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Intensives provide a space for a single researcher or small research team to engage directly with members of the AADHum community and MITH team in an open, flexible format meant to foster learning, discussion, and progress. AADHum Intensives further distill the most powerful elements of AADHum’s hallmark activities (workshopsreading groups and incubators) to facilitate the creation of excellent digital humanities work: presentation, as each researcher delivers a brief talk contextualizing the development of their digital project; dialogue, as participants engage with the researcher, with the goal of providing purposeful feedback and fostering discussion of two key theoretical or disciplinary readings that ground their project; and skill building, as AADHum and MITH staff support each researcher to develop or refine a key technical skill relevant to their project.

During the Spring 2019 semester, Intensives will feature members of the 2019 AADHum Scholars cohort. While open to the public, audience members should be aware that Intensives will focus squarely on supporting each Scholar in the conception and development of their own individual projects. These Intensives are not meant to provide broad skills theoretical or digital skills training. 

This Intensives session, “Life, Love, and Labor in Clemson University’s Early African American History, 1825-1972,” features Dr. Rhondda Thomas, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature, Department of English, Clemson University. Dr. Thomas completed her PhD in English at the University of Maryland. Her research interests include racial identities, migration, and auto/biography. Thomas has published Claiming Exodus: A Cultural History of Afro-Atlantic Identity, 1770-1903 and co-edited The South Carolina Roots of African American Thought. She contributed the “Locating Slave Narratives” chapter to the Oxford Handbook of the African American Slave Narrative and is the acquisitions co-editor for the African American Literature series at the Clemson University Press. Thomas is also the faculty director of the “Call My Name: African Americans in Clemson University History” multimodal research project for which she was awarded a 2018-19 Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship, a gift from the Dr. James and Edith Bostic, Jr., through the Clemson University Foundation, and grants from NEH Creating Humanities Communities, SC Humanities, and Clemson’s Office of the Provost. She recently accepted invitations to write a book for the Humanities and Public Life Series at the University of Iowa Press and an essay for a special issue on biographic mediation for the Biography journal about the Call My Name project.