Auschwitz I and II (Birkenau): Some thoughts on a tour

Last week, I was in Krakow for DH 2016. Because it is so close to Auschwitz, I took a day trip to visit the camp.

Mixed feelings about “touring” a concentration camp

I had very mixed feelings about the whole idea. On the one hand, it seems almost an obligation. As I’ve written of the Diary of Anne Frank: “the enormity of Nazi crimes requires documentation. We want and need first-person accounts of what happened to keep reminding us that it in fact did happen” (54). Read the rest of this entry »

Uleth identity/branding information and locations

This is just a quick note to myself so I can find these &*^&%$#!!@ things.

The official colours

Advanced search functions for Google Inbox

Here’s a link to some advanced search functions for gmail and Google Inbox:

Not mentioned in the page are some useful additions for use with Inbox:

1) You can negate a term by putting a – in front of the flag (e.g. -is:done) means select messages that are not done.
2) You can use terms like “done” which are not listed in the page: after:2016/01/05 is:unread -is:done selects all mail after January 5, 2016 that is unread and not marked as being done.

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Prayer as a management tool

On my way home now from a fascinating and fun two day visit with Kay Walters to Brigham Young University. I’m going to write more in a little about some of the great ideas I saw there having to do with research and the Digital Humanities. But I also want to comment on something more systemic that I saw there.

BYU, for those who don’t know, is a Mormon University (in Southern Alberta, which also has a lot of Mormons, we tend to prefer saying LDS over “Mormon”; in Utah, “Mormon” was by far the preferred term, as far as I could see). It is a church-owned, private university with a religious as well as an academic mission (this is, of course, not unusual: Western Universities largely began in the same way, except as Catholic universities, and there are still many universities around the world that have strong ties to various religions).

The connection to the church is visible every where on campus. There is a strong dress and conduct code and one oc Read the rest of this entry »

Straw bibliography: A common error in student writing

This post describes a particular rhetorical technique that students often use in their essays that professional scholars never do: something I call the “straw bibliography.” If you learn to recognise these in your writing (and more importantly, learn how to handle them more professionally), the quality of your research will improve immensely.

What is a “straw bibliography”

“Straw bibliography” is the term I give to statements like the following, when they are unsupported by citations:

The question of the definition of medieval literature has long been a source of debate

Critics argue constantly about the role of women in literature

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Faculty members’ webpresence at the University of Lethbridge

Here’s a list of all the different web properties that might mention a faculty member along with information on how to edit these spaces (when I know them).


Faculty can have home pages in two different locations on campus: and Read the rest of this entry »

Testing the GRAND-DH Website

GRAND-DH is the Digital Humanities project of the GRAND National Centre of Excellence.

This is a test to see that the blog aggregator is working.


On the Road: Adventures in Public Digital Humanities (Kim Martin on the DH Maker bus at the University of Lethbridge)

In 2013, Kim and two friends, Ryan Hunt and Beth Compton, purchased a 1991 school bus, which they have since converted into Ontario’s first mobile makerspace: the DH MakerBus (

What started as a passion project quickly became an area of academic interest, and Kim now works to showcase the public benefits of humanities education in London and beyond. She is a co-lead on the Humanities Matters Bus Tour and is currently implementing a local chapter of 4Humanities in London, Ontario.

This paper discusses her experiences in establishing this project.

Speaker: Kim Martin, Library and Information Science, Western University
Date: Monday, September 29, 2014
Location: D-631
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Read the rest of this entry »

SGS Examination procedures

Because I always need to look this up in the middle of the graduate studies handbook, the procedures for defence…

The forms

All forms can be emailed to sgs@uleth. Read the rest of this entry »


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