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Digital Humanities Symposium held April 5 at Appalachian

BOONE—Appalachian State University’s Humanities Council will sponsor a daylong Digital Humanities Symposium on Friday, April 5. Symposium events begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Linville Falls Room in Plemmons Student Union. This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences.

View larger imageAndrew StaufferView larger imageGeorge H. WilliamsView larger imageTeresa Mangum

The symposium is free and open to the public; however, participants are asked to register to enable planning for refreshments and the reception. To register, visit For more information, visit

In addition to opening remarks from Dr. Anthony G. Calamai, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, the symposium will feature invited keynote speakers Dr. Andrew Stauffer, Dr. George H. Williams and Dr. Teresa Mangum, a faculty panel and a closing roundtable featuring all keynotes and panelists.

Stauffer is director of NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth Century Electronic Scholarship) and associate professor of English at the University of Virginia. His keynote is “Technologies of Memory: Approaching the Digital Humanities,” which begins at 9:45 a.m.

Williams is the co-founder and co-director of and associate professor of English at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Williams’s keynote is “The Question of Inclusion in the Digital Humanities.” His talk begins at 11:15 a.m.

An Appalachian alumna, Mangum is director of the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and associate professor of English and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at the University of Iowa. Mangum’s keynote, titled “Public Humanities in a Digital World: Creating a Culture for Collaboration,” begins at 3 p.m.

Three faculty members from Appalachian will participate on a panel at 1:45 p.m. about the digital humanities at the university. Rob Brown, associate professor of geography, will speak about “The Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans: Using the Archive of Americana in Historical Geography.” Jill R. Ehnenn, professor of English, will speak about “Evaluating Digital Scholarship: Some Considerations.” Wendy Winn, associate professor of English, will speak about “Digital Humanities: What’s in a Name?”

The Office of Academic Affairs will provide a networking lunch with the keynote speakers for 15 faculty, 15 graduate students and 15 administrators and staff.

Spaces for the luncheon are limited and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis by contacting Kim Q. Hall, professor of philosophy and Humanities Council coordinator, at Participants who don’t sign up for the luncheon should plan to have lunch on their own between symposium presentations. The symposium will be followed by a reception in the student union solarium.

Digital humanities is a new and growing humanities field that explores how computer technologies and web-based communication platforms can transform scholarship in the humanities and vice versa.

Digital humanities provides a unique platform for interdisciplinary collaborations between technology, humanities and the arts, science and social sciences. Through digital humanities, universities, museums, libraries and K-12 educators can form partnerships and provide increased access to the knowledge and skills that humanities scholarship offers for creatively and constructively addressing issues of vital importance in our world today.

The Humanities Council is supported by the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University. Its purpose is to enhance support for and recognition of humanities scholarship throughout the university and to encourage interdisciplinary research and communication among scholars from different areas of expertise.

Through its varied programming initiatives, the Humanities Council aims to promote understanding of work in the humanities and its important role at our university and in our world. The Humanities Council is a site where the values of interdisciplinarity and the liberal arts are promoted to the benefit of the university, its students, the region and world.