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She made costume design really fascinating!

My colleague Kiki Smith is a wonder woman and it’s great to see her recognized. Check out this month’s Smith Alumnae Quarterly to see why. First, Kiki has put together an impressive symposium on Narratives of Women’s Dress Symposium, taking … Continue reading

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Technology won’t replace scholars, but how far can the technology get us?

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Today the Working Group was bursting with ideas … everything from applying Mechanical Turk workers to creating a virtual Nancy Rexford!  Can Nancy’s “Like-with-Like” methodology be simulated with computer aided recognition? How do we teach students how to see?  Technology … Continue reading

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I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat

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Lydia Wilson, student participant, Smith College, says: The first day of the project was absolutely the most intimidating day. I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat. When I saw the … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a swag and a meander?

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Kitty Cassetti, student participant, Hampshire College, says: I came into this project expecting it to be much bigger than it actually was. I was expecting to be neck deep in historical garments and be able to be up close and … Continue reading

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Cataloging became a game: hunting down all the information scribbled on cards and making it into a logical, orderly, beautiful compilation

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Megan Yeo, student participant, Smith College, says: The fascinating part about this project actually came as a surprise for me, in my enjoyment of the work processes. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting into before … Continue reading

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