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Previewing UMaine's Digital Humanities THATCamp: Surfacing

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Tomorrow morning will be the opening of Surfacing, Maine's first THATCamp, at the University of Maine!  I'm really excited to see what is going to happen because THATCamps are also unconferences – that is, we have some speakers and events planned but many of the topics we're going to be discussing will be determined by the people who attend.  It's a nice model for a technology camp because it means we get to focus on what people want to learn rather than what we want to teach them.

I'm going to be speaking at the convocation Monday morning about disruptive technologies in education with a particular emphasis on using badges to teach and learn.  I don't plan on a long talk because THATCamps are supposed to be more about doing than about talking; after my brief talk we're going to spend the rest of the week actually building new tutorials and badges that can be earned by completing them.  The topics are up to the attendees, but what we create is mostly going to be running on a video quiz systems created by UMaine Assoc. Prof. Jon Ippolito and my new OBI-compatible badge platform, PABO.  By the end of the week everyone will be able to benefit from what the conference attendees will be teaching each other!  I'll be sure to post links to the resulting tutorials here so you can all see what we come up with.

A few of the highlights from the scheduled portion of the conference include:

  • Monday, October 7, 11 a.m., Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall: Introductory presentation by Daniel Soucier (University of Maine), “Bringing Lost Historical Space into the Three-Dimensional Metaverse: Thoreau’s Walden in Second Life.”
  • Tuesday, October 8, 11 a.m.–noon., Bangor Room, Memorial Union: Nicole Starosielski (New York University), “Surface and Infrastructure: Mapping the Hidden Worlds of Undersea Cables.”
  • Tuesday, October 8, 4 p.m., Hill Auditorium: Eileen Joy, “The Assignable Nothingness of All Swerve and the Work of Adjacency.”
  • Wednesday, October 9, 10–11 a.m., IMRC, 104: Anne Goodyear (Bowdoin Art Museum), “Putting the Public back in Publication.”
  • Wednesday, October 9,  4–6 p.m., IMRC 112: Mary Erica Zimmer (Boston University), “Affordances of the Digital: Mapping, Modeling Texts, and Early Modern Digital Methodologies.”
  • Thursday, October 10, 11 a.m.–noon., Hill Auditorium: Keynote Address, Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia), “Technologies of Memory: The Troubled Archive of Nineteenth Century Literature.”
  • Thursday, October 10, 12:30–1:30 p.m., IMRC, Room 112: Ari Epstein (MIT), “Is It a Sorbet, or Is My Radio Broken?”




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