Digital Exhibit Building Symposium Speakers

Panel 1  "Why Build Digital Exhibits?"

Elisabeth Remak-HonnefElisabeth Remak-Honnef Moderator

Elisabeth Remak-Honnef has worked at the UC Santa Cruz University Library for over 20 years -- since 2012 she has served as the Head of Special Collections and Archives. In addition to her library duties, she has regularly taught an upper division class on the history of the medieval book for the HAVC and History departments and has worked with undergraduate and graduate students to plan and install exhibits about books and book history. Before coming to Santa Cruz in 1995, she worked for several years at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek cataloging illuminated medieval manuscripts. She received her advanced degrees from the University of North Carolina and the Ecole nationale des Chartes in Paris.

Francesco SpagnoloFrancesco Spagnolo

"Archiving The Invisible: Museum Exhibitions and the Digital Effect"

Exhibit: Gained in Translation
Exhibit: From Mendelssohn to Mendelssohn 

Francesco Spagnolo (PhD Hebrew University 2007) is the Curator of The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life and an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Music Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research and teaching focus on Jewish studies, music, and the digital humanities, and he directs research-based exhibition projects that draw upon the holdings of The Magnes, one of the largest Jewish museum collections in the world, and the only one of its kind embedded in a world-class research university.

John WeberJohn Weber

“More Than You Can Say, and More Than You Can See”

Exhibit: Classless Society 


John S. Weber is the Founding Director of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Weber previously served as director of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College; as curator of education and public programs at SFMOMA, where he founded the museum’s Interactive Educational Technologies program; and as curator of contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum in Oregon. He began his career as an artist.

Dustin WrightDustin Wright

“Why A Traveling Exhibition Project Is Going Digital”

Twitter: @wright_dustin, @TheGailProject

Dustin Wright is Co-Director of The Gail Project. He received his PhD in Japanese history from UCSC, where he continues to teach courses on Japan, the Pacific, and East Asia. His current manuscript is tentatively titled “Bloody Sunagawa: Anti-Base Protest and the Fight for Peace in Modern Japan."


Panel 2  "Digital Storytelling: Beyond the Platform"

Kate Dundon

Kate Dundon

Kate Dundon is the Supervisory Archivist of Special Collections and Archives at the University of California Santa Cruz Library. For the past year, she has overseen the Center for Archival Research and Training, which provides graduate students with hands-on experience in archival processing and exhibit production. Kate is interested in contemporary collecting cultures, and enjoys seeing archival material out of the box.

Sylvanna Falcón

Sylvanna Falcón

"Visualizing Human Rights Stories"

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Sylvanna Falcón is an associate professor of Latin American & Latino Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She is the author of Power Interrupted: Antiracist and Feminist Activism inside the United Nations (University of Washington Press, 2016) and the co-editor of New Directions in Feminism and Human Rights (Routledge, 2011).

Mary ThomasMary Thomas

“We Want the Airwaves: Visual Literacy and Podcasting”

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Mary Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in Visual Studies in the History of Art and Visual Culture department at UC Santa Cruz. Her dissertation examines how artists in South Los Angeles used improvisation as an aesthetic strategy from the late sixties until the contemporary moment. In her research and teaching, she is interested in exploring the possibilities for a socially-engaged art history through projects such as digital maps and podcasting.


Christine Turk, Alex Moore and Danielle CrawfordChristine Turk, Danielle Crawford and Alex C. Moore, 
2016 Center for Archival Research and Training Fellows

"Beyond Captions: Building a Digital Exhibit in Scalar"

Exhibit: Reading Nature, Observing Science 

Christine Turk is in her final year of the PhD program in Literature at UCSC. She studies seventeenth-century astronomy in terms of its ethical implications and its impact on the literary world, with a focus on the way in which science and literature jointly create and navigate new reading practices and new kinds of narrative spaces.

Danielle Crawford is a Ph.D. student in the Literature Department at UC Santa Cruz who is pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Environmental Studies. Danielle was a 2016 fellow in the Center for Archival Research and Training program, where she helped to process and curate the papers of Kenneth S. Norris, a renowned natural historian and professor in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

Alex C. Moore is a Visual Studies PhD student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her areas of research include contemporary art, postcolonial theory, African visual culture, and museum studies. Alex graduated with honors from Wesleyan University.


Jess WaggonerJess Waggoner

Buidling in Omeka

Resources about Building in Omeka

Omeka is a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the display of exhibitions and collections of images, documents, and other digital material.

Jess Waggoner is a Digital Projects Librarian at UC Santa Cruz. She is the project manager for the library’s IMLS grant-funded Omeka Curator Dashboard project. Jess works with instructors, librarians, and archivists creating exhibits on the Library Digital Exhibits and the Omeka in the Classroom sites.

Curtis FletcherCurtis Fletcher

Using Scalar to Publish Online

Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.

Curtis Fletcher is the Associate Director of the Polymathic Labs at the University of Southern California and Project Manager/Co-PI for Scalar. He received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Southern California and B.A.s in history and philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. His research spans the history of technology; the history of humanities education; science and technology studies; and visual studies. He specializes in digital research and writing in the humanities with particular expertise in new models for authoring, credentialing and publishing born-digital, multimodal, humanities scholarship.  

Sue PerrySue Perry

Ann HubbleAnn Hubble

The Lifecycle of a Digital Project

Resources for your Digital Project (including workshop materials)

The presenters will introduce project management, planning, and workflows for digital projects.  They'll cover decisions to made before, during, and after publishing an exhibit or project, including selecting materials for the project, managing them, marketing your project, and preserving it.


Susan Chesley Perry is the Head of Digital Initiatives at the UC Santa Cruz Library, responsible for the Library Digital Collections and the Grateful Dead Archive Online.  These collections include born-digital and digitized materials from the Library’s Special Collections and Archives.  She works with archivists, metadata specialists, technologists, digital production staff, and preservation specialists as materials move through the digital production lifecycle. 

Ann Hubble is the Digital Projects Librarian at the UC Santa Cruz Library.  Ann has been involved in the development of several digital exhibits including the digital companion to An Uncommonplace, documenting the history of UCSC.  She also leads the library's data managment service.

Keynote: Crafting Creative Intersections Between Social Justice, Nonfiction Storytelling and Gameful Design

Susana Ruiz

Susana Ruiz

Susana Ruiz is an artist and scholar whose work traverses the intersections of cinema, games, art, ethics and activism. Her teaching and research are broadly concerned with how the intersection of art practice, design, computation, and storytelling can enable emergent forms of social justice, aesthetics, and learning.

Her research interests include “serious,” documentary, and “art” games; ubiquitous and locative experience design; animation; modes of transmedia storytelling, production and activism; game-based learning; empathic, value-centric and participatory design; and the artistic application of theories of social justice such as anti-oppression, intersectionalism, narrative power analysis, and ethical spectacle.

Much of Ruiz’s work takes place via the studio she co-founded, Take Action Games (TAG), which has an evolving portfolio situated at the confluence of game design, participatory culture, social justice, and transmedia storytelling. TAG’s accolades include the Games For Change Audience Award, the Adobe MAX Award for Social Responsibility, Honoree status in the Webby Award Activism Category, and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ prestigious Governors Award as part of the mtvU Sudan transmedia campaign.

Ruiz was a member of the first cohort in the newly formed Interactive Media and Games MFA program at USC's School of Cinematic Arts and then a member of the second cohort in its newly formed Ph.D. program in Media Arts + Practice.  She has served as advisory board member for Games for Change, was a USC Provost’s Fellow, and recipient of the University of Southern California’s Ph.D. Achievement Award, the highest honor bestowed on doctoral candidates at USC.