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CHCI Playdate — VT150: Visualizing Virginia Tech History

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As VT prepares for its 150th anniversary in 2022, the VT150: Visualizing Virginia Tech History team is experimenting with creative technologies to bring the university’s past to life. Projection mapping, digital exhibits, documentary video, and extended reality provide new ways of exploring overlooked topics like Hokie women, student protest, and Black student life. A major strand of our work focuses on the hidden histories of Solitude, the oldest building on campus. Using wearable AR technology, we employ interviews with descendants of enslaved people, virtual tour guides, 19th-century documents, historical photos, and 3D building recreations to enable visitors to explore different layers of the past in this one place--the epicenter of the university's history. Working under the auspices of the Council on VT History, our student-faculty team brings together research questions and methods from Computer Science, History, Visual Arts, the Library, and Education. Find out more at

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Speaker: Paul Quigley and members of the Visualizing VT History team
Date: November 13, 2020
Time: 9am est