IDEAL 12/11 Assignment Design Workshop

I had the opportunity to kick off Iowa Digital Engagement and Learning's 2017-2018 assignment design workshop series this week, leading a 90 minute workshop for graduate students on multimodal composition and digital humanities pedagogy. https://twitter.com/idealinitiative/status/938091188741173248 Download the Workshop PPT and handout. https://iowa-my.sharepoint.com/personal/kwalden_uiowa_edu/_layouts/15/WopiFrame.aspx?sourcedoc=695e77f7-c2bd-4383-bebb-c55045495f45&action=embedview&wdAr=1.7777777777777777 The workshop opened with some reflections on the way I had incorporated multimodal … Continue reading IDEAL 12/11 Assignment Design Workshop

Fall 2017 Update

I'm supposed to be cranking out another around of revisions on the dissertation proposal, so this will stay brief. Junior Fellowship at the Library of Congress was AMAZING. I'm one of three scholars in the U.S. who studies baseball/music intersections, and I got to spend 10 weeks on a baseball music scavenger hunt AT THE … Continue reading Fall 2017 Update

NASSH 2017 Slides

After traveling 5,000 miles in 6 days (would not recommend. Especially with a cold/sinus infection), I'm quasi-settled in D.C. for a Library of Congress Junior Fellowship. More on that here. Many thanks to Jennifer Sterling, Jennifer Guiliano, and Murray Philips for being part of a digital sport history panel at this year's NASSH convention. I've … Continue reading NASSH 2017 Slides

A Method to the Method

This post originally appeared on the University of Iowa's NEH-funded Next Generation PhD Project online site. In most humanities PhD programs, at some point in the first year of graduate coursework, students take a theory and methods course. At the University of Iowa, graduate students in English take “Introduction to Graduate Study” in the first … Continue reading A Method to the Method

Using the Archive to Teach Sport History, Digital Humanities, and Rhet-Comp

My first teaching appointment at UIowa has been in the general education Rhetoric program. Rhetoric was a more logical fit than literature gen ed classes, but I got the offer letter at the end of a BM degree program in which I hadn't taken a single English or Communication Studies class. [Three cheers for AP/dual … Continue reading Using the Archive to Teach Sport History, Digital Humanities, and Rhet-Comp

“If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth

[Subtitled: "When your summer baseball road trip turns into the early draft of a dissertation chapter." Go figure.] Last August, I was sitting behind first base at Ashford University Field, watching the Clinton Lumberkings face off against the Lansing Lugnuts. I had started the day in in Dyersville, Iowa, home to the Field of Dreams … Continue reading “If You Build It, They Will Come”: Complicating Baseball’s Midwestern Myth