An Afro-diasporic Wikipediathon

Friday, April 21 | Jenness House, The Davis Center
Session I: 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Lunch (provided)
Session II: 1:30 pm–4:30 pm

Wikipedia is leading source of information for the estimated 50 million people who consult it daily. However, the crowd sourced digital encyclopedia reflects many of the systemic inequalities of the societies it serves, with some content, like entries on racial, religious, and/or sexual minorities, non-existent or at risk of deletion. Many scholars and students use information from Wikipedia to begin research, but few know how to contribute to the platform.

The Williams Community is invited to learn more about editing Wikipedia in the spring 2017 Sterling Brown public event: An Afro-diasporic Wikipediathon.

Participants will learn the technology of Wikipedia and how to add/edit content. Dr. Roopika Risam, Assistant Professor of English at Salem State University and co-founder of the Rewriting Wikipedia Project, will guide participants in learning the technologies and philosophies of editing Wikipedia. Newly trained users of the platform will also provide support throughout the day. Instruction will be available at the beginning of sessions I and II, so participants may attend either or both. Participants may come prepared with an entry they wish to edit/create, or just to learn the technology by working on suggested entries. Previous experience is not necessary, but please bring a laptop.

RSVP appreciated but not required. Please email Professor Kelly Baker Josephs ( to RSVP or request further information.

Sponsored by the Sterling Brown ‘22 Distinguished Visiting Professor endowment, the Africana Studies program, and the Dean of Faculty’s office.

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 9:30am

Jenness, Living Room

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Africana Studies


diversity, Africana Studies, wikipedia, Sterling Brown


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