What’s Next for MA Alum Henrietta Miers

June 19, 2018

Henrietta Miers (’15) has put her digital art history knowledge to use for cultural heritage and is now stepping back into education as a teacher who will bring to classroom a unique digital skillset. Here’s what she has to say about her career path since leaving Duke:

Since graduating from Duke with an M.A. in Historical and Cultural Visualization (now the Digital Art History track) in 2015, I have been creating educational content for Boulevard, a virtual reality startup that specializes in re-creating museum and cultural spaces, such as the White House, the Library of Congress, and the Capitol Rotunda, for schools to “send” their students to these institutions. Boulevard also produces virtual educational experiences of the Revolutionary and Civil War periods as an adjunct to the 8th grade history curriculum: users are encouraged to test their knowledge with puzzles inspired by spycraft from these periods. Working in educational technology has inspired me to teach and engage students directly; I realized it would be more fulfilling to be at the head of a classroom than to be offering remote instruction. I will be attending Teachers College at Columbia University this fall to become certified to teach the social studies subjects at the high school level. I am excited to take the art historical and digital skills I learned during my time at Duke and utilize them in the classroom.


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Former Graduate Assistant joins University of Maryland Faculty

The Wired! community would like to congratulate Dr. Joseph Williams, a recent graduate of Duke’s PhD program in Art History, on his recent appointment as an assistant professor in the University of Maryland’s Architecture Program! During his studies at Duke, Williams contributed to a number of Wired! Lab projects, including The Alife Arch and The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Database, serving as the latter’s project manager. He also developed skills in digital research methods such as GIS and photogrammetry.

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Seeking a Digital Project Coordinator

Duke University is seeking a full-time Digital Project Coordinator to join the Wired Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture for a limited term position July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. 

Digital Project Coordinator (Limited Term) at Duke University

Position Requisition # 401430307

To apply, visit:  https://forms.hr.duke.edu/careers/external.php?reqid=101278BR (review of applications begins immediately)

Questions about the position should be directed to:  Professor Mark Olson, mark[dot]olson[at]duke[dot]edu

The primary function of this position will be assisting a geographically-distributed cohort of Humanities and Social Science scholars — all participants in the 2017-18 Summer Institute on “Objects, Places and the Digital Humanities” at the National Humanities Center — in the development, design, and implementation of sustainable digital projects for research and presentation.

The Digital Project Coordinator will also form part of the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History and Visual Culture in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University, and be expected to participate in meetings, group discussions, and Friday afternoon lab sessions with graduate and undergraduate students. Thus, the ideal candidate will bridge two communities: that of the NHC Summer Institute Fellows and that of the Wired! Lab at Duke and be able to engage with the broad range of topics and intellectual challenges that these scholarly groups represent.

Work Performed:

  • Plan, implement, and coordinate systems designed to facilitate project work and build community across geographically-distributed project participants.
  • Maintain consistent liaison with project participants, including researchers, project personnel, and students to establish a communication system to coordinate the various aspects of the project.
  • Provide ongoing consultation to project participants on digital project development, including: project design and implementation; local resource identification and team-building strategies; long-term planning and strategies for funding.
  • Prepare reports and analyses setting forth progress, adverse trends and appropriate recommendations and/or conclusions as requested.
  • Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.


One or more years working in a collaborative digital humanities field OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Digital project management experience, ideally within higher education institutions;
  • Experience consulting with faculty on digital projects–identifying needs, making suggestions, providing feedback, developing workflows;
  • Experience engaging best practices for ensuring digital projects are accessible, interoperable, extensible, and archivable;
  • An ability to strike an effective balance between working independently and collaborating with team and leadership;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Expertise in a variety of visualization, mapping, and content management platforms;
  • An imaginative, flexible, and creative approach to the intersection of scholarship with digital technologies;
  • Enthusiasm for learning, testing, assessing, and presenting new digital tools and methods;
  • Experience working within project management platforms (Basecamp or similar); and
  • Attentiveness to on-going and summative assessment of accomplishments and impact.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

New Dictionary of Art Historians Site

March 21, 2018
Duke University, Durham, NC

A thirty-year-old resource emerged today as a modern reference tool for art history.  The Dictionary of Art Historians, www.arthistorians.info, announced a new interface, data structure, and user options, the product of a year-long redesign.  The original tool, a website since 1996, was developed privately by Lee Sorensen, the art and visual studies librarian at Duke University.  Duke’s Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture sponsored the project beginning in 2016.  The new DAH offers searchable data on over 2400 art historians, museum directors, and art-writers of western art from all time periods.  Over 200 academic websites have linked to the project; the tool has been called one of the core tools of art historiography and cited in books and journal articles.

Begun pre-internet in 1986 as a card file, the project addressed a lack of information on the intellectual heritage that art historians created or used in writing art histories.  “Before the DAH, it was impossible to discover even simple things like an art historian’s scholarly reputation, his/her core writings or even under whom they studied,” Sorensen said.  “These things are important when reading a text or trying to understand the errors of past research.”

“The project’s redesign recognizes twenty-first-century scholars’ need to access information in the DAH using multiple digital research methods,” said Hannah Jacobs, Wired!’s digital humanities specialist responsible for the redesign, “It redefines the project content as data that can be mined at both micro and macro levels. By standardizing the data and developing new ways to access the data, we are making methods such as text mining, data analysis, and data visualization possible for our audiences.”

The new Dictionary of Art Historians site will continue to be developed over the coming year. New features to be released include

  • Additional filtering capabilities on the “Explore” page;
  • Ability to export filtered entries in open data formats;
  • Additional resources for citation management;
  • New data fields;
  • New and updated entries.

The Dictionary of Art Historians continues to accept contributions. Please submit feedback about the project, new entries, or edits to existing entries to contact@arthistorians.info.


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Wired! participates in Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

April 6, 2018
Franklin Humanities Institute | Smith Warehouse, Bay 4

Wired! Lab faculty and staff recently participated in several panels as part of a symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Digital Humanities at Duke. Panels and presentation titles are listed below. For quotes and responses, see this public Twitter archive.

Session 2: The Medieval Kingdom of Sicily Image Database Project: From Conceptual Design to Management

Chair: Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University

Part I: The Project Concept. Caroline Bruzelius, Duke University

Part II: Project Creation: Making Concept into Reality. John Taormina, Duke University

Part III: Project Management: Continued Consistency, and On-going Technological Changes. William Broom, Duke University


Session 4: The Wired! Lab and Digital Art History at Duke

Chair: Kristin L. Huffman, Duke University

“Mapping Stereotomy: Vaulting in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean.” Sara Galletti, Duke University

“The Book of Fortresses: An Early Modern Visualisation of a Historical Buffer-Zone.” Ed Triplett, Duke University

“500-Year-Old Wooden Blocks, Light Laser Scans & Photogrammetry.” Kristin L. Huffman with the collaboration of Mark DeLong, Duke University

Image Credits: Digital Matters in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Statues Speak Launches

April 13, 2018
Duke University

UPDATE: The exhibition has launched! Look for these blue signs posted near bronze statues across East and West Campus. Remote viewers can also check out the Statues Speak site to take the tour online. 


Statues are all around us, but we often walk past them without reflecting on who or what they represent. Statues can “speak” to us in many ways, but what if we could actually give them a voice? What would they want to tell us about themselves? Wired! Lab project Statues Speak, led by Duke alumna and assistant professor at Coastal Carolina University Elizabeth Baltes, explores these questions through historical research, digital curation, and public exhibition.

In April, Statues Speak will launch its first exhibitiona location-based mobile tour of the bronze portrait statues on Duke’s campus. During Blue Devil Days community members and visitors to Duke will be invited to hear these statues’ stories, as narrated by the statues themselves. Duke and Coastal students worked with Baltes to write these “autobiographies,” which are performed by members of the Duke and Durham communities, including former President Brodhead, Provost Kornbluth, and Frank Stasio of NPR. These audio recordings are accompanied by additional text and 3D interactive models of the statues.

Each participating statue will be marked by a sign that includes a QR code, which viewers can scan with their phones to hear the recordings and learn more about the history of each statue and its human inspiration.



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Publications & Presentations

Ashley Kwon, “Wired! Lab’s ‘Statues Speak’ brings the legacy of campus monuments to life,” The Chronicle, March 28, 2018, http://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2018/03/180328-kwon-statues.

New Book from Visualizing Venice

February 19, 2018
Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105

Members of Wired! and Visualizing Venice are pleased to announce the publication of Visualizing Venice: Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City. This book presents the ways in which the use of innovative technology can provide new and fascinating stories about places and times within history. It explores the variety of disciplines and analytical methods generated by technologies such as 3D images and interoperable models, GIS mapping and historical cartography, databases, video animations, and applications for mobile devices and the web.

Please join the editors and authors of Visualizing Venice: Mapping and Modeling Time and Change in a City on Monday, February 19, at 6:30PM, for a panel conversation and celebration in Smith Warehouse, Bay 4, C105. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to the Facebook event.

Missed the celebration? Watch the recording:




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Bruzelius to speak at Save Venice Boston

February 6, 2018

Wired! Lab and Visualizing Venice co-founder Professor Caroline Bruzelius will speak as part of Save Venice Boston’s annual lecture series on February 6, 2018. Bruzelius’ lecture “Visualizing Venice: The Story of a City Through Maps and Models” will explore the international collaboration’s structure and its use of 3D modeling and mapping methodologies to create a visual history of Venice. More information about the lecture may be found here. The poster below provides further information about the series.

Poster for Save Venice Boston 2018 Lecture Series, page 1.Poster for Save Venice Boston 2018 Lecture Series, page 2.


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