Won grant to attend Digital Humanities Summer Institute

A map—generated using the R programming language and various libraries—of fatal encounters with police with roadmap directions.

The University of Victoria hosts the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) to teach humanists to use technologies for research and pedagogy. Every year, University of Washington’s Simpson Center for the Humanities funds a group of students to attend. This year, they selected a group of philosophy graduate students to attend—me, Anna Bates, and Erika Versalovic—after reading our proposal, “Bringing Computers to Plato’s Cave: Using Digital Tools to Map Philosophical Discourse.” DHSI was an amazing experience: I made friends, learned to program in R, and took part in serious discussions about the role of technology in the humanities. As part of the course I completed at DHSI—Ethical Data Visualization: Taming Treacherous Data—I wrote software that maps the location of fatal encounters with police officers on top of directions for a trans-American roadtrip. For more of my thoughts about this project, take a look at this Twitter thread.