Combining Technology and Humanities in the Digital Humanities Hub
November 8, 2019   //   By:   //   Campus & Community, Campus and Community

The Digital Humanities Hub, a space focused on integrating technology into humanities studies, was established at Elizabethtown College in 2018 due to a generous grant from the Andrew M. Mellon Foundation. The success of the hub has expanded immensely since its start, offering new spaces and equipment to help students, faculty, and staff in humanities studies. It has been utilized for personal work, classwork, and additional projects for SCAD, SCARP, and internships. “It is a space for collaboration and exploration,” Director of the Digital Humanities Hub, Carol Ouimet, said. “Many of the projects completed in the last two years have been interdisciplinary projects, some with students and faculty from different departments and a few with equipment borrowed from and lent to other offices on campus.” The hub is focused on enhancing the four Humanities programs here at E-town: History, Religious Studies, English, and Modern Languages.

“The mission of the Digital Humanities Hub is to expand the impact of the humanities disciplines, provide our students and staff with marketable skills, and to build a sense of community and collaboration,” Ouimet said.

Now expanded into a larger space in Wenger basement, the new Digital Humanities Hub is able to offer even more resources and space than it could before. It now provides students, faculty, and staff more access to equipment and space for various projects. There are multiple workspaces, a classroom, a lounge, an audio/video production room, and a student research room. Photography and video equipment can also able to be rented out. Rentable equipment includes Nikon DSLR cameras and lenses, JVC video cameras, camera accessories such as tripods, lens filters, and flashes, photo studio supplies such as a backdrop, a portable photo box, and a rotating display tray, and a 360 camera. There is also a printing and scanning station, a TV for presentations, microphones, and both Mac and PC computers.

An Open House will be held on Thursday, November 14 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. for the campus community to visit the new space, see past projects, and view the available equipment. It is open to all students, faculty, and staff. With so many options for spaces to work and equipment to use, there are many ways to use the Digital Humanities Hub to benefit your own studies and time here at E-town. Contact Carol Ouimet at ouimetc@etown.edu with questions about the Digital Humanities Hub or equipment and spaces available.

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