This year, we are offering a number of special events for attendees at HILT 2014. We are delighted to announce the following:

Graduate Student Networking Event

Monday Evening

The Graduate Student Networking event is open to all current graduate students who are attending HILT. We’ll meet at 530 pm on Monday, August 4th in MITH (0301 Hornbake Library: inside Library Media Services). There will be food and drinks and opportunity to tour MITH. No registration is required.


Tuesday Evening

We like to give HILT attendees an opportunity to share what they’re are working on or thinking about so we’ll be holding an Ignite-style evening of short presentations on Tuesday, August 5. Five minutes, 20 slides maximum, all designed to get others excited about an idea, a project, a theory, an experience, or just you.

In keeping with the spirit of Ignite events, we ask that presenters keep these talks short and engaging. Each presenter will have 5 minutes on stage. Each presentation will consist of 20 slides, with each slide advancing automatically every 15 seconds. For more information on the Ignite format, see: will provide laptop, digital projector, and microphone. If you’d like to participate, please email your slides your slides to, with the subject line “[HILT IGNITE]” no later than 9 AM on August 5.

Pop-Up Makerspace with the Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio

Wednesday  |  3:30 – 5:00 pm

The Women’s Studies Multimedia Studio will host a makerspace pop-up especially for HILT attendees. A Makerspace is a community gather space that includes access to tools and kits. For HILT, we’ll have access to all kinds of interesting tools that participants will be able to play with. Snacks will be provided. This event is located in room 0135 Taliaferro Hall. There is no pre-registration required. The event is hosted by Melissa Rogers, Department of Women’s Studies and Multimedia Studio organizer.

Behind the Scenes

Wednesday Afternoon

Registration for these behind the scenes are first-come, first-served via the online registration system. All tours are capped at 20 visitors maximum. Transportation to the tours (with the exception of the National Library of Medicine) will be done by public transit. You should plan to purchase a metro card and navigate metro using the directions provided.

All behind the scenes attendees (with the exception of the National Library of Medicine) will meet outside in front of McKeldin Hall at the Turtle statue at 2:20 pm. Trevor will walk with you to the 104 campus shuttle and ride with you to the metro stop so that you can board the green line.

National Library of Medicine attendees should meet outside Benjamin Hall at the front of the building at 2:20 pm. Jen will be there to check you in on the bus and Karl Nilsen, a UMD librarian, will ride with you to NLM and back.

Confirmation of all tours was emailed Tuesday night to the email address you used when you registered (check your spam folder). If you did not receive one, please confirm that you registered for a behind the scenes through If you did register, email with the name of the trip you registered for so that you can be re-sent a confirmation email.

American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress

The 20th century has been called the age of documentation, and folklorists and other ethnographers then and now have taken advantage of each succeeding technology, from Thomas Edison’s wax-cylinder recording machine, invented in 1877, to the latest digital audio equipment to record the voices and music of many regional, ethnic, and cultural groups worldwide. Much of this documentation has been assembled and preserved in the American Folklife Center Archive. Today, the Archive is one of the largest archives of ethnographic materials from the United States and around the world, encompassing millions of items of ethnographic and historical documentation recorded from the nineteenth century to the present. Included are nearly 400,000 hours of recordings, more than a half-million photographs, several million pages of manuscript materials and artifacts ranging from one of Burl Ives’ guitars to the original Yellow Ribbon. These collections, actively growing to reflect traditional culture of the new millennium, provide a record of the folklife, cultural expressions, traditional arts, and oral histories of Americans and of people throughout the world. This special behind-the-scenes tour with Folklife staff will introduce visitors to the Archive’s collections and discuss some of the particular challenges and opportunities inherent in curating multi-format collections.

Location: Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, ground floor. Please enter through the Jefferson Building’s Carriage Entrance (Ground Level), 10 First Street, SE, between Independence Avenue and East Capitol Street. Once through security, please proceed directly to the American Folklife Center Reading Room LJ-G53. Judith Gray and Ann Hoog will host.

Metro Directions

Nearest Metro Station: Capitol South (Orange/Blue Lines)—Exit station using main exit, walk approximately two blocks north on First Street SE. You will take the Green line heading towards Branch Avenue. At L’Enfant Plaza, transfer to the Blue Line heading towards Largo Town Center or the Orange Line heading towards New Carrollton.

Alternate Station: Union Station (Red Line)

To get to the Metro from the UMD campus, please take the 104 campus shuttle to the College Park Metro Station. The 104 picks up across from the Student Union Center on Campus Drive.

The Folger Shakespeare Library

Home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art, the Folger serves a wide audience of researchers, visitors, teachers, students, families, and theater- and concert-goers. The Folger is a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare and on the early modern age in the West. Its conservation lab is a leading innovator in the preservation of rare materials. Its well-known public programs include plays, concerts, literary readings, family activities, and exhibitions, as well as numerous K–12 and college programs for students and teachers. Participants in the Folger tour will receive a special tour of the Founders Room and Reading Rooms as well as an exhibit early heraldry which will be up in the Great Hall.

Location: Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE. Please meet outside of the Great Hall Exhibition Space. Georgianna Ziegler, Associate Librarian and Head of Reference, will host.

Metro Directions

Nearest Metro Station: Capitol South (Orange/Blue Lines)—exit station using main exit, walk approximately two blocks north on First Street SE.

Alternate Station: Union Station (Red Line)

National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health

The NLM’s History of Medicine Division collects, preserves, makes available, and interprets for diverse audiences one of the world’s richest collections of historical material related to human health and disease. The NLM’s collections as a whole include millions of items that span the centuries and exist in a wide variety of formats: books, journals, photographs, motion picture films, film strips, video tapes, audio recordings, pamphlets, ephemera, and portraits. These materials stand among others that consist of more modern formats, such as born digital materials and rich databases. The Library celebrates its historical collections through its award-winning Exhibition Program, through its freely-available, 240-page, full-color book Hidden Treasure—with over 80 essays by distinguished scholars, artists, collectors, journalists, and physicians—and through its new blog, Circulating Now. In this behind-the-scenes tour, NLM will reveal its unique holdings and present forthcoming initiatives that might be of interest to digital humanists.

Location: National Institutes of Health, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. Steve Greenberg will host.

Special Information: Transportation to this event will be provided by HILT. We will depart from in front of Benjamin Hall and travel together on UMD transportation to NIH. The bus will leave at 2:20 pm. As NIH is a closed federal facility, you will need to bring with you an official federal ID (driver’s license or passport). All visitor’s to NIH must have identification and are subject to security screening.

National Air and Space Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum maintains the world’s largest and most significant collection of aviation and space artifacts, encompassing all aspects of human flight, as well as related works of art and archival materials. Its mission is to commemorate the national development of aviation and spaceflight, and educate and inspire by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight equipment and data of historical interest and significance to the progress of aviation and spaceflight; developing educational materials and conducting programs to increase the public’s understanding of, and involvement in, the development of aviation and spaceflight; and conducting and disseminating new research in the study of aviation and spaceflight and their related technologies. In this visit to the Museum in Washington, DC, staff will share a crowdsourcing project designed to educate about and inspire reflection on how launches and landings for the space shuttle program became cultural events experienced by people around the world.

Location: Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St, SW, Washington, DC 20560, ground floor. Please meet outside the Welcome Center in the South Lobby. Sarah Banks, Manager of Online Engagement, will host.

Metro Directions

Nearest Metro Station: L’Enfant Plaza—exit station heading north on 6th Street

Alternate Station: Smithsonian Metro

To get to the Metro from the UMD campus, please take the 104 campus shuttle to the College Park Metro Station. The 104 picks up at Regent’s Drive Parking Garage.

National Museum of American History

The National Museum of American History collects and preserves more than 3 million artifacts—all true national treasures. NMAH takes care of everything from the original Star-Spangled Banner and Abraham Lincoln’s top hat to Dizzy Gillespie’s angled trumpet and Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz. Their collections form a fascinating mosaic of American life and comprise the greatest single collection of American history. In this behind-the-scenes, participants will meet with the migration and immigration curators in our Home and Community Life division as well as the head of the Social Media effort at the museum. You’ll learn how to conduct a tweet-up during your visit. This behind-the-scenes will be held tweet-up style, so get your twitter handles ready.

Location: National Museum of American History, 14th St and Constitution Ave, NW. Please meet in the Flag Hall Lobby (in front of the Star Spangled Banner exhibit). Erin Blasco, Social Media manager, will host.

Metro Directions

Nearest Metro Station: Federal Triangle (Orange/Blue Lines).

Alternate station: Smithsonian (Orange/Blue Lines).

To get to the Metro from the UMD campus, please take the 104 campus shuttle to the College Park Metro Station. The 104 picks up at Regent’s Drive Parking Garage.

Read ME information from the Museum on the Behind the Scene event.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

A living memorial to the Holocaust, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum inspires citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity. Located among our national monuments to freedom on the National Mall, the Museum provides a powerful lesson in the fragility of freedom, the myth of progress, and the need for vigilance in preserving democratic values. With unique power and authenticity, the Museum teaches millions of people each year about the dangers of unchecked hatred and the need to prevent genocide. And we encourage them to act, cultivating a sense of moral responsibility among our citizens so that they will respond to the monumental challenges that confront our world. In this behind the scenes tour, participants will be led on a special tour of the museum by its curatorial staff revealing insights behind the selection and exhibition of its collection.

Location: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW. Exit the station at 12th Street and Independence Avenue and walk one block west on Independence to 14th Street. Cross 14th Street and turn left; the Museum is the second building on your right. Please meet at the information desk in the museum’s main hall after you pass through the Security screening. Michael Haley-Goldman, Director of Global Classroom, and Michael Levy, Director of Digital Collections, will host. You will be joined by: Bruce Bauer, Chief Archivist, Judy Cohen, Director, Photographic Reference Collection, and Lindsay Zarwell, Archivist, Film and Video.

Metro Directions

Nearest Metro Station: Smithsonian Institution (Orange/Blue/Silver Lines).

To get to the Metro from the UMD campus, please take the 104 campus shuttle to the College Park Metro Station. The 104 picks up at Regent’s Drive Parking Garage. You will take the Green line heading towards Branch Avenue. At L’Enfant Plaza, transfer to the Blue Line heading towards Franconia-Springfield, the Orange Line heading towards Vienna, or the Silver Line heading towards Wiehle-Reston East (all arrive on the same platform).  On any train, Smithsonian will be the next station.  Exit 12th St. & Independence Ave., SW, walk west to 14th Street intersection.  USHMM will be across the street, on the left.

Dine Arounds

Wednesday or Thursday evening

Is this your first  time at Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching? Are you new to Digital Humanities community? Do you just want to see more of Washington DC? Join a small group of HILT participants at a local DC restaurant, to make scholarly connections and begin new friendships.

Dinners will happen either the evening of Wednesday August 6 or Thursday August, with parties meeting at the selected restaurant. We’ve asked some local Digital Humanists to serve as hosts for a couple of pre-set locations. You can sign up on the Dine Arounds page.

Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Maryland Libraries