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First Wednesday at the CAFe series + Other Talks

Upcoming Talks


Previous Talks

February 1, 2023: CAFe Speaker Series: Accidental Evidence: The Amateur Film in the Government Archive

Audrey Amidon, Motion Picture Preservation Specialist, Moving Image and Sound Preservation Labs, National Archives and Records Administration
Heidi Holmstrom, Motion Picture Preservation Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration

CAFe Speaker Series: Accidental Evidence: The Amateur Film in the Government Archive

The Federal archive may be the last place one thinks to look for amateur film, but among the footage shot by government employees and contractors there are numerous films collected by government agencies because they document activities or events of importance to the United States. This “accidental evidence” includes films of UFO sightings, a presidential assassination, and the activities of American fascists. In this presentation, Audrey Amidon and Heidi Holmstrom from NARA will reflect on what makes a film a government record and how these amateur films came to be preserved at the National Archives





FALL 2022

December 7, 2022: CAFe Speaker Series: Belongings, Archives & Indigenizing Design
Lorén M. Spears, Narragansett and Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum

Abstract: The Tomaquag museum established in 1958 by Eva Butler, an anthropologist, with the guidance of the late Princess Red Wing (Narragansett/Wampanoag) is the only museum in Rhode Island dedicated to and operated by Indigenous peoples in the state and region. Tomaquag’s mission is to educate the general public about the histories of Indigenous peoples in ways that center their experiences in the past, present and future. The museum through its mission, outreach, and educational initiatives strives to Indigenize the museum through decolonizing and Indigenizing practices and policies. Lorén Spears, Narragansett, and Executive Director of Tomaquag Museum, will share the strategies around decolonizing and Indigenizing the policies, processes, and design of collections and archives within our current museum and our planning for our new museum campus.

November 2, 2022: Data Articles: Introducing a Genre— with the Journal of Open Humanities Data and Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation

Victoria Van Hyning, Assistant Professor, the University of Maryland, College of Information Studies; Representative of the Journal of Open Humanities Data

Paola Marongiu, Ph.D. Student, University of Neuchâtel; Representative of the Journal of Open Humanities Data

Kristina E. Poznan, Clinical Assistant Professor, the University of Maryland, College of Arts & Humanities; Representative of the Journal of Slavery and Data Preservation


October 5, 2022: Close/Distant: Scales of Analysis in Digital Projects
Dr. Ruth Ahnert, Queen Mary University


September 23, 2022: SNACSchool @ UMD

SNACSchool @ UMD

This is the official training program of the Social Networks and Archival Context (SNAC) platform. SNAC is a cooperative platform that aggregates archival finding aids, making collections searchable across institutions, and across the world.

NARA archivists and SNAC Liaisons Jerry Simmons and Dina Herbert lead an in-person half-day training in SNAC. We are very lucky to be partnering with SNAC to offer this training live for UMD students, staff, and faculty.

Attendees will get a refresher on some core concepts (a.k.a. authority control, metadata standards), learn how to edit a historical figure, and link them to archival resources across the world.


September 14, 2022: Virtual Panel Discussion: Digitizing Artifacts from the Black Lives Matter Memorial Fence
Aliza Leventhal (Library of Congress), Jodi Hoover (Enoch Pratt), Laura Farley (DC Public Library), Junious Whitaker IV (Howard University) and Karen Irwin (activist), and Nadine Seiler (activist)


May 4, 2022: Speaking with the Past: Novel forms of access to spoken word collections
Douglas W. Oard. Professor, University of Maryland, iSchool


April 6, 2022: A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again: Graduate Archival Studies During COVID-19
Ferrin Evans. Master’s candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto


March 2, 2022: Techno-Vernacular Creativity and Innovation
Dr. Nettrice Gaskins. Artist. Academic. Cultural Critic and advocate of STEAM fields


February 2, 2022: Body-Oriented Cataloging and the Future of Gender in Archives
Travis Wagner, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow. University of Maryland, iSchool


FALL 2021

December 8, 2021: The CAFe Book Series Presents: Matthew G Kirschenbaum’s Bitstreams: The Future of Digital Literary Heritage
Matthew Kirschenbaum. Professor of English and Digital Studies. University of Maryland


December 1, 2021: Linking, sharing and using community generated digital content: using and sustaining citizen histories
Lorna M. Huges, Ph.D., Professor of Digital Humanities. University of Glasgow


November 17, 2021: CAFe FOIA presentation: “Secrets of the Freedom of Information Act: Everything you need to know about the FOIA process (including finding out where the Roswell documents are)”
Jason R. Baron, Professor of the Practice. University of Maryland, iSchool


October 6, 2021: Preservation for Possibility: Archives’ Collaborations in Future Imaginations
Sherri Wasserman, Ph.D. Candidate, Center for Science and the Imagination, Arizona State University


September 1, 2021: Innovative Approaches to Digital Public Records: The Vermont Experience
Tanya Marshall, State of Vermont


May 5, 2021: Working with Indigenous Australian peoples to support community archiving and cultural safety
Kirsten Thorpe, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology Sydney


April 7, 2021: Using Geographical Archival Resources for Quantitative History: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Valeria Ruedo, University of Nottingham’s School of Economics


March 3, 2021: What To Do with All This Stuff: Archive-Based Content Strategy in the Attention Economy
Umi Hsu, ONE Archive Foundation


Feb 3, 2021:  Presidential Transitions and Presidential Libraries: Past, Present and Future
Gary M. Stern, National Archives and Records Administration