Intellectual Rigor

Characterized by creativity, knowledge, curiosity, aesthetics, critical thinking, and wisdom

Diverse Collaboration

Characterized by the intentional inclusion of all kinds of people and ideas, as well as respect, empathy, trust, and civility

Fearless Innovation

Characterized by bold ideas and a willingness to fail often on the way to discovering new knowledge

The Center for Digital Humanities is a research and innovation incubator for the computational study of the human condition. Through the organizational, analytical and visualization power of digital technologies, CDH provides creative, scholarly and educational support for researchers, teachers and community members seeking to more fully understand the world’s enduring and emerging needs.

Virtual Harlem

Project Creator: Bryan Carter

Date of Creation: 1997

This project began in 1996 when Bryan Carter was teaching an introductory course about African American Literature. He has resurrected the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, the Savoy Ballroom, the Abyssinian Baptist Church, and the Harlem Branch of the New York Public Library, all preserved and open to visitors in a way that hasn’t been possible for a century.

Harlem Streets, an aerial view

Harlem Streets, building exteriors

Harlem Public Library, note the authentic light fixtures

Harlem Public Library, fireplace seating area

The Cotton Club, best place to hear music

Harlem Speakeasy, the local bar scene

Bar Details, authentic currency and labels

Carter, Bryan
Center Director
Dr. Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, specializing in African American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and digital culture. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem and has presented it at locations around the world. His research focuses on advanced visualization and how sustained and varied digital communication affects student retention and engagement in literature courses taught both online and face-to-face.
Eiselen, Steven
Graduate Assistant
Steven Eiselen is a Computer Science Graduate Student at the University of Arizona, where he currently works at the Center for Digital Humanities on a variety of projects involving interactive and immersive visualization, including Virtual and Augmented Reality. Before then: he was a TA for the Senior Level Algorithms course (CSC 445) for the Summer 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017 semesters; and served as the instructor for the Summer 2017 Discrete Structures course (CSC 245). His interests include creative coding, geometric algorithms, simulation environments, game programming, artificial intelligence, 3D visualization/graphics, and Virtual/Augmented Reality visualization.

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