What do you value about studying the humanities?

Our colleagues over at have brought our attention to an "idea comparison" engine that they have set up to talk about what the value of studying the humanities might be. It presents you with a series of dyads, allowing you to pick between different options...including "I can't decide." You may also add your own thoughts. A peek at the results is also revealing...

The Beginning of the End

This is my last time in lab before our presentations next Thursday.  (Everyone should totally come to the WPU Assembly Room to see all of the FER presentations on 4/17 from 4:30-6!)  It's really weird to think that today might have been my last time logging into Itinera.  My freshman year is ending, and it's overall just a really weird feeling.  It's even worse when I think about how I will be in Tanzania in a month and France in a year.  Everyone says college moves so fast and its so true.

So Long, Farewell, auf wiedersehen, good bye.... :(

     Humanities, usually has the the bad rep of being easy and lacking in innovation and necessary mental capabilities. Society contrasts humanities with both math and science. They say that unlike, math and science, humanities does not take much effort anad doed not necessarily build on prior knowledge. Well, for everything we've learned in the digital humanities this semester, I can honestly say, society has it all wrong.

pass 1 and pass 2 of work flow timed test

 Last week we discussed work flow and the most efficient way to get the most done possible. So we tested ourselves to find out how much work we could do in a specific amount of time, and if we encountered any problems while doing our timed test. Some of the problems we encountered were the inability to track pieces of artwork, not understanding abbreviations that are no longer used, and how to identify a relationship between two people.

Enchanted Latte

This enchanting cup was presented to me as I waited wearily at the counter of a coffee shop.  I normally drink tea so I don’t have a lot of lattes in my life experience.  But this cup was beyond exceptional, and certainly the turning point of my day.

I asked the barista, how did you do that?  She said, “a flick of the wrist.” 

A Working Title

In lab last Friday, we had a tour stop meeting.  At the meeting, we discussed the issues we were having when making tour stops, and how best to fix those issues.  After mulling over the conversation for a few days, I am still left with the impression that we could not figure out the answers to the majority of our issues. For awhile, I was pretty confused as to why all of these questions were left unanswered.

Rachel Kauffman

Rachel Kauffman is a senior in the Architectural Studies Program, minoring in Studio Arts. Her passion for architecture cultivated from a love of residential architecture, which she plans to pursue post graduation. Though she has focused on architectural design, her studies at Pitt led her to find an interest in historic preservation. Currently, Rachel works for a small contracting company and is an intern at Weisshouse.

Cyrille Froncek

Cyrille Froncek is a sophomore History of Art and Architecture major at the University of Pittsburgh. She hails from Squirrel Hill and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 2012. As a recipient of the Pittsburgh Promise, Cyrille is excited to return to Pittsburgh Public Schools and work with the future scholar recipients of tomorrow. She looks forward to meeting all of the SciTech students and learning about art around the Oakland community. 


In today's meeting we discussed what work flow would be the most productive and efficient. For next week we will be attmpting to impliment the work flow that we discussed:taking the first pass at the french correspondences and entering them straight into itinera. We will see how much we get done and create a possible amount of work we could possibly finish by the end of the semester. The second thing we discussed were the details of the input methods and what is inputted into itinera.