Author Archives: Christopher Church

Lee and the Commemoration of Slavery

Let’s unpack Lee’s so-called distaste for the institution of slavery. Lee was a “progressive” slaveholder, which doesn’t mean what you might expect. While Lee saw slavery as regrettable, his misgivings revolved around slavery’s inefficiency and messiness rather than out of any … Continue reading

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To My Students Regarding Charlottesville

To my students, Like you, I am currently grappling with the shocking revelations and events from this past weekend’s neo-fascist rally in Charlottesville, and I write to you in the hope that my words can help in some small way as we navigate this … Continue reading

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Paradise Destroyed (Pre-Order Available Now)

About the book Over a span of thirty years in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the French Caribbean islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe endured natural catastrophes from all the elements—earth, wind, fire, and water—as well as a collapsing … Continue reading

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Chapter 4: “The 1928 Hurricane in Florida and the Wider Caribbean” – Environmental Disaster in the Gulf South

Abstract The 1928 hurricane arrived during a time of change for the Gulf South and the wider Caribbean. Slavery had ended, to be replaced by poorly-paid industrial and agricultural wage labor and supplemented by inequitable state practices and institutionalized racism. … Continue reading

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UC BERKELEY: Computing and the Practice of History, April 13, 4:00PM TO 5:30PM

Visualizing Empire in the Age of Big Data: A Distant Reading of French Imperial Conquest, 1870-1914 APRIL 13, 2017 – 4:00PM TO 5:30PM Lecture by Christopher M. Church, PhD, assistant professor, Department of History and co-director, Nevada Center for Data … Continue reading

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Caribbean Earthquakes, 1840-1900 – BRGM Data

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Re-sizing a virtual drive without losing data in Linux

If you’re like me, sometimes you create a virtual machine without planning ahead with regard to space needs. If you aren’t like me, and all 4 partitions aren’t used up on your particular VM, you could easily add an additional partition … Continue reading

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HIST462: French Revolution

Echoes of the French Revolution Professor Church Department of History University of Nevada, Reno By tearing down centuries of political and cultural tradition in the span of a few decades, the French Revolution ushered in the modern age and created … Continue reading

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HIST 300a – Digitizing History

HIST 300A – Digitizing History teaches how to conduct history projects in the 21st century through documentary film-making, web-design, and best practices in the digital humanities. Students will explore a variety of contemporary models for the production and consumption of historical … Continue reading

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UNR Campus Conferences: Big Data

NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION: THE VIEW FROM THE HUMANITIES Christopher Church, Assistant Professor, History NLP and OCR: the View from the Humanities Natural Language Processing (NLP) presents numerous opportunities for humanities research, particularly in the field of … Continue reading

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