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Creating Knowledge, Creating Bridges
Student and Faculty Showcase
Wednesday April 8, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Presentations
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Interactive Demos
Please RSVP by April 2 to Yarell Castellanos
Seating is limited. Parking instructions will be provided to confirmed guests.
Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served
Charles E. Young Research Library
What is Digital Humanities?
Digital Humanities (DH) is a university-wide initiative to re-conceptualize the liberal arts for the 21st century. Connecting disciplines across campus and creating bridges between the Humanities, Social Sciences and Computational Sciences, this initiative utilizes cutting-edge research to help bridge the quantitative and the qualitative, the theoretical and the practical, and the computational and the humanistic—leading the way to new forms of knowledge, new ways of learning, and new kinds of public spheres to help answer cultural, social, and historical questions as they relate to the human condition.
Digital Humanities at UCLA:
As the birthplace of the Internet and continuous groundbreaking innovations, UCLA is the natural home for the Digital Humanities. Distinguished faculty from across campus spearhead many prize-winning, digital initiatives that have gained significant public attention.
Humanities research and learning are the great enablers of human communication and intercultural understanding. Increasingly our communication takes place online and our cultural expressions are created in or migrated to digital formats. Our relationships with knowledge, technology, and society are being radically re-conceptualized. At UCLA, DH is instrumental in the development of digital literacy, which helps to create, apply, interpret, critically assess and disseminate new digital and information technologies, including multimedia and web-based content, algorithms and networks, code and platforms, interfaces, and data and databases. It is a form of scholarly innovation that positions the humanities in the center of interdisciplinary work.
Features of Digital Humanities:
- Global: DH is primarily web-based and accessible by the general public, worldwide.
- Timely and relevant: DH teaches students the critical thinking skills, media literacies, and technical knowledge necessary for success in today’s digital information age.
- Socially engaged: DH opens and extends the reach of the university by bridging diverse communities (museums, archives, historical societies, libraries, local communities, advocacy groups, nonprofits, and schools).
- Interdisciplinary and collaborative: DH-affiliated faculty at UCLA span over 20 different departments, five divisions/professional schools, and more than six core centers and institutes. These include Arts &Architecture, Social Sciences, Information Studies, Theater, Film & Television, the Center for Digital Humanities, Academic Technology, the UCLA Library, and the Ahmanson Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage.
UCLA currently offers a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities, an interdisciplinary Digital Humanities minor, and a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Digital Humanities. Support for Digital Humanities research at UCLA has come from a myriad of sources – from The Andrew W. Mellon to the National Science Foundation, to name a few.
The Digital Humanities at UCLA produces graduates who are technologically nimble, intellectually creative, analytically razor-sharp—and thoroughly equipped to lead and innovate throughout their lives.
The Student and Faculty Showcase will include brief presentations of current Digital Humanities projects. These projects range from “Twitter World Watcher – Harnessing Social Media to Track Events” to “The UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology” and “Romelab”.