Photos, survey, and hashtag goodness

THATCamp 2016 Board
And so concludes our fourth THATCamp Boise State. We hope you got to meet some great people, enjoyed the tasty food and conversations, and helped celebrate the Humanities with discussion, idea-sharing, and dreaming big on how to make our society better and more inclusive.

If you used Twitter, you can check out the THATCamp hashtag for the backchannel on those conversations you might have missed:

We also have a small gallery of photos from the event at

Finally, please fill out this short (really, really short) and anonymous survey:

Your feedback is extremely important and will help us make future THATCamps at Boise State better for all involved.

We hope to see you next year!

Alicia, Francisco, & Memo

Session Proposal–On organic, breathing info management

I propose a session on organic, breathing info management: how can I build a database in which

1. a lot of people can upload and refresh information on a regular basis from anywhere they wish,
2. and their info goes into ‘cool storage’ if they haven’t touched it in, say, a year; and all the way out of the system in two years?

I envision this as leaves on a tree; each person is a green leaf. The leaf turns yellow and then drops off if the leaf stops talking to the tree.

Pei-Lin Yu

Session proposal–Digital Humanities: Building Social Networks and Capacity in Idaho

From: Marc Smith et al., Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community

Brief presentation on the methods of social network analysis articulated in the article above and
brief presentation about social network visualization as a tool for historical study.

Small group discussion/brainstorming session:
Digital humanities tools have the potential to create communities of discourse, and to enhance
advocacy and action.  In a small group setting a discussion of the state of the humanities in Idaho
can lead to establishing working groups, objectives and strategies for future activity.

In preparation I have created a survey that may be filled out before, during or after
THATCamp BSU, and its data examined during and after the conference.

Link to survey:

Lawrence Shapiro

THATCamp Boise State: food, parking, & swag

THATCamp Boise State is next week (Feb. 13th!) and we’re super excited to make this event a reality. Here are some housekeeping items to prepare you for this unconference:

THATCamp will take place in the Student Union building from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you haven’t registered you need to show up a little earlier. Our main staging area will be the Hatch ballroom, with additional rooms for breakout sessions in the Ah Fong, Alexander, Boyington, and Cataldo rooms. A map of the Student Union floor plan can be found here.

There will be projectors and a laptop for our speakers in the Hatch ballroom. Breakout session rooms have TVs to plug and play. It’s a good idea to bring your own laptop, tablet or device (and cables!). And dress comfortably!

We’ll feed you breakfast and lunch. If you have any dietary restrictions please let us know at .

Assorted pastries, individual cereal cups, milk, bananas, granola, individual yogurt cups with fresh seasonal sliced fruit. Coffee, hot tea, ice water, and assorted juices.

California Turkey with vegetables on multi grain bread.
Grilled chicken club with bacon, lettuce and tomato on toasted 12 grain bread.
Roast beef and cheddar on ciabatta.
Greek salad wrap with crumbled feta, black olives, fresh cucumbers, plum tomatoes and red onions.
Greek penne salad, kettle potato chips, cookies, ice water, and lemonade.

Parking will be in the Lincoln Avenue Garage, next to the Student Union building. Parking will be free. You will be emailed a code to use at that location.

Registered members will receive a swanky THATCamp Boise State 2016 travel mug. I’ve seen them on eBay selling for millions of dollars. You’ll get one if you register. Your friend will get one, too, if they register.

Questions? Concerns? Let us know via email, Twitter, or post it on our Facebook event page. The hashtag is #thatcampbsu.

Proposal: Creating a Vibrant Chess Community

Creating a vibrant scholastic chess community.

I propose a MAKE session. I will lead a small group to collaborate on ways to make Boise
a vibrant scholastic chess community. Our objective would be to produce a draft document that
outlines action items that would make Boise the most chess friendly scholastic community in the northwest.

The theme of THATCamp Boise is “Access, Empowerment, and Expression.” The game of chess is empowering and encourages expression – yet there are barriers to access. Having an active chess scholastic chess community produces some amazing results. By outlining a theory of change, identifying barriers, and brainstorming solutions, Boise can become a model scholastic chess community.

-Richard Mussler-Wright -Longfellow Chess Coach


Who organized THATCamp Boise State?


THATCamp Boise State 2013 schedule, created on the spot. Use #thatcampbsu to tag your experience at this year’s THATCamp.

2016 marks the fourth THATCamp Boise State.  This is a grass roots event put together by three individuals who work on campus: Dr. Alicia Garza, World Languages department; Francisco Salinas, Director of Student Diversity and Inclusion; and Memo Cordova, associate professor/librarian at Albertsons Library.

We couldn’t put THATCamp together without the financial support of the university Provost, the College of Arts & Sciences, the World Languages department, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Albertsons Library, and the Arts and Humanities Institute.

THATCamp Boise State is a labor of love for the humanities and for the people who come to these events: from educators and programmers, to historians and authors, and for anyone who shares a passion for teaching and learning where the humanities and technology are concerned–it’s a big field for sure. But THATCamp events thrive on the premise that the people who attend and participate in these events make them great.

THATCamp Boise State is collaborative, non-disciplinary, informal, spontaneous, productive, non-hierarchical, and a lot of fun. Parking will be free, there will be great food, and you will listen to dynamic speakers. All you have to do to make the rest of the unconference great is to teach/learn something, lead a discussion, solve a problem, keep an open mind, and have fun.

Questions? E-mail us at . We’re on Twitter at @ThatCampBSU and as an event on Facebook.

THATCamp Boise State theme

8700093610_0c8cbddf19_mlearning” by Anne Davis 773 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Our fourth THATCamp Boise State is on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Boise State University’s Student Union building. The theme is “Access, Empowerment, and Expression.”

Everyone is invited to this free event, with breakfast and lunch provided. If you’re an educator, developer, coder, geek, artist, student, historian, librarian, archivist, philosopher, actor, creative, etc., or just interested in the intersection of technology and the Humanities, then this un-conference is for you. Space is limited so please register here.

Parking will be free, too. Hope to see you on campus on 2/13!

We’re getting ready!

There’s a new THATCamp in the works for Boise! It will take place on Saturday, February 13th 2016. It will be at Boise State University in the Student Union building. It will be free and open to everyone, but registration is required.

Details are being finalized but we are excited to make this event a reality in Boise once again. In the meantime, read more about the THATCamp movement and browse other THATCamps at