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Examining Land-Grant Universities’ Colonial History

Land Grab CT LogoThe project team of “Land Grab CT,” an interactive website produced by UConn’s Greenhouse Studios in conjunction with the Native American Cultural Programs (NACP) and Native American and Indigenous Students Association (NAISA), will facilitate two engaging events during the second week of October for Indigenous Peoples’ Week:

The NACP and NAISA will host Tristan Ahtone and Bobby Lee, creators of the Land Grab U project,  as keynote speakers, which will be held virtually via Zoom on Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at 4pm.

The Encounters Series will facilitate a dialogue titled Encounters: Land Grab CT: A Dialogue on UConn’s Colonial History, which will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, October 15th, 2021 at 12-2pm. Registration will be capped at 40 participants.

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Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections

Organized by members of Greenhouse Studios at the University of Connecticut and Northeastern University Library, the conference series “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections” took place over five Fridays from October 16th to November 20th, 2020. Each session included an organizer and was headlined by a speaker or group of panelists. The organizer of each session created the format for the session, set the agenda, gave an overview of the session at the beginning, and coordinated with the speaker. The speaker of each session gave opening remarks to frame the conversation and highlight themes for that particular session. Each session was attended by at least 40 participants from a wide range of collecting institutions.

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As a part of the Sourcery project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this conference series often touched on the potential use of Sourcery as a way to fulfill remote requests for archives and special collections. In this way, the series partly acted as community outreach for the Sourcery project. In addition, the events were envisioned as a series of workshops where members of the archives and special collections communities could communicate about current and future practices in regards to remote access. As with everything during this time period, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis was a substantial part of the discussions, as it affects and will continue to affect institutions in myriad ways. The Sourcery team has used these conversations to inform the next phase of the Sourcery project. The questions and concerns raised during the sessions have been integral in the way that we are currently constructing an Institutional version of the Sourcery app.

One result of this conference is a white paper titled “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections”, by Wes Hamrick, Kimberly Kennedy, and Garrett McComas. The paper includes summaries of the conference sessions, keynote speeches, as well as discussions of broader issues on the subject of remote access. The Sourcery team looks forward to continuing conversations with archivists and other information professionals as we navigate the development of the project.

View and download “Remote Access to Archives and Special Collections” here.

By Our Love: Exposing Paradox in Political Tribalism

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The creators of “By Our Love,” an animated short video produced by Greenhouse Studios, will facilitate a dialogue in partnership with the Encounters Series, titled “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” which will be held virtually via Zoom on February 4, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Released on January 22nd, “By Our Love” is a thought-provoking animated short set to professor of music Earl MacDonald’s jazz ensemble arrangement of the hymn, “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love.” MacDonald’s single, also titled “By Our Love,” is now available on all major music streaming platforms through the label Outside in Music. 

The nine-minute-long animation features several biblical quotations representing commonly accepted Judeo-Christian virtues, alongside imagery conceptualized by Cora Lynn Deibler, professor of illustration, to raise questions about the state of contemporary Christianity and its relationship to the polarized political climate currently dividing the United States. Production team members included illustrator Hal Tedeschi and animators Carly Wanner-Hyde & Miles Waterbury. The animation was produced by Greenhouse Studios Design Technologists Tom Lee and Brooke Foti Gemmell

The team’s goal of aligning emotionally powerful, musical moments with equally potent imagery led to the creation of images and text prompts which interact with the music, to enhance, reinforce, and expand the ideas set forth in the music. Produced over the last ten months as a completely virtual collaboration, the animation features work by student artists and serves as a springboard for thoughtful contemplation, discussion, dialogue, and commentary.

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Rather than the common panel discussion with the standard audience question and answer period, “Paradox in Political Tribalism,” will foster a more audience-inclusive dialogue using individual breakout rooms to encourage and reflect upon group discussions about the ideas which arise from the music and their relationship to contemporary Christianity. This dialogue will be open to all members of the UConn community and is capped at 50 participants. Participants can register here.

Courtroom 600 Team Immerses Users in Nuremberg Trials at the 2020 ED Games Expo

Members of the Courtroom 600 project team recently participated in the 2020 ED Games Expo in Washington, D.C., allowing students, educators, and others to dive into an immersive encounter with the Major War Criminals Trial (1945-46) at Nuremberg, Germany. The annual expo, hosted by the Department of Education, is described by the ED as a “public showcase and celebration of educational learning games as well as innovative forms of learning technologies for children and students in education and special education.”

Collaborators Clarissa Ceglio, Stephen Slota, and Ken Thompson presented an early-stage prototype of the virtual reality experience to crowds of all ages; attendees were able to wear the headset and engage with the project first-hand, while also discussing both the research and the process of creating the experience. Courtroom 600, which integrates collections materials from UConn Library’s Archives & Special Collections (ASC) into the learning quest, is supported by a National Endowment for the Humanities‘ Digital Projects for the Public grant. You can read more about the Courtroom 600 project and its other team members, here, and explore the ASC’s fully-digitized collection of materials from the U.S. Prosecution’s Executive Trial Counsel Thomas J. Dodd, here.

 

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Congratulations, Newest Alumni!

Congratulations and thank you to the Class of 2019!

The Greenhouse Studios Team would like to congratulate and extend a sincere thank-you to this year’s group of graduates for all of their efforts and accomplishments during their time as Greenhouse Studios collaborators!

 

Sylvia Mosiany has been working with us for the last two years while pursuing an MFA in Digital Media & Design, studying digital humanities. In that time, she has contributed to the Greenhouse Studios team in many valuable ways! In addition to her presence on a few of our project teams, Sylvia has also undertaken responsibilities in research on digital publishing as well as helping us to organize many important documents and events.

 

River Soma, who has also been with us for the past two years, earned an MFA in Studio Art with a concentration in sculpture. Among River’s valuable contributions to our team is the wonderful design process model mural she painted on one of our walls in 2018. She also lent her talents in ceramics to creating several custom vessels for the plants which inhabit our studio space, most of which she also thoughtfully curated (read all about it here)! River was also a member of several project teams, including Convivio, Husky ReView, Léamh, and Tube. Additionally, River managed the curation of our gallery wall, having programmed a number of interesting and fun exhibitions of student & staff artwork, including our most recent show featuring the children of Greenhouse Studios collaborators!

Both Sylvia and River exhibited their thesis work in a very successful and exciting exhibition at the William Benton Museum of Art this Spring, and gave thought-provoking public artist talks as well!

 

Undergraduate Research Assistant Sophia Valentin joined us in Fall 2018, and has been managing the social media accounts of both Greenhouse Studios and Tube. She has dreamed up so many awesome social media posts and campaigns, and has greatly improved our online engagement! She has applied her many talents into the creation of custom, engaging visual content for all of our channels, and has helped to shape the voice and brand of Greenhouse Studios. Sophia graduates with a BA in Digital Media & Design with a concentration in motion design and animation.

 

Finally, Ting Zhou will also be moving on after two years at Greenhouse Studios to pursue teaching undergraduate design courses for both UConn’s Digital Media & Design department, and the department of Art & Art History at Eastern Connecticut State University! Ting has made very meaningful contributions to the branding of Greenhouse Studios and its projects, and also has a track record of bringing in delicious homemade snacks!! We have also very much enjoyed visits from Ting’s two young children, one of which even exhibited artwork in our first ever Children of Greenhouse Studios art show this Spring!

 

We will sorely miss all of our new Greenhouse Studios alumni, but we are very much looking forward to seeing all that you accomplish! Congratulations, and thank you all so much for being a part of our team!

Redesigning Scholarly Communications Workflows and Work Habits for the Digital Age: The Greenhouse Studios Proposal

We are pleased to present this recent scholarship, published by Greenhouse Studios team members Clarissa J. Ceglio, Tom Scheinfeldt, and Sara Sikes, from the January 2019 issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing (University of Toronto Press).

 

Abstract

Greenhouse Studios | Scholarly Communications Design at UConn is a shared venture of the School of Fine Arts, UConn Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Connecticut. Backed by long-term university investments of staff and space, Greenhouse Studios aims to institute on its university’s campus, and share with others involved in academic publishing, a workflow and work culture suited to the creation of multimodal scholarly communications. This paper summarizes the research, undertaken with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, that informed the development of a design-based, inquiry-driven, collaboration-first model of scholarly production that places continuous, close, equitable scholarly communications labour at the heart of its mission. The model draws together divided workflows and flattens counterproductive hierarchies that, as vestiges of print-only traditions, impede fuller realization of the possibilities offered by the diverse range of digital and hybrid forms that increasingly define the publishing landscape.

 

Access the full article preprint here.

Citation for the published article:

Ceglio, Clarissa J., Tom Scheinfeldt, and Sara Sikes. “Redesigning Scholarly Communications Workflows and Work Habits for the Digital Age: The Greenhouse Studios Proposal.” Journal of Scholarly Publishing 50, no. 2 (January 2019): 96–114. https://doi.org/10.3138/jsp.50.2.02.

 

Charles V|R Selected as Charleston Library Conference Fast Pitch Finalist

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We are pleased to announce that Charles V|R, represented by project team collaborator Michael Young, has been selected as one of four finalists in this year’s Fast Pitch Competition at the Charleston Library Conference!

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d’Archive: Weekly Podcast Produced by Graham Stinnett

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Graham Stinnett, Archivist at the UConn Archives & Special Collections and a Content Specialist on our HCPL3 project team, has recently completed Season 1 of his new podcast, d’Archive. Stinnett has produced 15 episodes over the course of this past academic year, each of which provides a window into the fascinating world of the UConn Archives & Special Collections. The entire first season is now available for streaming on iTunes, WHUS.org, and the UConn Archives website.

d’Archive is a weekly show curated by the Archives & Special Collections at the UConn Library to broadcast sound recordings from within collections around themes and interviews conducted amongst archivists, researchers, librarians and music aficionados. This project was established to promote unexpected collections in everyday spaces throughout the campus and surrounding community.
– Graham Stinnett via iTunes

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Greenhouse Studios Named UConn Spirit Awards Finalist

Sara Sikes, Tom Scheinfeldt, Jonathan the Husky, and Clarissa Ceglio at the 2018 UConn Spirit Awards

Congratulations to the Greenhouse Studios Working Group, which was recognized today as a finalist for the 2018 Team Award at a ceremony for the UConn Spirit Awards! The team was one of three finalists, along with the University Events and Conference Services Department and the Team Award recipient, the UConn Hartford Campus staff & administration.

The ceremony was a wonderfully-organized event which acknowledged several inspiring individuals and groups, and even featured Jonathan the Husky as a guest! It was an honor for the Working Group to be recognized as a Team Award finalist, and congratulations to all of the award finalists and winners!

Here is a quick description of the UConn Spirit Awards, from the program's website: “The University of Connecticut established the UConn Spirit Awards to honor staff and faculty at our Storrs and regional campuses for stellar contributions and dedication to civility in the workplace. The goals of the UConn Spirit Awards are to:

  • Build community within the University and University departments;
  • Provide an opportunity for employees to be recognized for their contributions to the University, which are not specifically academic but related to teamwork and civility; and
  • Create an event that acknowledges the efforts of all employees, especially staff members.”

 

Brooke Foti Gemmell, Design Technologist

Greenhouse Studios Staff