Land and Legacy investigates the University of
Virginia’s and UVA Foundation’s land development and expansion throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle
County since the 1980s. In light of UVA’s 2030 plan to be “Great and Good,” Land and Legacy examines how these
developments have affected local communities, and place these impacts in dialogue with UVA’s public narratives.
The Praxis Program
Land and Legacy was created by the 2019-2020 Praxis cohort.
Praxis is a project of the Scholars’ Lab at the University of Virginia Library.
It reimagines graduate methodological training for the demands of the humanities
in the digital age. Each year, the Praxis Program funds a team of five or six UVA
graduate students from a variety of disciplines to apprentice with the Scholars’ Lab. Under the guidance of Scholars’ Lab faculty and staff, Praxis Fellows
receive intensive training in digital methods and tools in the fall and collaborate
to design and create a full-fledged digital humanities project or software tool in
the spring. The 2019-2020 cohort was encouraged to create a digital project in the
spirit of the Charlottesville
Regional Equity Atlas.
The members of the 2019-2020 cohort are:
We could not have created Land and Legacy without the assistance, guidance, and support of
staff at the UVA Library Scholars’ Lab. We especially want to thank the following:
- Brandon Walsh for leading us throughout the year, teaching us about digital pedagogy,
assisting with project management and web design, and constantly reminding us that we
are shining stars
- Shane Lin for patiently teaching us in “Code Lab,” making us look good with nice photographs,
and troubleshooting our design and programming needs
- Amanda Visconti for enthusiastic leadership and support
- Ronda Grizzle for teaching us about project management and how to create a Charter
- Jeremy Boggs for expertise regarding both delectable coffee and web design
- Drew MacQueen for assistance with mapping data and creating story maps
- Chris Gist for advice on Equity Atlas datasets
- Laura Miller for teaching us about budgets
- Alison Booth, Ammon Shepherd,
Arin Bennett, and
Will Rourk for helping us understand the scope of
Digital Humanities through their “lightning round” presentations
This project also benefited immensely from numerous scholars and
community leaders outside the Scholars’ Lab. Our sincere and wholehearted thanks goes out to the following:
- Rebecca Coleman for speaking with us about the Equity Atlas, sharing constant tips and tricks, and helping arrange various meetings
- MacKenzie Brooks for helping us think about DH pedagogy and what DH looks like at other institutional settings
- Michele Claibourn for explaining the background and principles of the Equity Atlas
- Jordy Yager for sharing his knowledge about race, mapping, and in Charlottesville and helping us think about how digital projects can create change
- Mary Kuhn and Elizabeth Fowler for helping us think about how “memories” of Jefferson’s visions transformed the Lawn and its gardens
- Garth Anderson for sharing his abundance of institutional knowledge regarding the history of UVA and Grounds
- Sanjay Suchak for generously letting us use his photograph as a background for our landing page
- Barbara Brown Wilson for her wisdom about making local projects equitable and for encouraging us to rescope our project in light of the coronavirus pandemic
- Alissa Diamond for sharing her knowledge regarding UVA and real estate and especially for her willingness to share legal documents pertaining to UVA real estate
- Brandon Butler for sharing his expertise regarding copyright and fair use
- Dave Hennigan for teaching us about grants
- John Rhea for teaching us the zombified nuts-and-bolts of HTML/CSS
- Hunter Wagenaar for sharing his list of 28 spaces at UVA to consider for possible recontextualization that he identified with fellow undergraduate students
- Ashley Schmidt for sharing information from a document produced by the PCUAS that pertains to the recent renaming and recontextualization of spaces at UVA
- Phyllis Leffler and Frank Dukes for sharing information about their 2012 course “Race and Repair”
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