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Welcome to the impressive cohort of HASTAC Scholars from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign who join our amazing cohort of over 100 HASTAC Scholars from over forty institutions.    


This is our second year with a HASTAC Scholars Program and we are experimenting with many different forms.   One of our rules is that any university with more than five Scholars has to have its own local director to mentor the scholars, provide a local network, and maximize face-to-face interactions.  When we developed this plan at the HASTAC Steering Committee in April, Kevin Franklin, one of HASTAC's founding members and Executive Director of I-CHASS at UIUC, asked what if one university wanted to have a whole "class" of scholars, 20 or more.  Our answer:  we don't know the answer!   Let's try it. 


As a vibrant network always trying new things proposed by our leaders (and those who propose new things can become leaders in HASTAC), this is worth a try.  We'll be reporting back periodically this year about how the local UIUC group is doing and I'm sure they will be reporting on our website as well.


One other idea we are playing with is having whole courses designated "HASTAC Courses."   So, for example, my class "This Is Your Brain on the Internet" could be designated a HASTAC Course.  My students would blog about our progress throughout the course.   Or two or three profs at different universities might want to teach the same course, same topic, and let their students network with one another as part of a HASTAC Course Network.


Finally, a topic near and dear to our collective HASTAC heart, is digital access, digital literacy, and digital divide.   What if HASTAC moved off the website and into communities, making economic and technological development as part of literacy and access issues another function of one group of HASTC Scholars?  How do you move from a virtual network to a social network doing work in communities?  What is the relationship between those two?


What other ideas to you have for taking our program to the next level?  Our fearless and courageous HASTAC Scholars Director, Fiona Barnett, would be especially grateful if you posed your ideas publicly.  Please use the comment section on this blog for any ideas and we hope others will comment on them as they come.



In the meantime, WELCOME UIUC HASTAC Scholars.  We can't wait to hear about what you do this year, we're excited for this experiment in "virtual face-to-face networking."  

Below is the press release from UIUC.




The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Science (I-CHASS) is delighted to announce the 2009-2010 University of Illinois Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technology, Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC: Scholars.  The HASTAC Scholars fellowship program recognizes graduate and undergraduate students who are engaged in innovative work across the areas of technology, the arts, the humanities, and the sciences that have been nominated by University of Illinois faculty.


The University of Illinois 2009-2010 Scholars are:
Derek Attig, Department of History
Patrick Berry, Department of English
Amber Buck, Department of English
Steven Doran, Institute for Communications Research
Damian Duffy, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Bonnie Fortune, School of Art & Design
Mark Fredrickson, Department of Political Science
Jennifer Guiliano, Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
Andrew Jones, Department of History
Michelle Kleehammer, Department of History
Jeffrey Kolar, School of Fine and Applied Arts
Ryuta Komaki, Institute for Communications Research
Jenni Lieberman, Department of English
Fengge Liu, Department of Landscape Architecture
Safiya Noble, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Samuel Oehlert, Department of History
Sarah Roberts, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Karen RodriguezG, Department of History
Pongsakorn "Tum" Suppakitpaisarn, Department of Landscape Architecture
Michael Verderame, Department of English

Scholars act as the eyes and ears of HASTACs virtual network, bringing the work happening on the University of Illinois campus and in their disciplines to international attention. The Scholars will spend the year as part of a virtual community of students creating, reporting on, blogging, vlogging, and podcasting events and scholarship for an international audience on the HASTAC website. Scholars will work together to facilitate the growth of digital disciplines on the Illinois campus via outreach and development efforts.

To learn more about the HASTAC Scholars program and to read the on-going blogs and efforts of the University of Illinois scholars, please visit:
The Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Science is pleased to recognize the 2009-2010 sponsors of the University of Illinois HASTAC Scholars program:
Emerging Digital Research and Education in Arts Media Institute (eDream)
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
Illinois Stem Education Initiative
Office of Cybereducation at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Office of International and Campus Relations at National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Advanced Research and Technology Collaborative for the Americas

For more information, please contact Jennifer Guiliano at (217) 244-1096.

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1 comment

It is great to represent UIUC here!! =)