Designed to nourish what Tad Suiter (“Why “Hacking?”” from Hacking the Academy) calls the hacking ethos–“learning about and improving highly complex systems”–this Institute values honest, playful inquiry, rigorous thinking within and beyond disciplinary boundaries, open-ended collaboration, problem-solving, and reflective analysis while creating and building.  Some sessions include 30-minute informal presentations, followed by 30-minute discussion/reflection periods.

 July 16 (Monday) and July 17 (Tuesday) day-long sessions at Wishcamper 102.

July 18 (Wednesday) and July 19 (Thursday) are open-ended, as participants work on their own or meet as a group to assess digital tool, select a few, develop course assignments and rubrics. The Computer Lab in Luther Bonney 202 is reserved for these days.

On July 20 (Friday), participants convene in Wishcamper 102 to share assignments and rubrics, and end with a final session on how the Digital Humanities can contribute towards broadening the power, appeal, and role of the arts and humanities in public culture.

Primary texts

Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt’s Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities
Cheryl Ball, Jennifer Sheppard, and Kristen Arola’s Writer/Designer: A Guide to Making Multimodal Projects (2nd edition)
Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross’ Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Educators, and Students

Session Presentations

John Muthyala: “Digital Humanities: Histories, Orientations, Possibilities.”

Daniel J. Cohen and Tom Scheinfeldt, “Preface.”
Tad Suiter, “Why “Hacking””? (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Matthew Gold and Lauren Klein, Day of DH: Defining the Digital Humanities,” Part I: “Defining the Digital Humanities,” Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012)
Meredith Hindley, “Rise of the Machines: NEH and the Digital Humanities: The Early Years.
Matthew Kirshenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
Lev Manovich, “What is New Media” from The Language of New Media
Adeline Koh, “A Letter to the Humanities: DH Will Not Save You”

Jessica Ouellette, “Digital Rhetoric and Multimodality”

Mark Sample and Kelly Schrum, “What’s Wrong with Writing Essays: A Conversation”
Larry Cebula, “How to Read a Book in One Hour” (both from Hacking the Academy)
Ryan P. Shepherd, “Digital Writing, Multimodality, and Writing Transfer: Crafting Connections Between Composition and Online Composing” (Computers and Composition, Vol. 28 (2018).
Dawn S. Opel and Jacqueline Rhodes, “Beyond Student as User: Rhetoric, Multimodality, and User-Centered Design,” (Computers and Composition, Vol. 28 (2018).
Anne Francis Wysocki, “The Multiple Media of Texts: How Onsreen and Paper Texts Incorporate Words, Images, and Other Media,” (What Writing Does and How It Does It)

Misty Krueger, “Digital Hackathon”

Michael Wesh, “From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able”
Jeff McClurkin e al, “Digital Literacy and the Undergraduate Curriculum”
(both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross, “Designing Classroom Activities,” (Chapter 5) and “Creating Digital Assignments,” (Chapter 7), Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Educators, and Students

Jan Piribeck, “Digital Art and Community Engagement”

Stephen Ramsay and Adam Turner, “Interdisciplinary Centers and Spaces”
Tim Carmody, “The Trouble with Digital Culture” (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Maine Arts Commission, “Community Character: How arts and cultural strategies create, reinforce, and enhance sense of place

Kristen Case and Stephen Grandchamp, “Digital Humanities and the New Public  

John Unsworth, “The Crisis of Audience and the Open-Access Solution”
Daniel J. Cohen, Stephen Ramsay, and Kathleen Fitzpatrick, “Open Access and Scholarly Values” (both essays from Hacking the Academy)
Advocating for the Humanities,
New Commons Project


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