UCI-Morgan State University (Black) Digital Humanities Pathways Program
Inside the Activist Studio West: Digital Repository of Movement Material

The University of California Irvine (UCI) will host a six (6) week summer research and graduate admissions pathway program on the (Black) Digital Humanities during the summers of 2020; 2021; 2022. The program begins Monday, June 29, 2020 and concludes, Friday August 7, 2020. This program will put students in contact with activists locally and globally, while training students in Digital methods specifically focused on African, African American, and African Diaspora content. Four students from participating HBCU universities will gain valuable training in historical and digital methods.  Students will work on the digital repository titled “The Activist Studio West” (ASW).

Students will gain first hand experience building the digital archive to house materials related to this show as well as other activist movements. Students will also produce their own “archive,” by documenting the life of a living activist of their choosing. Students will use this research to conduct an oral history with the activist.

The interview will be in person or via Skype as the schedule allows.


Learning Objectives:

1. Become familiar with, use, and replicate Inside the Activist Studio for a project based in California.

2. Have culturally enriching experiences living in California; thinking about how research can contribute to California history.

3. Training in multiple historical data-gathering and analysis techniques including: oral history, critical archive studies, and digital humanities.

4. Participate in conducting and completing one interview with an activist from start to finish. Examples include but are not limited to: Bev Ditsie in South Africa; Ramona Africa in Philadelphia; Mumia Abu Jamal or members of Free Mumia campaigns, Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles, etc.

5. Build infrastructure for the Activist’s Studio West—A Digital Repository of Movement Material, a digital repository of activist material at UCI co-edited by Professors Millward and Willoughby-Herard.

6. Work with digital services librarians and data management planning libraries to construct a digital humanities project.

Residency at UCI :

Upon arriving at UCI, each Summer Scholar will be assigned a faculty mentor. The Scholar will work with his or her advisor on a specific research topic throughout the summer program. Research topics will depend on the interests and qualifications of the Summer Scholars and will reflect mentors’ ongoing research programs. Summer Scholars will reside in on-campus housing, which provides space for students to be independent yet closely connected with each other and with their advisors. Students will participate in cultural activities on campus, in the Irvine community, and Southern California to provide depth and enrichment to their studies and to provide positive experience-based cultural anchors in the region. Summer scholars will be provided an airline ticket to and from UC Irvine, housing, as well as a stipend in the amount of $3,500.00.

Summer Scholars will participate in programs provided through the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. In doing so, students will:

1.) Have access to workshops on applying to graduate school

2.) Prep for the GRE

3.) Find and apply for funding opportunities

4.) Prepare academic presentations

Eligibility Requires:

In order to be eligible for the UC-HBCU |Morgan State Digital Humanities Pathways Program: Activist Studio West:

1.) Undergraduate students must be enrolled in a participating Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

2.) Will be enrolled at an HBCU during the 2020-2021 academic years.

3.) Must show academic promise

4.) Minimum GPA of 3.3

Application Check List:

Each completed application should include the following documents emailed to ActivistStudioWest@gmail.com. Please submit your documents in one email to ActivistStudioWest@gmail.com as a .pdf files as follows:last name, first name, and title of the document: AntearterPeterUnofficialTranscript.pdf:

1.) Complete the Online Application.

2.) Unofficial transcript

3.) Resumé or Curriculum Vitae

4.) One (1) Letter of Recommendation

5.) Attend one of the two scheduled ZOOM sessions:

OCTOBER 17 @ 4:00 PM (eastern)
OCTOBER 24th @ 4:00 pm (eastern)



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