Digital Humanities in the Classroom 2023


Course Description:
How do we integrate DH into the classroom in ways that are substantive, critical, and inclusive? How do we navigate the always particular and often messy challenges posed by DH instruction? This course will focus on approaches to juggling curriculum, technology, assessment, and available resources — the how’s and why’s of DH pedagogy — considered as a whole.

Each day will pair classroom-tested tools with critical approaches, through reading, discussion, and hands-on exercises. Participants will also have the opportunity to develop and receive feedback on their own digital assignments. Core to our approach will be engaging issues of accessibility and sustainability as well as the political dimensions of our tools and infrastructure. Participants will learn about common tools for digital exhibits, web-mapping, data cleanup, and collaboration. In addition, participants will leave with concrete strategies for how to incorporate these tools into their own contexts and curricula.

Dorothy Berry is the Digital Curator for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She received her MLS from Indiana University, as well as an MA in Ethnomusicology from the same institution, following a BA in Music Performance from Mills College. Previously she worked as the Metadata and Digitization Lead for Umbra Search African American History at University of Minnesota, as a Mellon Fellow at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and also as a graduate assistant at the Black Film Center/Archive and the Archives of African American Music and Culture. She has areas of expertise in digital projects and African American special collections.

Roberto Vargas is the Research Librarian for Humanities & Interdisciplinary Studies at Swarthmore College. He is also responsible for supporting, developing and maintaining digital scholarship projects. Originally from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and now residing in Philadelphia, he moves from English to Spanish on a daily basis and from Mexico to the US regularly. He is interested in the careful and ethical use of technology.