The Global Pandemic of 2020-22
Historical Contexts and Current Perspectives

March 18, 2022

This panel explores the historical contexts of infectious disease in America, beginning with the Yellow Fever of 1793 and the Spanish Flu of 1918, before examining the current state of the Covid 19 pandemic in Florida and around the world. It also engages various medical and social debates related to public health policy and patient rights.

Presented by the UCF Center for Humanities and Digital Research in collaboration with Rollins College, Seminole State College, Valencia College, Stetson University, Lake-Sumter College, Bethune-Cookman University, Daytona State College, and UCF Libraries.

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UCF Researchers Launch Johnson's Dictionary Online

April 15, 2021

UCF researchers, led by Associate Professor of English Beth Rapp Young, have launched a new digital version of Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language. Made available to the public April 15, which is the 266th anniversary of the first edition’s publication, this digital tool empowers readers to search the dictionary’s more than 43,000 words online for the first time. This project is the result of years of labor and a $350,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The dictionary is accessible now at, with updates to search functionality, user accounts, and further editions coming on a rolling basis.

( UCF News Story ➔)

CHDR Awarded NEH Challenge Grant

July 30, 2020

CHDR was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Challenge Grant in the amount of $193,736 to create a national model for developing and sustaining trans-disciplinary collaboration, student-engaged research, and academic-community projects. UCF is required to raise matching funds of $193,736 over a five year period. Mark Kamrath, PI; Bruce Janz, Scot French, Amy Giroux, Mike Shier, and Connie Lester co-PIs.

As a component of the grant, CHDR will be moving to a larger space and furnishing the space with large-format scanners, a film scanner, and 3D laser scanners, in addition to computer workstations and collaborative spaces.

( NEH Announcement ➔)

Digital Toolbox Talk – Leaflet

November 19, 2019

Learn about the open-source mapping tool Leaflet with a presentation from Texts & Technology PhD student Evan Wallace, research associate Casey Carnes, and Dr. Rosalind Beiler of History given for CHDR on November 19, 2019.

The talk covers their project in progress, PRINT, which you can learn more about on our projects page, as well as the strengths and adaptability of this versatile tool.

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First Annual HaCAHthon

Oct 29, 2019

On October 25, 2019, Drs. Amy Giroux and Mike Shier of CHDR led the first annual "HaCAHthon," a hands-on workshop for CAH faculty, staff, and graduate students. At this event, attendees learned how to shoot 360-degree video, augment it with effects and text using Adobe After Effects, and encode it as spatial video for use with VR headsets.

Participants left with ideas for using this technology in their own research as well as a finished mockup video of their ideas.

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Digital Toolbox Talk – Tableau

March 19, 2019

Learn about the data visualization tool Tableau with a presentation from Texts & Technology PhD candidate Mia Tignor, given for CHDR on March 19, 2019. 

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