My colleague Debbie Rabina and I received funding from the Goethe-Institut—the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institution operated worldwide—to complete research and development on the GeoStoryteller project. GeoStoryteller is a mobile, augmented reality application that brings library and archival collections to the streets to enhance student learning and promote historical understanding. The first application of this platform will be German Traces NYC, a learning experience that focuses on German cultural heritage in New York City, particularly with respect to immigration through the eyes of German immigrants (1840-1945). The application will be used with high school students, particularly German language students, in effort to use the city as classroom and connect everyday places with historical and cultural contexts.
This summer, I will be teaching an accelerated 6-week course, Projects in Digital Archives. We will be continuing to work with the Lesbian Herstory Archives by digitizing a collection of recorded material of the New York State Poet Laureate, Audre Lorde. The syllabus for the course is available here as a PDF.