humanities

Digital Humanities: the power of the computer

Posted 2 weeks 1 day ago
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When Emily McGinn became the first Digital Humanities coordinator at UGA, one of her first tasks was introducing people to the concept of digital humanities and their implications for faculty research and teaching across the entire campus:

"Digital humanities involves using the power of the computer to aggregate humanities information. So, for instance, instead of reading one book, you can read 1,000 books at once," McGinn said. "It enables humanities scholars to ask different research questions about the material they're studying. I wouldn't be able to ask my own brain if I read 1,...

Study in a Second Discipline: Digital Humanities

Posted 4 months 2 weeks ago
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English Professor Roxanne Eberle has been awarded the opportunity to work in the Provost’s Office Study in a Second Discipline program to learn more about the methods, issues, and tools in the Digital Humanities:

The main focus of this endeavor is to gain skills in TEI and XML with the goal of creating a digital edition of Amelia Alderson Opie’s letters. Opie was a well-known poet, tale writers, and novelist, whose work appeared in print from 1790-1844. She was contemporaries with Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and Lord Byron.

This project stems from Eberle’s decades...

Teaching Media Literacy

Posted 5 months 1 week ago
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The vast, new tools at our disposal are requiring greater levels discernment in the use of media and in some cases, giving rise to new areas of study and instruction at the university level. The Chronicle of Higher Education published an interview this week with a professor who shared a list of unreliable news sites with her mass communication classes at Merrimack College, only to have the classroom discussion overtaken by events when a top search about the Presidential election signalled the arrival of the impact fake news. She then made her list public:

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STEM education and the humanities

Posted 6 months 1 week ago
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Scientific American weighs in on the tendency to prioritize STEM disciplines over the humanities and how Voltaire and Camus have an important role to play, especially in a high-tech future:

Promoting science and technology education to the exclusion of the humanities may seem like a good idea, but it is deeply misguided. Scientific American has always been an ardent supporter of teaching STEM: science, technology, engineering and mathematics. But studying the interaction of genes or engaging in a graduate-level project to develop software for self-driving cars should not edge out...

Faculty profile: Cecilia Rodrigues

Posted 6 months 3 weeks ago
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Curriculum coordinator of the UGA Portuguese Flagship Program Cecilia Rodrigues is the subject of a Columns profile this week:

A scholar in her third year at UGA with an affinity for travel, language and culture, Rodrigues is in many ways the perfect ambassador for the international career opportunities students unlock by adding language skills to their academic training.

Rodrigues, a native of the northeastern Brazilian state of Ceara, first came to the U.S. as an exchange student. After completing her undergraduate degree at the Federal University of Ceara, she returned to...

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