Above from left to right: Dr. Louis Epstein, Samuel Parker, Carolyn Nuelle, Emily Hynes, Stella Li
Rising Junior - Vocal Performance MajorEmily has enjoyed researching the Ballets Russes and mapping over 2,000 of their performances. Additionally, she has enjoyed analyzing how different styles of maps tell different stories with the same data, and how maps can change how scholars have historically perceived past events. A story map in ArcGIS shows her efforts to compare both different mapping platforms and types of maps.
Rising Junior - Music Enthusiast & Web Programmer
Sam brings a unique skillset to this project. This summer, he divided his time between researching Maurice Ravel’s Boléro and designing an SQL database used to store the performance data the team collected. He quickly became enamored of the digital humanities, and has enjoyed exploring new ways of storing, presenting, and sharing data on the web. As a student with a mild dislike of textbooks, he hopes to continue investigating the role of data visualization in academics and in the humanities.
Rising Junior - Music and French Major
Carolyn Nuelle is a rising junior majoring in Music and French. She has used her knowledge of the language to help her team find and use French sources, a task which included the opportunity to conduct research within several archives in Paris. In addition to archival work, her research this summer has focused on collecting and examining documented jazz venues and performances in 1920s Paris. She has enjoyed tackling a project that explores the overlapping connections between her major area.
Dr. Louis Epstein
A musicologist whose work focuses on the intersections of politics, patronage, and new music in 19th and 20th-century France, Louis Epsteinhas demonstrated a healthy obsession with maps since age 8. Later in life, he attempted to time travel by performing chamber music in a Parisian salon. This project felicitously combines all of his interests: French music, maps, and time travel.
Stella Zhizhi Li
Rising Senior - Music Major
Stella is interested in wartime and interwar music history, and particularly enthusiastic about exploring the relation between music and social development, learning how music as a part of human civilization reflects social value and activates social change. This summer Stella works on reception study of the Second Viennese School in Paris and brings to this project a series of digital maps experimenting some musicological usage of interactive maps.
Rising Junior - Art History & Medieval Studies Major
In addition to being a linguaphile, Katharina belongs to that category of readers who spend as much time looking at the map at the front end of a novel as actually focusing on the text. She brings a creative, colorful perspective to the project, especially through her fictional series The Unsuspecting Tour Guide, which animates the venues and figures prominent on the map.
Rising Senior - French and Music Education Major
Having previously studied the use of music through both the French and Algerian revolutions, Philip continues to dig into both of his major interests as well as his fascination with geography and spatial analysis. During this project, Philip had the opportunity to use his French and Music skills to research 1924 Parisian music in a number of archives in Paris. Having also taken a particular interest in the frequency with which Beethoven’s works were performed, Philip has compiled and analyzed a great deal of data concerning what was performed where and by whom.
Rising Junior - English Major
As an amateur musician, music history and modernist poetry enthusiast, and writing tutor, Natalie brings to the project scattered knowledge on related topics, writing and editing expertise, and a general desire to learn much more than this from her teammates. Her blog posts and research lanes for this project have included cinema, radio, and literary figures. She is also working on a series of short essays looking deeper into musical/literary connections.
Rising Senior - French Major
Breanna recently spent a semester in Paris, and is using her knowledge of the city and language to assist the team. She has enjoyed studying jazz music, the catacombs, and Russian émigrés in Paris, among other topics.
We are grateful for funding and support from the following programs at St. Olaf College:
Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI)
McNair/Trio Scholars Program
Digital Humanities on the Hill (DHH)
Thanks also to the following individuals:
Susan Carlson (Program Coordinator for CURI, St. Olaf College)
Beth Christensen (Music Librarian, St. Olaf College)
Maggie Epstein (Access Services and Research Instruction, St. Olaf College)
Rachel Frantsen (Digital Scholarship Intern, St. Olaf College)
Kasia Gonnerman (Research Librarian, St. Olaf College)
Ben Gottfried (Assistant Director of Instructional Technology, St. Olaf College)
Timothy Maloney (Music Librarian, University of Minnesota)
Jodi Malmgren (Director, International and Off-Campus Studies, St. Olaf College)
Jason Menard (GIS Instructional Technologist, St. Olaf College)
Greg Muth (Program Director for CURI; Associate Professor of Chemistry, St. Olaf College)
Jason Paul (Research Librarian, St. Olaf College)
Dolores Peters (Project Director for DHH; Associate Professor of History, St. Olaf College)
Kathy Tuma (Associate Director, International and Off-Campus Studies, St. Olaf College)
Amy Roust (GIS Analyst, Douglas County, Kansas)