first half of this workshop we will engage in relevant dialogue and debate using secondary literature to center the use of technology in the classroom within a digital ethnic studies framework.Beyond engaging technology for technologies sake, how can digital tools, projects, and experiences be mobilized to better center diverse voices, histories and epistemologies in classrooms, public spaces and online?Also, what conditions have precipitated the need to articulate a future within the digital humanities or digital scholarly practices more broadly that critically centers and disseminates stories by for and about communities of color? To address these and other questions we will explore a range of existing digital projects and gain practical strategies for locating, evaluating and integrating digital scholarship into our teaching.Finally, we will aim to conclude this session with real time, collaborative lesson planning around specific digital tools, projects, or concepts.

Session Date/Time: Friday August 5th | 10:00am-1:00pm

Session Modality - Synchronous In Person and Online

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