Digital Humanities Summer Institute Offers Resume Building Experience for Rachel Li C’23

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Digital Humanities Summer Institute Offers Resume Building Experience for Rachel Li C’23

Drew University student researches indigo and creates project website

August 2022 – Rachel Li C’23 has spent the past two summers conducting research at Drew University’s Digital Summer Humanities Institute (DHSI).

This summer, Li, an anthropology major and double minor in archaeology, museology, and cultural management, conducted research alongside Veronica Madrigal C’23 and art history professor Peggy Kuntz. For Li and Kuntz, it was a continuation of their DHSI project from last summer.

Their project focused on indigo, a red dye of historical significance. The group studied global trade routes, harvesting practices, modern uses, and the monetary and symbolic value of indigo. Beyond the research, Li and Madrigal helped create a robust website for the project, learning how to best showcase their project digitally and visually.

Li came out of her DHSI background with a combination of technical and soft skills that she believes will translate to the real world.

“This experience is something that will help strengthen my resume,” Li said.

“Spending two summers on this project gave me great hands-on research experience. It also allowed me to improve my interpersonal and public communication skills. I learned how to work collaboratively within a group and present our team’s progress in an orderly and accurate manner during weekly group presentations. I believe these skills and experiences will make me a better candidate to apply for jobs and graduate schools. »

While not necessarily CV-makers, the group also got their hands dirty learning how to make shibori, a form of indigo-dyeing Japanese fabrics.

“We wanted to support our research with practical experiences, which allowed us to learn more about the artistic uses of indigo and to acquire another artistic skill!”

The group’s project will be exhibited at Brothers College in the fall semester of 2022.

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