DH@CC Spring Symposium Meeting December 19, 2014

Spring Symposium Meeting December 19th from 11am to 12:30pm

Overall major topics discussed:

  • The Spring Symposium will act as an inaugural event—an announcement to the community that the Mellon DH grant has been initiated. Conversation is the focus of the symposium to answer the larger question of what DH is and to educate members of the community about how this might improve their work.
  • We do not need to keep the focus completely on the term DH. The focus can be more open: digital projects, digital methods, digital resources for humanities work. Keeping the conversation open will allow more individuals the space needed to feel comfortable in the space of DH.
  • It is important for us to focus on humanities within this effort, and not just building new digital tools or spending the money on the usual tech-centered activities like mapping and data mining. It is important for us to ask political questions and highlight tool use as there will be an audience for both. There are two focuses, then: Humanities/Humanist work and tools.
  • We will consider a keynote speaker who asks big questions regarding the political, the humanities.
  • We will do an unconference for the all day event: The morning will be a series of speakers, some of whom will demonstrate their digital humanist work. The afternoon will be a break-out session determined through feedback given after the lunch break by those who participated in the morning.
  • The 4 themes of the Spring Symposium: Pedagogy, The Humanities, DH, and tools
  • So that we don’t overwhelm the morning event, there will be an opening speech on DH (Miriam     Posner) in the founder’s room, and then 3 simultaneous panels to follow. These panels will be themed with one of the 4 themes previously mentioned; Pedagogy, The Humanities, Tools.
  • The Spring Symposium will take place over two days: Keynote event on Wednesday, February 18th in the evening at Rose Hills, Pomona Campus (to be confirmed) and Friday, February 20th all day panels in the Honnold Mudd Library. We may be using HM’s Lecture Capture to share the event.
  •  Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 from 7-10pm: Keynote Lecture at Rose Hills, Pomona
  • Friday, Feb. 20, 2015:
    • Plenary 9 a.m. – DH (field of study)
    • Session 1 – 10 a.m.: Humanities (Bigger than DH; critical thinking; liberal arts)
    • Session 2 – 11 a.m.: Pedagogy
    • Session 3 – 12 noon: Tools
    • LUNCH 1-2 p.m: The library will present “Best Practices”
    • Unconference 2-4 p.m.

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