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Connecting Soul, Spirit, Mind, and Body: A Collection of Spiritual and Religious Perspectives and Practices in Counseling
This edited volume presents spiritual and religious perspectives and practices that can be integrated into counseling, written by experts in the field. Included are topics such as transpersonal experiences, prayer, meditation, and non-traditional spiritual approaches.
Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries
The publication summarizes the results of a needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities by public libraries and state library agencies in the United States. The report outlines key findings from surveys of U.S. public libraries and state library agencies, and provides observations and recommendations for future exploration in the area of supporting digitization efforts in public libraries.
State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2014
The State Library Administrative Agencies Survey: Fiscal Year 2014 report provides a view of the condition of state library administrative agencies in the 50 states and the District of Columbia for Fiscal Year 2014. The data includes state library agency identification, governance, public service hours, service outlets, collections, library service transactions, library development transactions, services to other libraries in the state, allied operations, staff, income, expenditures, and electronic services and information. State libraries administer federal funds through the IMLS Grants to States program and play a crucial role in helping libraries within their state meet the demand for content and services by establishing statewide plans for library services, investing in technology and content, and providing support for local programming. While the state libraries continued to offer a wide array of library services in 2014, the study results showed a multi-year pattern of decreases in revenues, expenditures, and staffing that coincided with the Great Recession of 2007-2009. The revenue from federal, state, and other sources to state library agencies totaled $1.1 billion in FY 2014, a 17 percent decrease in revenue from FY 2004.The report is useful to Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), policymakers in the executive and legislative branches of federal and state governments, government and library administrators at the federal, state, and local levels, the American Library Association and its members or customers, library and public policy researchers, the public, journalists, and others.
The Hill Archive in Practice: A Resource for the Texas Clay Exhibition and Publicaiton at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation is part of a panel on "Collective Contributions in Creating a Digital Hybrid" discussing the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. In this presentation, Amy Kurlander discusses using the Hill Archive to create an exhibition of 19th-century Texas pottery, and an illustrated catalogue of Bayou Bend's entire collection of over 180 Texas-made vessels.
Quantifying Artist Canvas with Digital Signal Processing Tools
Video recording of a presentation at the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Don Johnson describes and illustrates signal processing techniques used in technical examinations for art authentication, and demonstrates how these results are used in technical art history.
Of Institutions, Initiatives, and the Importance of Regional Academic Communities: Building NYCDH
Video recording of a presentation at the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Kimon Keramidas and Alex Gil discuss how the New York City Digital Humanities group enables a wide variety of communities of practice, and the importance of regional communities in facilitating the growth of new academic fields, such as digital humanities.
imagineRio: A Diachronic Atlas of the Social and Architectural Evolution of Rio de Janeiro
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Farès el-Dahdah and Alida C. Metcalf discuss imagineRio, a searchable atlas platform that illustrates the social and urban evolution of Rio de Janeiro over the entire history of the city, as it existed and as it was often imagined.
Discovering Texas Material Culture in the Briscoe Center for American History
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation is part of a panel on "Collective Contributions in Creating a Digital Hybrid" discussing the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. In this presentation, Lynn Bell discusses the three year period in which Fellows surveyed over 11,000 objects and archival items to identify and photograph those that would contribute to the Hill Archive's mission.
Classified Information for All: Etree, The Internet, and the Folksonomies of Live Music Recordings
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Jeremy Berg discusses the classification of live music recordings, and positions it in the scope of digital humanities, explaining how it came to be and what the academy can learn from it.
Recital Preservation: Before They Fade Away
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Dara Flinn discusses issues in planning and executing a preservation project with Fondren Library and the Shepherd School of Music for digitizing audio materials.
Grateful Data: Digital Humanities, Data Cleaning, and the Grateful Dead
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Scott Carlson discusses his efforts to teach data cleaning techniques using publicly available data related to the Grateful Dead, including data from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the Internet Archive, and the Internet Movie Database.
(Re)conceptualizing Research with Native Peruvian Artists in the Age of Digital Humanities
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Amanda Alexander discusses an ongoing research project with a Native Peruvian artist who works to preserve and keep alive a traditional type of pottery called a huaco.
Gephi Visualization and Text-Mining with R in the Study of Chen Duxiu, a Chinese Political and Cultural Iconoclast
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Anne Chao uses network visualization software and text-mining to render a more comprehensive understanding of Chen Duxiu.
Digital Medical Humanities: An Applied Media Studies Community of Practice
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, Kirsten Ostherr draws on examples from the Medical Media Arts Lab to show how digital medical humanities cultivates 21st century communication skills for future health professionals.
Workshop: Digital Literacy in the College
Video recording of a workshop presentation at the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this workshop, Ron Thomas demonstrates an active-learning exercise wherein students create a presentation using an allusion-plus-image format in order to gloss allusions form the writer's text with images from the web.
Digital Inputs, Cultural Outputs: Collaborative, Online Tools for Education, Research and Publication in the History of Art and Cultural Heritage Preservation
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, John North Hopkins presents the Collections Analysis Collaborative, an initiative of the Menil Collection and Rice University.
Digital Facsimiles: the "Electronic Vesalius" and archival remediation
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation consists of a panel on a collaboration between the Texas Medical Center's Rare Book Room and McGovern Historical Center, the Rice Oshman Engineering and Design Kitchen, and Rice's Fondren Library and Humanities Research Center to create the "Electronic Vesalius."
Welcome Address
Welcome address for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference by the Conference Director, Spencer Keralis, and Host Welcome Addresses from Rice University by Vice Provost Sara Lowman and the Humanities Research Center Director, Farès el-Dahdah.
Real Talk: Connecting Classrooms and Public Archives
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation consists of a panel of representatives from Houston institutions, with lightning talks on their collaborations between LGBTQ archives and university classrooms, and a group discussion on topics raised by the lightning talks.
Keynote Address: From I, Robot to WeRobotics: Humanitarian Robotics in Action
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This keynote address draws on real-world examples to illustrate how aerial robotics (drones) and other autonomous robotics solutions are being used in a wide range of humanitarian efforts.
Keynote Address: Burning Down the Tent: New Futures for Social Justice and Digital Humanities
Video recording of a keynote presentation at the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this keynote address, Roopika Risam uses digital initiatives at Salem State University as a case study to illustrate the key practices necessary for building digital humanities communities and institutional centers that place social justice at the core of their missions.
Art + Recovery in the Digital Humanities
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. In this presentation, xtine burrough and Sabrina Starnaman discuss their participatory installation, a creative recovery effort focusing on the 1861 short story Life in the Iron Mills.
More Than Pretty Pictures: Material Culture Digitally Revealed Through the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artist Archive
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation is part of a panel on "Collective Contributions in Creating a Digital Hybrid" discussing the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive. In this presentation, Margaret Culbertson provides an overview of the development of the William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive.
ARTECA: Connecting Creative Communities
Presentation for the 2016 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation consists of a panel on a collaboration between MIT Press, Leonardo/ISAST and UT Dallas to create ARTECA, a digital scholarly aggregator. ARTECA serves as an online portal that supports the creation and dissemination of digital scholarly materials that explore the intersection of arts, science and technology.
Extended Abstract: Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence
Brief paper discussing research regarding people who resist spiritual emergence and transformation.
Paranormal Aspects of Pre-Existence Memories in Young Children
Abstract: The authors present both unconfirmed and externally confirmed cases of children's pre-existence memories with paranormal aspects that apparently cannot be explained by childish fantasy. The anomalous phenomena mostly comprise extrasensory perception with one case involving psychokinesis. Such aspects are similar to and convergent with paranormal aspects of near-death experiences and point to a common, non-physical origin of both types of experiences.
From Trauma to Transcendence: Clinical Perspectives on an Evolutionary Process
Abstract: Trauma and dissociation play a decisive role in initiating spiritual experience. This article explores transformational crises and spiritually transformative experiences (STEs) that occur within the context of trauma, physical illness, and mental disorders. Such growth or transformation may be a natural evolutionary process, in which the defense mechanism of dissociation plays a part. Consciousness is challenged to transform when one's ego identity and defenses are threatened. Ultimately, one may arrive at a radically re-ordered conceptual framework and higher-order functioning. Acknowledgement of this evolutionary dynamic may serve as a bridge between two fields: clinical psychology, with its expertise regarding the effects of trauma, notably dissociative states, and transpersonal psychology, with its expertise regarding transformational processes. Research from both fields is explored, as well as case examples from the author's biography, her clinical practice, and the collective. The concept of functional dissociation is introduced, and clinical considerations are addressed.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Book Review: Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives
Review of a book titled "Brain Wars: The Scientific Battle Over the Existence of the Mind and the Proof That Will Change the Way We Live Our Lives" written by neuroscientist Mario Beauregard.
Dreams from Another Dimension?
Abstract: In 2015, I began communicating with an events planner for the U.S. Army who shared with me a series of anomalous dreams -- anomalous in the sense that the dreams usually contained specific names of deceased servicement previously unknown to her but known to an assistant chaplain with whom she worked. The goal of my ensuing case study research into this apparent episode of spontaneous mediumship was to collect these dreams, search for commonalities, and propose explanations for their anomalous aspects. Alternative explanations included fraud, faulty memory, coincidence, and telepathy or some other form of remote perception. None of these alternatives explained these anomalies as well as what the experiencer herself proposed: that the deceased themselves had successfully communicated with her during her nighttime dreams.
Explaining Near-Death Experiences: Physical or Non-Physical Causation?
Article discussing current research and possible causes of near-death experiences, comparing the hypotheses regarding physiological causes (e.g., neural circuitry) and non-physical causes (e.g., a separation of consciousness).
Differentiating Spiritual and Psychotic Experiences: Sometimes a Cigar Is Just a Cigar
This article discusses spiritually transformative experiences and how they differ from psychotic experiences, including the context, content, how the experience is remembered, and effect on the individual.
The Healing Power of Extraordinary Spiritual Experiences
Abstract: Extraordinary spiritual experiences (ESEs) events that appear to be direct perception of spiritual facts, have a history in Western societies of being stigmatized and pathologized except within very limited religious contexts. That negative view has caused real harm to many "visionaries." But in the latter 20th century, social science research began to show that ESEs are actually common in the general population and that they are normal. Near-death experiences are a well-known example. The growing body of research literature suggests that many conventional theories about spirituality are empirically mistaken and that ESEs may have the potential to be powerfully health promoting. This emerging evidence creates both a great ethical obligation and a research opportunity.
Extended Abstract: Assisted After-Death Communication: A Self-Prescribed Treatment for Grief
Brief paper discussing the use of induced after-death communication to help resolve grief.
Book Review: Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts that Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife
Review of a book titled "Revealing Heaven: The Eyewitness Accounts that Changed How a Pastor Thinks About the Afterlife" written by John W. Price, an Episcopal priest, about his experiences with parishoners' accounts.
Book Review: The Afterlife Explorers, Volume 1: The Pioneers of Psychical Research
Review of a book titled "The Afterlife Explorers, Volume 1: The Pioneers of Psychical Research" written by psychic phenomena research Michael Tymn.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Extended Abstract: After-Death Communication: Parents' and Their Children's Understanding and Meaning-Making
Brief paper discussing after-death communication with children and how it affects their relationships with their parents.
Book Review: Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything
Review of a book titled "Why Science is Wrong...About Almost Everything" by entrepreneur Alex Tsakiris.
Extended Abstract: The Healing Power of an Alternative Supportive Community for Spiritual Seekers
Brief paper discussing the Holistic Options for People Everywhere (HOPE) organization and its goals to assist people who have spiritually transformative experiences and to educate the broader community about assiting expereiencers.
Shedding Light on the Tunnel and Light in Near-Death Experiences: A Case Study
Partial abstract: In this article, we present a case study of an adult male who experienced both gravity induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC) as a Korean War aviation cadet, including narrowing of his visual field to a point of light and also two subsequent transpersonal experiences -- a near-death experience (NDE) and an after-death communication (ADC) -- that both included a tunnel-and-light feature. His Near-Death Experience Scale scores for each experience and his comparison of the qualia of these experiences provide unique evidence in the debate about the nature and likely origins of such experiences. These data place more weight on the argument that the tunnel and light in transpersonal experiences cannot reasonably be attributed to loss of oxygen in the brain.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Book Review: Opening Heaven's Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death and What Comes After
Review of a book titled "Opening Heaven's Door: Investigating Stories of Life, Death and What Comes After" written by author and journalist Patricia Pearson
Of Love and Light: A Case Report of End-of-Life Experiences
Abstract: Unusual occurrences at the end-of-life have been reported anecdotally over centuries yet have only recently attracted increased academic attention. Recent studies suggest commonality to end-of-life experiences (ELEs), which can be broadly categorized into six types. ELEs are relatively common, frequently occurring in terminally ill and palliative patients. They also reportedly have positive effects on the dying, facilitating more peaceful deaths. We present a case report of the death of a woman of Cook Island Maori and New Zealand Maori descent who died from cancer, as retrospectively reported by her husband. The case is interesting due to the number of ELEs occurring for the dying as well as significant others during the period leading up to, at the moment of, and after her death. The case is discussed in relation to previous findings on ELEs and resulting implications for enhancing understandings of the dying process and consciousness.
Integrating Spiritual Experiences: Peaks to Plateaus
Abstract: This article provides a distilled sketch of my observations of three general phases in a process of integrating spiritually transformative experiences (STEs). The process may be thought of as both marking development over time as well as being microgenetic, spiraling through phases in brief moments. In addition, three forces activated in an STE -- transcendence, communion, and destruction -- as well as challenges frequently associated with these types of experiences are described with brief case examples as they manifest across the three phases. Awareness of these phases, along with their overriding questions and challenges, provides an open-ended framework for helpers to use in assisting the spiritual experiencer toward integration.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "End-of-Life Experience of Famous Artist J. M. W. Turner."
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.
Letter to the Editor
Letter written to the editor of the Journal of Near-Death Studies on the topic "Trans-Material References in Victor Frankl."
Editor's Foreword
Editorial statement introducing the contents of the journal issue and providing other relevant notes.