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Upcoming Events

Mellon Partners Symposium on Digital Humanities Research and Teaching
Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Berea College, Berea, KY

This one-day symposium is for faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students who are interested in opportunities for collaboration and networking with scholars at institutions belonging to the Mellon Partners for Education consortium. This workshop is comprised of events geared toward Digital Humanities and teaching at the Mellon Partners institutions, which include Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, and Tougaloo College. Each panel is put together with an eye toward familiarizing participants with teaching and digital humanities opportunities within the partner institutions, with plenty of built-in networking time. In particular, this symposium is also designed to introduce participants to the unique resources of Berea College, including their special collections on the history of Appalachia.


9:00Opening Remarks with Dean Bonnie Dow (Vanderbilt University) and Academic Vice President Chad Berry (Berea College)
9:15 – 10:45Session 1: Digital Humanities Skillshare for Digital Projects
11:00-12:30Session 2: Panel on Teaching at the Mellon Partner Institutions
1:30 – 3:00Session 3: Walking Tour of Berea College & Introduction to Special Collections
3:15- 4:45Session 4: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Presentations on Digital Projects
5:00Networking Reception

Past Events

Mellon Partners for Education Conference on Humanities Teaching for Underserved Populations
Thursday October 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt Center for Digital Humanities, 344 Buttrick Hall

This event is for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the humanities considering academic jobs at institutions which serve a wide variety of diverse populations. It will address teaching approaches, curriculum planning, institutional culture, and Digital Humanities research at various types of institutions that cater to underserved student populations. Mellon Partners for Education Postdoctoral fellows and their faculty mentors from Fisk, TSU, and Berea College will be in attendance to offer firsthand accounts and perspectives on what this career path looks like.


9:00 – 9:30Welcoming Remarks from Dean Bonnie Dow, Coffee & Pastries
9:30 – 10:30Session 1: Teaching Humanities Writing at the Undergraduate Level (Alex Oxner, CFT)
This session addresses approaches for writing education in the humanities at the undergraduate level, paying specific attention to ways in which humanities educators can make expectations for writing assignments clear, use their chosen fields and subject matter to teach humanities writing skills, and evaluation of these assignments.
10:30 – 12:30Session 2: Teaching Underserved Populations (Heather Fedesco, CFT)
This session addresses teaching at institutions that serve large numbers of minority students, including racial & ethnic minorities, undocumented students, first generation students, students from low-income backgrounds and other underserved populations. We will explore educator and student identities and ways in which educators can fit into the institutional culture of smaller liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs). This session will include a break.
12:30 – 1:30Lunch
1:30-3:30Session 3: Digital Humanities Pedagogy for Undergraduates Workshop (Derek Bruff & Kylie Korsnack, CFT)
This workshop explores the ways in which educators can incorporate Digital Humanities into their classes, and how to develop a Digital Humanities class, paying particular attention to doing such at institutions with limited resources and infrastructure. A portion of this workshop will be reserved for curriculum planning.
3:30-3:45Coffee Break
3:45 – 4:45Session 4: Developing Digital Research Projects (Mickey Casad, DH Center)
This session will discuss ways in which to carry out digital humanities research projects at underserved institutions. It will cover how to assess and fairly make use of an institution’s existing infrastructure, how to make sustainable contributions to your host institution, and how to include students in your research projects.