4Humanities@NY6 – Union College hosts “Defining and Framing the Humanities Today”

Union College to host “Defining and Framing the Humanities Today” public forum Alan Liu
Union College will host a half-day public forum on the arts and humanities on Monday, Feb. 10.  Titled    “Defining and Framing the Humanities Today,” the forum is sponsored by 4humanities@NY6, an initiative of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium.

The forum kicks off a series of events meant to advocate and showcase the arts and humanities in upstate New York and particularly in the New York Six. Keynote speaker is Alan Liu, professor of English at the University of California and director of 4humanities. Prof. Liu will give a presentation on Values, Strategies, and Technologies for Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age. He will also lead a workshop discussion on “The Heart of the Matter” report, which was produced by the American Academy of Arts & Science’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. The goal of the discussion will be to outline the report’s structure, raise awareness of specific issues and proposals and discuss possible contributions.

The forum, which is open to the public, will be held in the historic Nott Memorial at Union College. The agenda is as follows:

Noon -12:50 p.m.   Meet and greet over light lunch
1 – 1:15 p.m.            Introductions
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.      Professor Alan Liu: “Values, Strategies, and Technologies for Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age.”
2:15-2:30 p.m.        Short break with coffee and pastries
2:30 – 4:30 p.m.    Workshop discussion on “The Heart of the Matter.” Moderated by Alan Liu.

Heart of the Matter

For those of you who cannot attend in person, this event will be streamed to the NY6 schools. If you are interested in watching the event streamed, please contact your ITS representative.

For more information and to RSVP by February 5th, contact Christine Henseler, Union College, at henselec@union.edu or at 518-388-8021. Questions can also be directed to Janet Simons, Hamilton College, at jsimons@hamilton.edu or 315-859-4424

We look forward to welcoming you to this exciting event,

Christine Henseler & Janet Simons

The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, which includes Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, and Union College, facilitates collaboration among its member institutions in fulfilling their educational missions and serving the public good. Through the sharing of expertise and resources, the consortium enhances options for students, faculty and staff while reducing colleges’ individual and collective operating and capital costs.

About Janet Simons

Janet Thomas Simons co-directs the Digital Humanities initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College with Angel David Nieves. Her responsibilities include oversight and direction of the daily activities of the DHi to develop a collaborative community in which creativity, technology, and innovation lead to new methods of research, learning, and publication. This includes strategic planning in the use of technology, collaboration on grant proposals and budgets, management and communication of DHi projects, and creation of direct connections between DHi projects and the curriculum. She is engaged in faculty outreach and development; course design; identification and research of technologies appropriate to research projects and learning goals; and coordination of academic support services to meet teaching, learning, and research needs. Janet's most recent activities include research and development of sustainable digital scholarship infrastructure and models for support of digital humanities research projects at liberal arts institutions. Janet has presented regionally and nationally on: digital humanities, learning design, collaboration, media scholarship, and models for digital scholarship including presentations at EDUCAUSE's national conference; NERCOMP's annual conference and SIG events; ELI's annual conference; and NITLE's annual IT Leaders and Summit conferences. Janet has co-authored articles in Academic Commons, the Journal of Political Science Education, and in Educause Quarterly on the NITLE-funded Media Scholarship in the Liberal Arts project with Colgate and St. Lawrence Universities. Janet holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Prior to coming to Hamilton College ten years ago, she taught undergraduate biology courses at the University of New Orleans.

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