EUGENE, Ore. - Lane Community College has received a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities grant to host an Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institute July 13-17, 2015. Twenty-nine participants, including three from Lane, were chosen from a pool of more than 70 national applicants. Lane English faculty members Lynn Tullis, Drew Viles and Jennifer Von Ammon will join four other Oregon community college faculty at the institute. Digital methods, tools and practices for humanities teaching and scholarship have brought new relevance to the fields of history, English and writing, classics, and other humanities disciplines. It is hoped that the seven Oregonians will help build a statewide community of practice for digital humanities at community colleges nationwide.
A distinguished group of experts will facilitate discussions and coach participants throughout the week: Matthew K. Gold (Debates in the Digital Humanities), Jesse Stommel (Hybrid Pedagogy), Roopika Risam (Rewrite Wikipedia), Jake Agatucci (digital games culture instructor at Central Oregon Community College) and Ian Coronado (Lane media arts faculty and interim dean of academic technology). Lane writing faculty and digital storyteller Sandy Brown Jensen will lead participants in developing digital storytelling projects that capture their institute experience. Professor Marta Effinger-Crichlow, chair of the theater department at New York City College of Technology, will present the keynote on July 15 entitled, "Mapping Black New York," which will be open to the public.
Anne B. McGrail, English faculty member at Lane, will direct the institute. This institute for community college digital humanists joins a group of five other NEH institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities this year: "Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites," co-hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst and UCLA; "Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics," hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC; "Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice" at Michigan State University; "Scholarship in Sound and Image: A Workshop on Videographic Criticism" at Middlebury College in Vermont; and "Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities" to be held at Northeastern University, University of Texas, Austin, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Emory University.
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