Emily F. Brooks
Scholar. Maker. Editor. Designer.

Digital Humanities / History of the Book / Children's Literature

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Summer 2018

NEH Summer Institute - The Book: Material Histories and Digital Futures [Summer Scholar]

My final project, Crystallized Intelligence, is on display at the Salt Lake Public Library. It is a selective academic memoir of my favorite courses at the University of Florida. Each page spread encapsulates some of the most memorable concepts learned in an assemblage of notes, quotes, diagrams, etc. The book is meant to represent my crystallized knowledge, an educational psychology concept in contrast with fluid intelligence. The handmade case is made with Tsunami marbled paper, black glitter paper, black bookcloth, and a crystal I made with Borax. The book is made with cotton paper, transparencies, and is a perfect binding. If you're interested in reading the pages, check out this PDF.

On March 28, I was notified of my selection as one of 25 summer scholars. We were evaluated based on an application essay and CV. The institute is from June 18-July 13 hosted by Salt Lake Community College. Week 1: Materiality & The History of the Book Form will feature Nicole Howard and Johanna Drucker; Week 2: Circulation & the Social Patterns of the Book will feature Jonathan Senchyne; Week 3: Embodied Perspectives will feature Mara Mills; and Week 4: Alterations and Experimentations in Book History will feature Anna Arnar. A huge thanks to Lisa Bickmore, Melissa Helquist, and Charlotte Howe for organizing this amazing opportunity! You can check out the institute website for more details.

ENC3310: Advanced Exposition: Makeademia [Instructor]

We are already in the habit of daily verbal and textual exposition: describing observations, narrating events, providing instructions, linking causes to effects, comparing and contrasting ideas, illustrating our points of view, defining moments, classifying new experiences, and making connections. We generate these strings of characters, syllables, words to make something that has never quite existed in exactly that combination before—just as makers use the same toolboxes, technologies, or raw materials to make new, unique artifacts. How is writing, then, a form of making? In this course, we will explore how humanist scholars experiment, create, and make things through research.

This course will teach you how to enhance your writing style (clarity, coherence, cohesion, concision, and elegance) and design thinking habits (color, typography, layout, visuals, and medium). You will read a style handbook and select chapters and project snapshots from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities. Based on the readings, you will make things like zines, animated GIFs, and 3D prints and write 6000 words as blog posts and various expository exercises.

Current Positions

PhD Candidate in the English department @UF. NEH Summer Scholar 2018. HASTAC Scholar 2016-2018. Guest Editor of Trace: Innovation Initiative. Graduate Student Representative on the Digital Humanities Certificate Committee @UF. Co-instructor of Arduino trainings at the Marston Science Library @UF. Lead Graphic Designer/Technical Editor at The Athena Group, Inc.

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