In 2014, the five undergraduate colleges of the Claremont University Consortium—Pomona, Claremont McKenna, Scripps, Harvey Mudd and Pitzer College—received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen and expand digital humanities (DH) teaching and scholarship across the Claremont Colleges and beyond.
The emerging field of DH studies the interactions between literature, art, performance, history, electronic media, data analysis and new technologies, placing these interactions at the center of humanities research and pedagogy and deepening our understanding of human culture. The digital humanities initiative will focus on four areas aimed at creating a collaborative, vibrant DH community at the colleges: summer training institutes; digital course development; a new collaborative digital research studio; and community programming.
Spring 2017 will offer many opportunities to take your knowledge of DH and technical skills to new levels. Here is just a sampling of the programs the team has planned:
- Monthly speaker series, beginning in February
- Bi-weekly, text analysis reading group, beginning Friday, January 13 @ 2:00-3:00pm (email Ashley for more information). The “syllabus” is available at: http://ashleyrsanders.com/text-analysis-reading-group-syllabus/
- Intro to DH 6-week short course, Tuesdays & Thursday 12:00-1:15, February 27 – April 13. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/IntroToDH
- DH Spring Symposium that focuses on “Critical DH,” Friday, April 7
- Digital Skills Workshop Series: Offered at various times in the Digital Tool Shed. Check out the calendar of offerings at: http://claremont.libcal.com/calendar/libraryworkshops
- DH Summer Institute: May 22-26. The institute will offer 3-4 intensive workshops on the following methods – GIS, Text Analysis, Data Visualization and/or Digital Storytelling. More information to come soon!
As in the past, we will continue to offer DH project consultations, but now with an expanded team of experts! This past year, six Digital Scholarship Fellows joined our team with expertise in everything from media editing to programming in Python and R. If you’d like to meet with one of the team members to discuss your project idea, just fill out project intake form, available at: http://libguides.libraries.claremont.edu/DigitalToolShed/Consultations.