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Roundtable Hosted by USC Shoah Foundation to Discuss Role of Technology in Teaching the Humanities

Professors from across the University of Southern California will come together for a roundtable discussion about the effect of new technologies on humanities classrooms, organized by USC Shoah Foundation and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.

Kori Street, director of education at USC Shoah Foundation, will moderate the panel. USC Center for Excellence in Teaching is co-sponsoring the event.

The discussion, “Finding the Human in Digital Humanities: How Many Bytes Does it take to Get to the Center?” will include three panelists from USC. James Collins is assistant professor of classics. Mark C. Marino is associate professor (teaching) of writing, director for the Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab and director of communication of the Electronic Literature Organization. Holly Willis is chair of Media Arts + Practice Division and director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy at USC School of Cinematic Arts.

In our current digital landscape, information is available at a much faster speed, from a larger variety of sources, and through new mediums. This availability of resources has changed not just the way society stays informed, but the way academic subjects are both explored and taught.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in the humanities, where new media has dramatically changed research and scholarship. The term “digital humanities” was coined a decade ago in acknowledgement of the influence of technological innovations on subjects of the humanities, and has since spread as a term incorporated by a growing number of departments, degree programs, research centers and academic journals in the humanities across the country. How does this reliance on digital sources change the way humanities are explored and taught in the classroom?

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