Digital History Lab

Programming Historian Seminar Series

Please join us for the first ever Programming Historian Seminar Series in the Department of History. The Programming Historian is for anyone in the humanities, broadly speaking, that wishes to increase their digital literacy and ability.

Together, all the attendees to the PHSS will learn a new, and accessible, programming skill each month.

All of our lessons will be pulled from To participate, all you need is your laptop and an hour of free time on campus.

Graduate students from the Faculties of Social Sciences, Humanities, and FIMS are all welcome.

While the PHSS is organised through the Department of History, the courses we will complete together are widely relevant to academics in a range of fields in the digital age. They will increase your ability to use digital tools to enhance your research potential, your employable skill-set, and your ability to critically engage with the digital world.

The PHSS will be a collaborative effort.

Attendees are welcome to drop-in and -out as their availability allows. Different individuals will act as facilitators in every meeting. If you would like to facilitate a meeting, please e-mail Carla Joubert ( Future meetings will focus on lessons chosen from by attendees and e-mailed to Carla.

First meeting

Date: Monday, 26 November 2018

Time: 3:30PM to 4:30PM (with an additional hour reserved, if needed)

Location:  Lawson Hall 2270C*

Content: We will do two Programming Historian lessons. The first one is “Python Introduction and Installation.” Please finish this lesson before our meeting if you can, however we will review it together when we meet, if needed. Our second lesson is “Understanding Web Pages and HTML.” This lesson will be the primary focus of our first meeting.

Second meeting

Date: Monday, 3 December 2018

Time: 3:30PM to 4:30PM (with an additional hour reserved, if needed)

Location:  Lawson Hall 2270C*

Our third lesson together will be “Working with Text Files in Python.” There will normally be more time between meetings, but this structure will help us find our rhythm as the series gets off its feet.

*Meeting location: We will meet in Lawson Hall, room 2270C. Lawson Hall is across from the UCC and the Social Sciences Centre. 2270C is across from the History Department main office, on the 2nd floor.

If you have any questions, please e-mail Carla Joubert at