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Announcing the 2014-15 HASTAC Scholars

The Simpson Center has nominated ten graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars for the 2014-15 academic year, based on their advancement of digital scholarship at the UW.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, & Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how people learn, teach, communicate, and organize local and global communities.  It was created to look toward the future of higher education in a digital age with a three-pronged focus on new media and technologies, critical thinking, and participatory learning.

The HASTAC Scholars Program seeks to bring the innovative work and events taking place in the institutions, communities, and regions of HASTAC Scholars to the attention of the HASTAC network. As HASTAC Scholars, students represent their home institutions to the international consortium by participating in online intellectual dialogues and networking with scholars face-to-face to discuss theoretical, critical, and technical matters related to digital culture.

The 2014-15 UW HASTAC Scholars are:

  • Rachel Arteaga (English)
  • Alexandra Burgin (English)
  • Annie Fee (Comparative Literature)
  • Joshua Griffin (Anthropology)
  • Tiffany Grobelski (Geography)
  • Brian Gutierrez (English)
  • Verena Kick (Germanics)
  • Sarah Kremen-Hicks (English)
  • Tesla Schaeffer (English)
  • Peter Wallis (Education)

This year’s HASTAC Scholars have been involved with Teaching with Technology and Demystifying the Digital Humanities, projects funded through the Simpson Center, and some have participated in the Center’s summer Digital Humanities Commons fellowship program, as well as the Digital Humanities Summer Institute held annually at the University of Victoria. 

The Simpson Center is a sponsor of the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI). The program provides a dynamic environment for learning about the new computing and communication technologies that are transforming teaching, research, scholarly communication, and preservation. Applications for the 2015 Summer Institute are being accepted through October 13; click here for details.  

The Simpson Center’s Summer Digital Humanities Commons Fellowship program supports scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. Annually, four faculty and four dissertation research fellowships support members of the Digital Humanities Commons. The group meets weekly throughout the summer to discuss their digital projects in progress.

Teaching with Technology is a Graduate Interest Group that brings together teaching assistants from various departments to discuss and develop technology-based teaching tools and lessons. This group provides a platform for instructors with varying experience levels to collaborate on and workshop a pedagogical toolkit that brings technology—such as mobile devices, screen-capture software, social media, and blogging—into a variety of classroom settings. Teaching with Technology also seeks to engage with current conversations regarding the nature of effective pedagogy.

Now in its third year, Demystifying the Digital Humanities is a series of six workshops that presents a guided introduction to the points of intersection between traditional and digital humanities and identifies major digital humanities subfields and their goals. These workshops, led by graduate students, are geared toward UW scholars who are curious about digital humanities and interested in using digital humanities techniques but are not sure how to get started or are unclear about what digital humanities scholarship requires.

The Simpson Center is a leading member of HASTAC and has nominated graduate students to represent the UW in the HASTAC Scholars Program since its inception in 2008.