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Roberta Pearson <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 4 May 2010 11:07:56 +0100
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Those of you based in the UK may be interested in the following.

Robert Allen, James Logan Godfrey Professor of American Studies, History and Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, has been appointed as a visiting fellow of the Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Nottingham. 

Prof. Allen will be giving two lectures on his digital humanities related projects. All are welcome. 


"Going to the Show": An Experiment in Cultural Archaeology 


Going to the Show documents and illuminates the experience of movies and moviegoing in North Carolina from the introduction of projected motion pictures (1896) to the end of the silent film era (circa 1930). Through its innovative use of more than 750 SanbornŽ Fire Insurance maps of forty-five towns and cities between 1896 and 1922, the project situates early moviegoing within the experience of urban life in the state's big cities and small towns. It highlights the ways that race conditioned the experience of moviegoing for all North Carolinians- white, African American, and American Indian. Its collection inventories every known N.C. African American movie theater in operation between 1908 and 1963. Supporting its documentation of more than 1300 movie venues across 200 communities is a searchable archive of thousands of contemporaneous artifacts: newspaper ads and articles, photographs, postcards, city directories, and 150 original architectural drawings. 


See the following URL for additional information: <> 


Screening Room, Hallward Library 140 

Tuesday May 18th

10.00am - 12.00pm.



Professor Robert Allen '"Main Street, Carolina": Digital Tools for Cultural Heritage' 

Main Street, Carolina is a Web-based digital history project will serve as a resource for local communities around the state. The project provides a digital platform for museums, historic preservation groups and other community organizations to build their own history projects, to see and study their own history in new ways. They begin with the unparalleled collection of historic city maps in the University Libraries North Carolina Collection and then add whatever local data they wish: historical and contemporary photographs, newspaper ads and articles, architectural drawings, historical commentary, family papers and excerpts from oral history.

Screening Room, Hallward Library 140 

Wednesday May 19th 

10 a.m. to 12 noon.


You will need a Nottingham ID card to enter the library. If you are from outside the University and wish to attend please contact Prof. Roberta Pearson, [log in to unmask]


Roberta Pearson
Professor of Film and Television Studies
Director of the Institute of Film and Television Studies
School of American and Canadian Studies
University of Nottingham
44(0)115 9514250

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