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This event took place: November 8, 2017, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM CDT (UTC -5:00)
NMC Beyond the Horizon > Digital Humanities Today

The field of digital humanities (DH), which refers to the suite of digital and computational tools currently being used to advance scholarship in the humanities, is changing the way educators work. For example, DH enables the analysis of data in ways that were not possible without new technologies, including visualizing or manipulating texts to reveal patterns, the display of complex histories through interactive maps, the creation of 3D models to aid in the recreation of historical sites and artifacts, and much more.

Emerging Learning Design (ELD) and the NMC are facilitating an online panel discussion as a jumping off point for collaborative and ongoing efforts designed to advance the pursuit of pedagogy and research within this emerging area of scholarly activity. Join us as we examine digital humanities in today’s higher education environment.

AJ Kelton (Emerging Learning Design at MSU)
AJ Kelton, Director of the CHSS Center for the Digital Humanities, in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University in New Jersey, is involved in academic and emerging technology, digital humanities, social media, games, and virtual worlds for education and has presented on these topics both in the U.S. and internationally. AJ is the Executive Director of Emerging Learning Design (ELD), the chair of the 2017 OLC Collaborate with Emerging Learning Design annual conference, and Co-Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Emerging Learning Design. He is an ABD doctoral candidate in the Educational Communication and Technology program at New York University where his research is focused group formation and composition as a learning methodology.
Dene Grigar (Electronic Literature Organization)
Dene Grigar is Professor and Director of The Creative Media & Digital Culture Program at Washington State University Vancouver whose research focuses on the creation, curation, preservation, and criticism of Electronic Literature, specifically building multimedial environments and experiences for live performance, installations, and curated spaces; desktop computers; and mobile media devices. She has authored 14 media works such as “Curlew” (2014), “A Villager’s Tale” (2011), the “24-Hour Micro E-Lit Project” (2009), “When Ghosts Will Die” (2008), and “Fallow Field: A Story in Two Parts" (2005), as well as 52 scholarly articles. She also curates exhibits of electronic literature and media art, mounting shows at the Library of Congress and for the Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and the Modern Language Association (MLA), among other venues. With Stuart Moulthrop (U of Wisconsin Milwaukee) she is the recipient of a 2013 NEH Start Up grant to support the digital preservation of early electronic literature, a project that culminated in an open-source, multimedia book entitled Pathfinders and book of media art criticism, entitled Traversals, for The MIT Press. She is President of the Electronic Literature Organization and Associate Editor of Leonardo Reviews. In 2017 She was awarded the Lewis E. and Stella G. Buchanan Distinguished Professorship by WSU.
Adam Rzepka (Montclair State University)
Adam Rzepka holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Chicago. He is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Montclair State University, where he teaches Shakespeare and other early modern drama, early modern poetry, and critical theory. His research, on the Renaissance stage, the sciences of the soul, and the making of early modern experience, has produced aShakespeare Quarterly article on imagination in A Midsummer Night's Dream and forthcoming articles on apprehension in Hamlet and the kinetics of affect in Cambises. His book in progress is on the field and function of “experience” in early modern discourse and Shakespearean drama. Before coming to Montclair, Adam taught English at Stanford University's Online High School, and he remains actively engaged in digital humanities pedagogy and research. He is a founding member of the Faculty Advisory Committee for Montclair State's Digital Humanities Center.
Ethan Watrall (Michigan State University)
An anthropological archaeologist who has worked in North America and Egypt, Ethan Watrall is Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology (anthropology.msu.edu) and Associate Director of MATRIX: The Center for Digital Humanities & Social Sciences (matrix.msu.edu) at Michigan State University. In addition, Ethan is Director of the Cultural Heritage Informatics Initiative (chi.anthropology.msu.edu) and the Cultural Heritage Informatics Fieldschool (chi.anthropology.msu.edu/fieldschool) at Michigan State University.  Currently, Ethan is Co-PI of the NEH funded ARCS: Archaeological Resource Cataloguing System project, Director of the NEH funded Institute for Digital Archaeological Method and Practice,  Co-PI of the NEH funded Archive of Malian Photography project, and director of the mbira project (mbira.matrix.msu.edu).  Ethan’s interest primarily fall in the domain of digital public archaeology and heritage, with particular interest in mobile digital public heritage and digital heritage web mapping for public outreach and engagement. Ethan is co-editor of Archaeology 2.0: New Tools for Communication and Collaboration, an open access volume published by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press (https://escholarship.org/uc/item/1r6137tb)