Grad School Summer Institute

The Graduate School Summer Institute ended last week. It was an amazing month-long gathering of graduate students, administrators, and faculty from across the university led by the Dean of the Graduate School, Michelle Massé. Leonard Cassuto, author of The Graduate School Mess:  What Caused It and How We Can Fix, joined us for discussions the first week. It led to several initiatives to address the challenges faced by graduate education at LSU. It also led to this wonderful group photo of one of the most creative, intelligent, and convivial groups I’ve ever been involved with at LSU.

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The Heart of the Matter

George Lucas, John Lithgow, and others appear in this video on the value of the humanities and humanistic social sciences, such as cultural and historical geography. Someone recently shared it with me, and I like it so much that I share it here with y’all.

J. B. Jackson Book Prize

AAG16_Awrds_0469ChaneyJamesJacksonPrizeThe  J. B. Jackson Book Prize certificate has arrived in the mail from the American Association of Geographers, together with a check and a paperweight. Jim Chaney, one of the co-authors of Hispanic and Latino New Orleans was able to stay for the Saturday Awards Luncheon in San Francisco, but the rest of us could not and had to wait for our certificates to arrive by mail. Here is a photo of Jim receiving the award from Sarah Bednarz, current president of the AAG.

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The official announcement in the AAG Newsletter has kind things to say.

The four authors of this book seamlessly combined their expertise and varied perspectives to produce a well-written account of a little-known aspect of New Orleans’ cultural and historical geography. Thanks to their careful study of census records, archival research, interviews, and other sources, we now know that Hispanic and Latino individuals and communities have been part of the city throughout its history. Previous assumptions about the basic similarities of Latino and Hispanic immigrants become much more nuanced in this study, as the authors explain the diversity of Spanish-speaking immigrants from Mexico, Latin America, South America, and the Caribbean – people who made distinct impressions on their respective neighborhoods and contributions to the city’s rich culture. These immigrants’ experiences also varied significantly depending on many factors, not least when they came. The book also contributes to the emerging literature on Hispanics in the South and the cultural diversity of Hispanic and Latino immigration from the period of early European contact up to the present.

Via 2015 AAG Book Awards  – AAG Newsletter.

Digital Humanities GIS Term Projects

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Once again the students in the digital humanities GIS class have produced a suite of amazing projects. You can view some of them at the list of below links:

  1. The Confederate Flag on Social Media.
  2. Residences of Soldiers in the Battle of New Orleans.
  3. Cultural Biogeography of LSU.
  4. The Contributors to Poe’s Broadway Journal.
  5. South African Viticulture.
  6. Changing Landscapes of Coastal Louisiana.
  7. Territorial Expansion of the USA.
  8. Puerto Rican Immigration.
  9. Landscapes of Sickness and Health in Baton Rouge.
  10. New Orleans Relief Organizations.

As a side note, the image is from one of my own digital humanities projects and shows the density of deaths and overboard disposals of enslaved Africans for the Middle Passage. For more information on that project, go here.

End of the Semester

SanFrancisco2016Since returning from the AAG conference in San Francisco in early April, I have been working through a long to-do list, leaving no time for blogging.

Now that the end of the semester has arrived, though, and grading for my two courses is completed here are a few of the things I should have been posting about over April and May.