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Digital Humanities Speaker Series

In 2021-2022, the Kaplan Digital Humanities Speaker Series hosted talks by scholars, artists, and community members working on a wide array of digital humanities projects. The series is designed to show the breadth of the field with a special focus on how DH theory can be used to engage community needs. The speaker series was convened by Joseph Whitson, Kaplan's 2020-2022 Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities.


Winter 2022
Dr. Sarah Wald, University of OregonDr. Sarah Wald – Telling Stories Using Digital Formats - Carceral Geographies of Mt. Hood National Forest

January 19, 2022 (Wed.)
6:00 pm CST via Zoom

Dr. Sarah Wald discussed her collaborative, publicly engaged work—with Bark (@BarkforMtHood), University of Oregon librarians Kate Thornhill and Gabriele Hayden, and many University of Oregon grad students—to tell the complicated stories around Mt. Hood National Forest using digital formats. 

Wald was joined by two of these grad students—Ashia Ajani and Hannah Gershone—to share their research on Mt. Hood's carceral geographies.

Sarah Wald is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and English at University of Oregon, the homeland of the Kalapuya people. Her research and teaching focus on the relationship between race and the environment, immigration and citizenship, and environmental justice. Dr. Wald is the author of The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl, the co-editor for Latinx Environmentalism: Place, Justice, and the Decolonial, and is currently working on a book related to the Outdoor Equity Movement.


Fall 2021
Jolie Varela.jpgJolie Varela - Indigenous Women Hike 

November 18, 2021

5:00 pm via Zoom

Jolie Varela is a member of the Tule River Yokut and Paiute Nations. She is an activist for Indigenous representation and land sovereignty in the outdoor recreation community and is the founder of Indigenous Women Hike, a group that combines digital advocacy and on-the-ground organizing to help Indigenous women connect to their homelands through recreation. Varela’s community work includes the creation of a gear library, initiatives to restore indigenous names, and being an advocate and organizer for direct community aid.  
Christine McRae Luckasavitch - Native Land Digital 

October 21, 2021

5:00 pm via Zoom 


Christine McRae Luckasavitch is an Omàmìwininì Madaoueskarini Anishinaabekwe (a woman of the Madawaska River Algonquin people) and belongs to the Crane Clan.


Christine serves as Executive Director of Native Land Digital (, an Indigenous-led not-for-profit dedicated to providing education about Indigenous peoples, territories, and knowledge systems across the world.


She is also the Owner/Executive Consultant of Waaseyaa Consulting and Waaseyaa Cultural Tours (@waaseyaaconsulting or, two small businesses dedicated to reviving and celebrating Indigenous traditional knowledge and culture-based practices through educational opportunities. Christine is currently studying for her Master of Arts in Indigenous Studies at Trent University.