Monthly Archives: August 2014

Digit Tong Clan

Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu & Digital Preservation Workshop in Huế

Temple Associate Professor Nguyễn Thị Điểu spent two weeks this summer participating in a project sponsored by Temple University Libraries, Temple Center of Vietnamese Philosophy, Culture, and Society, and the Thừa Thiên Huế Library. It took place in the former imperial capital of Vietnam, Huế, and involved digitizing royal documents, genealogies, medical treatises, land ownship titles, etc., going back hundreds of  years, kept at village and family temples. Made of fragile materials (mulberry paper, silk, etc.), kept in challenging conditions in a climate of high humidity and temperatures, these documents are fast disintegrating, taking with them the memory of an ancient past. A mobile unit of librarians and IT specialists went to villages and temples where the documents are kept to digitize and integrate them directly into the library system using the latest technology and library science procedures.

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Jessica Roney

Welcome Jessica Roney

Jessica Choppin Roney received her BA at Swarthmore College, her MA at the College of William and Mary, and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University.  Her book, Governed by a Spirit of Opposition:The Origins of American Political Practice in Colonial Philadelphia, forthcoming in the fall of 2014, demonstrates the vitality of voluntary associations in colonial Philadelphia as an a way for ordinary men to engage with and craft policies in their community, shaping the course of revolution in Pennsylvania.  She has begun work on a second book, tentatively titled, A Revolutionary Inheritance, about settler societies on the US frontier and in Canada in the first decades after the American Revolution.   Her scholarly and teaching interests include the social, cultural, and political history of early America and the Atlantic world.  She is organizing a global conference on port cities in the age of sail (1500-1800) in the fall of 2015.