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Digital Humanities Scholar to speak at UGA

Athens, Ga. – Amanda French, coordinator for The Humanities And Technology Camp, or THATCamp, at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, will speak March 9 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries.

THATCamp is a user-generated “unconference” for technologists and humanities professionals, including university and college faculty, librarians and archivists, and museum staff. Participants set the agenda for work and conduct impromptu discussions. Held throughout the world, a THATCamp will be held March 10 and 11 at the Miller Learning Center at UGA.

“I consider myself a member of the community of practice known as the ‘digital humanities,’ which means I think hard about how the study of literature, history and philosophy has been, is being and might be changed by computers and the Internet. But I don’t limit myself to thinking; I get my hands dirty, thus causing some of the very change I think about in an inexcusable breach of objectivity,” French said.

Prior to joining George Mason, French was an assistant research scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where she helped develop a model digital curriculum and developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.”

The THATCamp concept was founded at George Mason University at the Center for History and New Media in 2008. Beginning in late 2009, THATCamps began to spring up in other locations in the U.S., Europe and Australia.

The UGA Professional Research and Development Committee is sponsoring the event, using funds from the W. Porter Kellam Library Enrichment Fund.