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Digital Politics: Transforming Government, Elections, and Advocacy

votingTuesday, November 10th
11:00AM – 2:00PM
Multipurpose Room, Campus Center

The Political Science Department and the Digital Studies Center invite faculty, students and the community to a symposium to launch a new Digital Studies Certificate option in Digital Politics

Join us in exploring the disruptive impact of digital technology and social media on politics at home and abroad.


  • Welcome – Dr. Richard Harris, Chair Political Science and Dr. James Brown, Director Digital Studies Center
  • Announcement of Certificate Focus – Dean Kriste Lindenmeyer
  • Deciphering Digital Politics Panel
  • Doing Digital Politics Panel

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Comic-Making, Map-Making, and Re-Shaping Workshop

Jake with MapComic-Making, Map-Making, and Re-Shaping Workshop
Sept. 30 from noon to 2 p.m. in the ModLab (Fine Arts 215)

What if comics weren’t patterned after books? What if comics had some other shape? In this hands-on workshop, comics artist Rob Berry will challenge us to envision and design a comic story that unfolds like a road map rather than a book. Berry has prepared a template for page design using ComicLife software and will bring examples of work made in this format. Those attending the workshop will use ComicLife to build maps of their own. This is a hands-on, art-making workshop.

Free Lunch will be served.

RSVP recommended but not required.

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The Journal of Biological Sciences Launches Online

JBS ThumbThe Journal of Biological Sciences at Rutgers Camden is a scientific report by undergraduate students in the Department of Biology at Rutgers University – Camden. Most of the work reported in this journal comes from original research projects initiated and performed by students during a single semester. As part of the a Principles and Practices of Biological Research course, students complete a cornerstone project and publish the results of that project in JBS.

The mission of the journal is to provide undergraduate Biology major students the opportunity to learn critical thinking and academic research skills by establishing a hypothesis, testing that hypothesis, and then reporting the results of their original research. All papers published in JBS are evaluated and published after a peer-review process by student and faculty reviewers.

The journal is a joint project between the Rutgers-Camden Department of Biology and the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center.

Read the newest issue of the The Journal of Biological Sciences.


Summer 2015 DH Courses

Special Topics in American Studies: American Histories and Futures of Climate Change
Instructor: Sara Grossman
Summer 2015 Online Course 5/26-7/2

Description: Climate change touches all aspects of human life. It impacts small and large-scale scenarios, from the choices we make about transportation to the ebb and flow of global financial markets. As such, climate change is a global, large-scale phenomenon that manifests in local spaces and in everyday situations. This online course addresses the history American climates and American climate change in American environmental literature, policy, and media. Throughout our time together, we will learn to track the multi-scalar manifestations of “climate” and “climate change” historically and in today’s crisis landscape. Students with backgrounds in the humanities are encouraged to sign up, but a background in the humanities is in no way required. Given the very human and global stakes of the course topic, students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including business, finance, psychology, and/or the quantitative sciences, are encouraged to sign up. We will work through four different units throughout the course. First, a brief history of environmentalism in America between 1890 and 1960; second, the history and aftermath of toxic dumping and industrial pollution from 1960-2010; third, experiments in real-time environmental scenario planning and information tracking from recent weather events; and, finally, future scenario-planning for our ever warming and watery earth.

Instead of writing papers, students will be responsible for two “born-digital” projects that utilize historic and contemporary environmental datasets to illuminate something vital about the history of environmental concerns and climate change in America. Students will also be responsible for marking up weekly readings through Genius, as well as contributing a 250 word reflective statement on the weekly readings and theme. The born digital projects that students create might range from tracking and analyzing the manifestation of climate events through twitter or instagram, working with contemporary world climate data, or tracking and analyzing the rise of the language of climate change through Google Ngrams.

Special Topics in American Studies: Race and the Digital 
Instructor: Asha Best
Summer 2015 Online Course 7/6-8/12

This writing intensive course is about how race is performed, articulated and surveilled through the digital. The readings and online discussions are divided into three broad sections. We start by gaining a more critical understanding of what race is, what race does and how contemporary racial meanings are (re)produced in the U.S. by grappling with some of the questions and concepts central to the field of Critical Race Theory. We then discuss the creation of the internet in the context of U.S. nationalism and alongside the changing discourse of race. Besides the internet we’ll also reconsider digital technology that we’ve come to think of as outdated (like mixtapes and boomboxes). We’ll answer questions like: how do racialized groups use the digital to construct or respond to their social worlds? Towards the end of the semester we close by discussing how race is distributed and produced in the age of “selfies” and social media.


Dead Media Remix 001: Super 8 Star Wars

DMR1Dead Media Remix is a series that gives new life to old media through remixes, mash-ups, and assemblages. DMR001 will be a projected Super8 film excerpt of Star Wars (1977), accompanied by live voiceover acting and sound effects. March 4, 2015, Free Period in the ModLab (FA215). Lunch will be served.

“Star Wars was released theatrically in the United States on May 25, 1977 in fewer than 32 theaters. It earned $461 million in the United States and $314 million overseas, totaling $775 million. It surpassed Jaws (1975) to become the highest-grossing film until E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial in 1983.

Star Wars debuted on Betamax, LaserDisc, Video 2000, and VHS between the 1980s and 1990s by CBS/Fox Video. The final issue of the original theatrical release (pre-Special Edition) to VHS format occurred in 1995, as part of “Last Chance to Own the Original” campaign, available as part of a trilogy set and as a standalone purchase.” — Wikipedia