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  • The Big Read@UCF




    Created in 2004, the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read offers grants to support innovative community reading programs designed around a single book. Over the last decade, the National Endowment for the Arts has funded more than 1,300 Big Read programs, providing more than $18 million in grants and reaching more than 4.8 million Americans. For the past two years, Keri Watson, an assistant professor of art history at the University of Central Florida, who specializes in Depression-era art and literature, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Big Read@UCF.

    The Big Read@UCF brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members to celebrate reading. In 2016 UCF partnered with the Seminole County Public Libraries, New Journey Youth Center, Aspire, Valencia Community College, Seminole State College, the city of Eatonville, and Midway Safe Harbor Community Center to host programming centered on Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God. This year, UCF is focusing on John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and partnering with Seminole County Public Libraries, the Farmworker Association of Florida, the Orlando Coalition for the Homeless, Hope CommUnity Center, LIFE at UCF, Orlando City Hall, Crealdé School of Art, the Maitland Art Center, and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

    Interested in participating in the Big Read@UCF or hosting a Big Read in your community? Come to discuss and learn more about the NEA Big Read.

  • Talk Session: Stop, Collaborate & Listen


    As someone that is new to this field, I’m particularly interested in discussing and sharing ideas that have helped you (as a DH enthusiast/librarian/coordinator/faculty member) cultivate habits of mind that encourage collaboration with, and across different knowledge bases. Have you incorporated collaboration into your pedagogical structure as a learning objective or do you see collaboration as being an important part of digital pedagogy?

    I would love to hear from anyone who is actively engaged with other members of their DH community on how they created that relationship and how they continue to build upon it. I would also love to hear from those who are just beginning to form those relationships. Did you find it difficult to reach out to other areas of scholarship? Do you find that having collaboration as a facet of digital pedagogy has improved your work/research/etc.?

  • What Should be in a Philosophy of Computing?


    The Obama administration and other groups have been calling for dramatic increases in computer science and technology education for American children, which requires a new generation of proficient and inspired educators. This implies making a sound connection between technology education and the humanities. Other universities have courses addressing computer ethics, the philosophy of technology, information, computer science, and so on, but nowhere is the philosophy of computing explicitly addressed as an academic subject. UCF can become a leader in this field by leveraging its excellence in digital humanities, especially its Texts and Technology program, in collaboration with its world class programs in engineering, computer science, simulation, and visual design, but first we have to consider what should be in it. For my THATCamp 2016 session, I will open with a proposed syllabus, and solicit discussion of potential objectives, topics, and their rationale.

  • UCF Library to host Research Lifecycle session


    The Research Lifecycle at UCF: Supporting Digital Humanities Efforts Throughout the Research Process

    The Research Lifecycle at UCF presents a unified model of campus-wide support and services available to UCF researchers. This model was designed by the UCF Libraries’ Research Lifecycle Committee with inspiration from OpenWetWare’s Research Cycle. This presentation aims to explore the services and resources that UCF Libraries currently provides to researchers, while exploring how digital humanities research, specifically, can utilize such tools.

  • University Press and Library Collaborations, including Books about Florida and the Caribbean


    Sharing about the new Mellon-funded project for University Press and Library collaboration on Books about Florida and the Caribbean. Full project proposal and description here:

    Abstract: In collaboration with the Florida Press and a humanities advisory board, the Smathers Libraries’ project team will make 30 out-of-print books freely available online and in electronic formats. The project team plans to complete the following deliverables: 1) secure rights and permissions for selected books about Florida and the Caribbean published by the UPF from 1968 to 1992; 2) digitize and distribute with Creative Commons-licensing for books in EPUB 3.0.1, PDF for print-on-demand, and Web PDF formats; 3) implement a marketing plan to broadly promote online availability of books to scholars, educators, students, and the general public; 4) engage an expert Advisory Board to prioritize selections and plan for promotional and educational programmatic opportunities for university press and academic library collaborations; and, 5) produce a white paper that documents processes, costs, and impacts for rights issues while serving as a guide for replicating the collaborative process for other university presses and academic libraries.

  • THATCamp Florida 2016


    Join us for THATCamp Florida 2016!

    THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp)  will take place on Thursday, February 18, 2016 on the University of Central Florida’s main campus in Orlando.

    The UCF History Department is proud to partner with the John C. Hitt Library and the UCF Center for Humanities & Digital Research in hosting THATCamp Florida 2016.

    Sessions will be held from 8:30am-5:00pm. There is no registration free, although donations of $10-$20 are suggested. Complimentary breakfast will be provided.

    Register today and propose your topic!


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