The value of building an infrastructure that gives all citizens access to the human record and the opportunity to participate in its creation and use is enormous."
This course will examine the intersections and encounters between two new strains of work in the Humanities: Public Humanities and Digital Humanities. While the latter focuses particularly on the ways in which digital technology can assist students of the arts and humanities in understanding the traditional subjects of their study, it is, like the Public Humanities, very much about engagement with the public sphere, and the communication of humanistic knowledge and perspectives. How can Digital Humanities help enable such public engagement? And how can Public Humanities inform the practices of digital humanists?
The course will have three components: a theoretical, classroom-
based examination of the theoretical intersections of Public and Digital Humanities, a praxis and technology component in which the students learn to use a multimedia story-building tool, and finally a community service learning component in which the students interact with elementary students to help them tell their own "stories" digitally, by means of a linked and networked "storybook" that is produced collaboratively by both course participants and the elementary school students.
Instructor: Mark McDayter
New ways of represent- ing our scholarship — integrating text, image, sound, and video — are emerg- ing, as are new ways of dissemi- nating it to ever broader publics."
Week 3 — Focus upon Digital Humanities. What are the intersections between Digital Humanities and Public Humanities?
Week 4 — Focus upon Open Humanities. What does it mean to "democratize" the intellectual tools of the Humanities?
We want [students] to see and understand the persuasive power of technology and media, especially the power that flies beneath most people's radars."
Service learning is a powerful educational experience where interest collides with information, values are formed, and action emerges."
Week 7 — Introduction to Service Learning. Meeting the Students.
Weeks 8-12 — Field Work.
Week 13 — Course Wrap-up and Reflection.