In 2018, Humanities Commons honored one of the most time-honored traditions of the season: summer camp. We hosted a virtual summer camp for users old and new. It helped participants to update, build, and achieve an outstanding digital presence through HC. Please check out the discussions from Summer 2018 to see the fantastic work and thought-provoking conversations that our participants took part in last year.
In 2019, we hosted two Humanities Commons Summer Refresh Workshops. These events encouraged you to set aside time to update your digital presence on HC. The group is a space to ask questions, connect with other users, and see the various exciting ways that other scholars use HC to build their presence online.
You can use these materials as you update your presence on the Commons.
Please visit our site for more information and updates: https://hcsummercamp.hcommons.org
Challenge #4: Sites (7/9-22)
- 9 July 2018 at 10:01 am EDT #15020
Welcome to our fourth challenge!
Challenge #4 guides you through the process of creating your own site through Humanities Commons. Right now, we’re just focusing on building the site’s structure and look. We will add content in Challenge #5: Sites 2.0.
The full details and instructions for our fourth challenge can be found on our blog.
Use this space to share a link to your site. We want to see your brilliant creations! Tell the group about your challenges and discoveries, as well as your plans for your newly created (or recently updated) site.
I look forward to checking out your sites and hearing your experiences with our fourth challenge! Keep up the great work and discussion!
- 9 July 2018 at 7:28 pm EDT #15026
Thanks for the example sites compiled in this challenge!
I’m going to sit this one out, thought, because I already have a professional portfolio and blog on WordPress, and my course sites are hosted by my university.
My personal challenge in the next two weeks will be to link to my previous course sites from my portfolio site.
- 17 July 2018 at 12:35 am EDT #15186
Lisa L. TylerParticipant@ltyler
I didn’t realize I could create a whole separate website using the Humanities Commons, so this Summer Camp has been very useful to me. I’ve been trying to figure out a space to host Virtual Hemingway, a digital project consisting of more than 250 links to (mostly reputable) Hemingway-related material online. While it’s taken me a bit of time, the site is now up! You can see it at
I hope to compile more than 300 links eventually, but I am happy with my progress so far.
- 10 July 2018 at 4:07 pm EDT #15063
I just created a site! You can find it here. As you can tell, it’s still very much a bare-bones structure, and my only post is an introductory one (nothing much new besides a link to what I think is the funniest Zizek “lecture” to date). I found the examples linked in the challenge really helpful, as they gave me a sense of what scholars are using the HC sites for. Ultimately, I decided that mine would be a combination of blog and personal site where I showcase my academic/professional accomplishments (conferences, publications, etc.), but also post more reflective pieces of some of my teaching experiments and research tangents. I’ve had a site in the past (mostly for a grad course), but I never did much with it. So I’m hoping that these challenges will give me some momentum to continue building this page and, with it, my online presence! Next step: create content for each one my sections!
- 11 July 2018 at 4:13 am EDT #15065
I am so looking forward to this challenge, but I still can’t decide what kind of site to create. Will wait a bit and see what other people come up with in the meantime.
@sarastarbucksantos : Yours is looking really good!
@caitlinduffy49 : Is there anyway one might revive an already existing (and very old…) WordPress site by incorporating or importing into a HumCommons site?
- 11 July 2018 at 8:55 am EDT #15068
@ninalager Yes! Humanities Commons sites have a number of WordPress plug-ins that you can activate for your site (our upcoming mini-challenge will focus on plug-ins you can use on HC sites, so we’ll cover this topic a bit more very soon). One of these plug-ins is the WordPress Importer which lets you export a WordPress site from elsewhere and import it as an HC site (so long as your site doesn’t require specific plugins and themes that HC can’t support).
- 11 July 2018 at 3:07 pm EDT #15081
My July project is two create a site for a project I plan to amplify in the fall. I was very happy to find this group to help me do this. Stay tuned!
- 11 July 2018 at 3:11 pm EDT #15082
My July project is to create a site for a project I plan to amplify in the fall. I want to crowd source this project and need a website to do so. I was very happy to find this group to help me do this. Stay tuned!
- 11 July 2018 at 5:01 pm EDT #15083
- 13 July 2018 at 3:13 pm EDT #15131
I’ve created a bare-bones site, which is here. I plan to use it to maunder around ideas that keep coming up for my book. Even though I think that I know exactly what I want to do with it, more ideas keep cropping up. It’s good because the work stays interesting, but bad because I really want to finish it.
- 30 July 2018 at 5:28 pm EDT #15348
So, I finally got round to completing this challenge, several weeks overdue… I’ve called it Materialist Media Ecology, and I’m thinking of it more or less as a place for me to assemble and share research, ideas, and projects (by others rather than myself, for the moment) that may be of use to my students and me, first and foremost, but also to anyone else who is interested in approaching media from an environmental/ecological/materialist perspective.
The bare bones are up, and I’ll have to wait to another day to figure out how to get a picture to go across the screen like it does in the flipping theme template (aargh!).
- 31 July 2018 at 8:59 am EDT #15356
To get a picture to go across your screen on the Radcliffe theme, you can choose to set a “featured image” for that post. The space to upload that image is on the bottom right of your post’s editing page. I think I’m thinking about the same image space as you are, but if I’m talking about something else, please let me know! Hope this helps!
- 31 July 2018 at 9:07 am EDT #15357
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