Dr. Timothy Beal to Present at the 2018 Freedman Fellows ShowCASE

Could what we learn from the Freedman Fellows’ Sexual Assault Kit Initiative reduce the number of rape cases in the future?


Could an application, created by a Freedman Fellow, uncover new biblical meanings in the Hebrew Book of Genesis?


Could a Freedman Fellows’ TEI encoded analysis of “The Image of Irelande” reveal things we didn’t know before in a rare historical and literary gem ?


Join us on March 29, 2018 at 12pm for the Freedman Fellows ShowCASE and learn how Case Western Reserve University faculty are using the latest digital scholarship tools at Kelvin Smith Library to address the questions and challenges facing the world.


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The Presentations


Rachel Lovell &  Misty Luminais

Senior Research Associates at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Education & Research, have collected data from over 500 backlogged Sexual Assault Kits from Cuyahoga County dating from 1993 to 2009. Using The Freedman Center’s ArcGIS visual mapping software, Lovell and Luminais explored the spatial relationships between attackers, victims, and the surrounding environment. By exploring the geographical data and making it available to the public, they aim to be a resource to criminology circles where data at this level of detail has not been seen before.


Denna Iammarino, Lecturer in the English Department, is preserving and transcribing John Derricke’s “The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne,” a 16th-century literary gem. By creating the first-ever digital edition of the text, Ianmmarino built digital learning tools around the text. Her goal is to make the text accessible beyond academia, taking a rare, understudied text and reviving a significant piece of literary history.


Timothy Beal, Florence Harkness Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies, is interested in changing the way we consume biblical translations in a post-print media world. Traditional translations have no ways to explore the rich ambiguities and inconclusive nature of literary texts. Using Python, a programming language, Dr. Beal is developing a program that will take text from the Hebrew Book of Genesis and find new ways to explore various translations.


For more information, please reach out to Kelvin Smith Library staff at freedmancenter@case.edu or 216-368-0932