Engaging through education is one of the core pillars of the dSHARP mission. The core team is available as guest lecturers for classes. We also maintain an ongoing speaker series, and are developing new workshops and colloquiums on methodologies, tools, current/upcoming projects, and best practices.

Guest Lecturing

Members of the dSHARP core team are available to guest lecture in undergraduate and graduate classes. These guest lectures can take a variety of formats, such as lectures, discussion sessions, seminar sessions, and in-class workshops of practical skills.

Broad topics that dSHARP team members can cover include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Humanities – Matt Lincoln, Rikk Mulligan, Emma Slayton, Scott Weingart
  • Digital Publishing – Rikk Mulligan, David Scherer
  • Data Visualization – Jessica Benner, Emma Slayton, Scott Weingart
  • Project Management – Matt Lincoln
  • User Experience/Design for Digital Projects – Rikk Mulligan

If you are interested in having a team member visit your classroom please contact us at least six weeks in advance to discuss the pedagogic goals, content, and any desired activities.

Speaker Series

dSHARP hosts 1-2 visiting speakers per semester, and co-sponsors several more in association with the University of Pittsburgh. Directly hosted speakers include:

  • Allen Riddell (Indiana University). A lecture on quantitative analysis of literary history.
  • Heather Froehlich (Penn State). A lecture and workshop on corpus linguistics and Shakespeare.
  • Mark Newton and Alex Gil (Columbia University). A joint lecture on running a digital scholarship center.
  • Brent Seales (University of Kentucky). A lecture on using scientific and computational techniques to read hard-to-access archival sources.
  • Robin Sloan (NYT Bestselling Author). A 3-day workshop on algorithmic writing, a public lecture on creativity, a brown bag talk on artificial intelligence and book history, and two class visits. (Roughly 150 attendees in all to events.)


As a part of outreach for what types of support members dSHARP can offer, the teams has hosted or given several workshops for the CMU community.

Workshops are available through the University Libraries’ event calendar. Those offered (or planned) by dSHARP include:

  • Data Visualization Best Practices
  • Introduction to Tableau
  • Advanced Tableau
  • Data Visualization in R
  • Spatial Literacy
  • Introduction to GIS software
  • 3MT Visualizing for 3MT: Slide design
  • Introduction to Web Design
  • Overleaf
  • Kilthub
  • Network Analysis Workshops