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Oct 25 2022

Signifying and Sampling: Black Studies & Data Storytelling

October 25, 2022

1:00 PM - 4:30 PM


IDEA Commons, UIC Daley Library


801 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Signifying and Sampling: Black Studies & Data Storytelling Flyer

Registration is below.


We at the DHI, along with the Institute for the Humanities and the UIC University Library, are excited to invite you to our two-part fall workshop!

Part 1: 1:00PM - 2:30PM

In Part 1, "Signifying & Sampling: Black Studies & Data Storytelling,” Dr. Kenton Rambsy, will introduce participants to the concept of data storytelling and facilitate their interactions using Tableau Public to create interactive visualizations. Relying on The Data Notebook, a free, online introductory resource, he will explain how Jay-Z, the Brooklyn-born rapper, is a gateway to the world of data storytelling. Dr. Rambsy is an Assistant Professor of African American literature and digital humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Part 2: 3:00PM - 4:30PM

Part 2 will feature an array of educators who teach with the digital humanities at UIC: Dr. Karen Leick, senior lecturer in English, Teresa Helena Moreno, Assistant Professor and Librarian, and Mary Kate Coleman, PhD Student in Creative Writing. We will have a short discussion of teaching in DH and then take questions about how these experts use dh in the classroom.

We expect all participants and audience members to be vaccinated and to wear masks.


Alexis Guilbault

Date posted

Oct 3, 2022

Date updated

Oct 7, 2022


Kenton Ramsby | University of Texas at Arlington

Kenton Rambsy (University of Kansas 15) is an Assistant Professor of African American literature and digital humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received his PhD in English from the University of Kansas in May 2015. He is a 2010 Magna Cum-Laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College. At the University of Texas Arlington, Kenton teaches “The Jay Z Class.” This digital humanities course places the rapper in a broad African American literary continuum of autobiographical and semi-autobiographical works. In the class, students create datasets on Jay Z in order to produce thematic data visualizations, literary timelines, and a list of key terms that demonstrated the literary merit of rap music and its close ties to the larger field of African American literature.

Karen Leick

Karen Leick is on the faculty at UIC in the English Department. Her primary research interests are literary modernism, media studies, and Digital Humanities. She has published a book about Gertrude Stein's popular reception, an essay collection about the FBI files of modernist writers and artists, and a book about moral panics related to new media and technology. She recently completed a Digital Humanities project about American Poetry Anthologies from 1910-1950 which led to her current book project, a biography titled Mary Carolyn Davies: The Cowgirl Poet of Greenwich Village.

Teresa Helena Moreno

Teresa Helena Moreno is an Assistant Professor and Librarian for the Department of Black Studies and the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. Her approaches to information science are deeply rooted in feminist theory and centering and reframing the voices of those not reflected in dominant culture. She teaches on the intersections of social justice and the politics of information, in which her students create digital stories that reflect their research. Teresa is currently researching the ways the information sciences misunderstand the diaspora and how it works with diasporic content.

Mary Kate Coleman

Mary Kate Coleman, a PhD candidate in creative writing at UIC, is a recent Fulbright scholar and an investigator on the digital storytelling project Humanizing Deportation. Her stories have appeared in Glimmer Train, Redivider, Carve Magazine, and Midwestern Gothic. Her research interests include American speculative fiction, engaged creative pedagogy, and narratives of social and environmental collapse.

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