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HASTAC Scholars Year in Review: 2015–2016

There were about 100 HASTAC Scholars this year. As our year is coming to an end, we have put together a showcase of everything the HASTAC Scholars have collaboratively done as a cohort so far this year.  HASTAC Scholars focused their efforts on two main projects this year: the University Worth Fighting For Initiative, and the HASTAC Interviews Collection.

University Worth Fighting For #fight4edu

Based on their prior success hosting interdisciplinary conversations around a given topic using Forums, the HASTAC Scholars launched reading group discussions for each topic in the University Worth Fighting For Initiative. Each one was lead by at least one HASTAC Scholar, who invite several guests who participate in the comments thread together with other visitors to the HASTAC website. This year, Scholars organized the following reading discussion groups:

  • Towards a Pedagogy of Equality, hosted by Danica Savonick (Futures Initiative Research Fellow, Doctoral Student in English at the CUNY Graduate Center, Teaching Fellow at Queens College) to consider how we can work not just towards an equitable classroom, but a more equitable world.
  • Peer Mentoring and Student Centered Learning Discussion, hosted by Hilarie Ashton (The Graduate Center, CUNY / Queens College), Rachel Oppenheimer (The Graduate Center, CUNY / LaGuardia Community College) and Natalie Oshukany (The Graduate Center, CUNY / City College) to explore the goals, costs, benefits, and challenges of peer mentoring and student-centered learning.
  • Teaching the Humanities as a Survival Skill, hosted by Mike Rifino (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Mirabeth Braude (Michigan State University, Writing, Rhetoric, American Cultures), James Hammond (University of Michigan, Joint Program in English and Education), Erin Parish (Duke University, Cultural Anthropology), and Kristopher Purzycki (University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies), to consider how the humanities and social sciences can promote student agency, especially for the new majority (i.e. underrepresented students).
  • On and Off the Tenure Track, hosted by Lisa Tagliaferri (The Graduate Center, CUNY), Reema Barlaskar (Wayne State University), Crystal Eddins (Michigan State University), Regina Duthely (St. John’s University), and Amanda E. Gray (The University of Texas at Austin) to explore how academic career tracks are changing; and the impact of an increasing number of postgraduates going into alt-ac or adjunct positions on academic research and the university landscape.
  • The Intersection of Open Scholarship + Social Justice, hosted by Alyssa Hillary (University of Rhode Island), Elizabeth Lieutenant (The Catholic University of America), Krystal Cooper (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Howard Fooksman (Michigan State University) to reflect on how we can encourage and support marginalized voices in the scholarly publishing practices, and how open access publications eliminate some barriers to academic publishing.

HASTAC Scholars also participated as discussion leaders in the Twitter Chat for Teaching as Social Justice. The Scholars discussion leaders were: Michael Dorsch (Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow and doctoral student specializing in geography in the Earth and Environmental Science Program at the Graduate Center, City University of New York), Ali Pearl (PhD candidate in English Lit with focus in Digital Humanities at the University of Southern California), and Anne von Petersdorff (PhD student in German Studies with a focus on Digital Humanities at Michigan State University)

HASTAC Interviews Collection

This year, HASTAC Scholars created a collection of interviews and profiles made by HASTAC Scholars to showcase Steering Committee members, who drive HASTAC intellectually, diversify its initiatives, provide a foundation for the dynamic HASTAC Scholars community, and support events and initiatives including the annual HASTAC conference. Here are the additional interviews that HASTAC Scholars added to the new HASTAC Interview Collection this year:

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