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MONDAY, NOvEMBER 8, 2010THE BROWN DAILY HERALDPAGE 2
“It’s a ery specific topic, bt there’s so mch to look at.”
— Becca Rast ’13, on agricltral politics in New England
By lOuiSA ChAFee
A collaboration among the Depart-
ment o Computer Science, the Uni- versity Library Center or Digital Ini-
tiatives and the Department o ItalianStudies — with sponsorship rom Mi-
crosot Research — created “Garibaldi
on the Surace,” the centerpiece o
“Growing Knowledge: The Evolutiono Research,” an exhibit at the British
Library. It is a pilot project intended
to increase uture collaboration and
technology in the humanities.
“Garibaldi on the Surace” is a digitized version o the Garibaldi
Panorama, a painting given to the li-brary ve years ago. The panorama
is our-and-a-hal eet tall, 273 eet long
and intended to be read like a scrollpainted on both sides. It depicts the
lie o the Italian liberator Giuseppe
Massimo Riva, an Italian studies
proessor and Garibaldi expert, said
he began the process o digitization to
enhance a seminar he was teaching.In 2007, the Garibaldi panorama was
lmed over one week and digitally
stitched together so that it would ap-
pear to move orward. But Riva want-
ed to be able to access the images on
a more usable device — University
Librarian Harriette Hemmasi said the
rst version was “awkward.”
Riva talked to Andy van Dam,
proessor o computer science, who was interested in touch technology
and, with Microsot as a sponsor, they
used the touch tabletop to create thecurrent exhibit.
The tabletop looks like a coee
table and unctions like an iPod, ex-
cept the user doesn’t have to touch the
surace. “It’s like an iPod on steroids,”
according to van Dam. Touch table
technology was originally built or res-taurants, but Microsot was interested
in extending the uses o the devices. Ater the British Library learned
about the touch table project through
a ormer head librarian at Microsot,
Van Dam said, Brown hosted a delega-
tion rom the London institution. They were so impressed with the work that
they made the Garibaldi project the
centerpiece o the “Growing Knowl-edge” exhibit, Hemmasi said.
The Garibaldi exhibit is interactive,
with music, videos, news articles and
photographs accompanying various
parts o the scroll to place the artwork
in context. “It now looks like what is was intended to be, a research tool,”Hemmasi said.
This is only a pilot project, withtwo similar projects already under
way. Van Dam joked that one o the
next projects will produce “Garibaldi
on steroids” — a version with such
high resolution that a user could see
individual brush strokes, and a larger
surace so the image will be lie-size.
This is still in the very early design
A second project, HumBub —
which stands or Humanities Bubbles— will enhance the image with added
scholarly inormation in “bubbles,”small windows capable o moving
around the screen. This is intended
as a productivity tool or humanitiesscholars, but it is also still being or-mulated. Van Dam called it the “rst
pancake” — the one that always needs
to be thrown out. Van Dam said that those who are
curious to see the Garibaldi project
can contact him via e-mail. In addition,Riva plans to test the touch table proj-
ect in a seminar he is teaching next
semester, ITAL 1340: “Garibaldi andthe Risorgimento.”
The Garibaldi project is one step in
a larger eort to enhance collabora-
tion and make better tools available toscholars in the humanities, Hemmasi
said. In the uture, she said, libraries
may come equipped with a “digitalscholarship lab” with touch tables
and similar technology that will make
dicult-to-access materials more avail-
able to researchers and allow multiple
people to work on a project at once.
By SOPhiA SeAwell
Inspired by an interest in condi-
tions or U.S. arm workers, a group
o undergraduates is pursuing an
independent study project intendedto “lay the groundwork or potentialresearch” on agricultural politics in
New England, according to Becca
Rast ’13, one o the students in-
volved. The students, who range rom
sophomores to second-semester
seniors, met last spring while tak-ing ENVS 1560: “Sustenance and
Sustainability,” a class about the
impacts o policies and cultures onood systems in the United States.
Rast said she “was especially
interested in arm workers and
the people who are producing or
picking and harvesting the major-
ity o our ood in the states.” She
said she wondered, “Why aren’t labor rights a prominent part o
Rast started talking to el-low students in the class, whoexpressed interest in workingtogether to urther pursue that idea. Because they had missed
the deadline or orming a Group
Independent Study Project, the
nine students decided instead to
propose nine separate Independent
Study Projects and work together.
The group plans to begin in-
terviewing Rhode Island citizensabout arm worker conditions in
this state, “an area where there
hasn’t really been any research,”
Rast said. In addition, the group
plans to begin visiting high schoolsto give presentations on arm work-
Another major goal o theproject is to “put together our
avorite resources to give to pro-essors who are teaching classes
on agriculture, ood systems and
environmental history, so they canincorporate more lectures on arm
workers,” she said.
The de acto GISP, which meets
twice a week, is led by two dier-
ent students each class session,
who assign readings and prepare
a lecture to be ollowed by discus-
sion. The group checks in with our
dierent aculty advisers rom theCenter or Environmental Studiesand the sociology, political science
and history departments.
Rast said she believes the range
o the departments refects the
project’s nature. “What we’re look-ing at is very interdisciplinary: so-
cial movements, policies, history o
agriculture, environmental justice
and implications or arm workers,”
she said. “It’s a very specic topic,
but there’s so much to look at.” The idea o putting together a GISP out o nine ISPs resulted insomething slightly dierent thaneither program. The group has “a
little bit more reedom,” and stu-
dents “don’t necessarily have to
do the same nal projects,” Rast
said. But “generally it unctions the
same as a GISP — it just shows up
as an ISP on transcripts.”
Working both independently
and as a group “involves a lot o
accountability” in terms o students
checking in and getting input rom
each other, Rast said.
GIS S k
Cortesy of Brown Library
The computer science and Italian studies departments came together to
create a 273-foot-long panorama that scrolls on a toch table.
By eMMA wOhl
Last month, fiers appeared in din-
ing halls announcing Brown had
been recognized by People or theEthical Treatment o Animals as a
vegan-riendly school, though it was
eliminated in the rst round o voting
or the designation o most vegan-
In the past, PETA’s designation o-cused on vegetarian-riendly schools.
In 2007, it named Brown a “Top 10
Vegetarian-Friendly College,” Gina
Guiducci, Dining Services’ dietitian,
wrote in an e-mail to The Herald.
But this was the rst year the group
ocused specically on vegan-riendly
schools, she wrote.
“Ater receiving eedback rom
students, PETA reached out to Din-ing Services or additional inorma-tion about our dining program and
our vegan oerings,” Guiducci wrote.
The “vegan-riendly college”
nomination was not PETA’s ultimate
prize but rather “more o a recogni-tion and start o a voting period, in
which students were asked to vote,”Guiducci wrote. The next stage wasa bracket-style tournament in whichschools competed or votes head-to-
head. Brown was eliminated ater
losing to Smith College in the rst
round o the tournament, according
to PETA’s website.
But Guiducci said Dining Ser- vices is “very proud to have been
recognized by the nomination, which
has opened the doors to increased
communication with students on
campus who are vegan or vegetar-
“I always have something to eat,”said Ellora Vilkin ’14, who was a veg-an or several months beore coming
to Brown and has kept it up since.
“Sometimes it’s not the most excit-ing ood in the world,” but there is
always an option or her, she added.
Vilkin said she had been in con-
tact with Guiducci about when the
dining halls would have soy milk,
which they did not get until October.Guiducci had been very responsive,
Sophie Hawley-Weld ’14 tried a
vegan diet or several weeks this
all. “It just means you’re eating the
same things every day,” she said.
Ultimately, she quit “mainly because
I was doing it or the wrong reasons,”
she said. She said she was trying to
go vegan ater a class challenged
her to try something new, but she
didn’t have the commitment level
to keep it up.
“I absolutely think it requires you
to think about what you’re eating,” Vilkin said.
“The salad bar is my riend,” she
Though she is satised overall
with the options at the dining halls, Vilkin said she will not stay on mealplan.
“I love to cook, so I’ll go o whenI have access to a nice kitchen,” she
According to Guiducci, Brown
sets itsel apart because “we don’t
rely solely on vegan hot dogs, nug-
gets or patties.” Instead, Dining Ser- vices has developed its own recipes,
including “oven roasted tou, vegan
alael, vegan chana masala” and
many more, she wrote.
“Both the nomination and our past award in 2007 speak to thediversity here on campus and the
desire and need or a department,
like Dining Services, to continue toservice students o varying dietary preerences,” she wrote.
Future vegan-riendly projectsor Dining Services include label-
ing vegan menu items and the de-
velopment o more vegan-riendly
desserts, Guiducci wrote, adding that she plans to work with Brown Animal
Rights Coalition on these projects.