Greetings HASTAC Community!
I’m very excited to join y’all on this exploration of the digital humanities, and reading about how scholars from all over are using technology for their research has already been enlightening. Before I outline what I hope to contribute to this community, let me tell you a bit about myself.
My name is Zoe LeBlanc and I’m currently a second year graduate student in the doctoral program of Vanderbilt University’s History Department. My research focuses on twentieth century diplomatic history of the Middle East, Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States. I’m originally from Toronto, Canada and completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. When not hunting down government documents or butchering the Arabic language, I spend most of my time surfing the interwebs. In fact this is partially why I’m so excited to join the HASTAC community, the aimless hours spent creeping blogs and news sites finally has been given a purpose, in fact it’s really more of a mission. I want to learn about how graduate students in the humanities are teaching with/through technology.
I’ve been awarded the great privilege of working with Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching and its fearless leader, Derek Bruff. Both the Center and Derek are great resources and I would encourage others interested in this topic to follow them on twitter @vandycft and @derekbruff. I will also be re-tweeting many of their posts so follow me too @Zoe_LeBlanc.
While calling for more integration of technology in the classroom at times seems like a platitude, I believe that a big component of digital humanities is using the digital world to instruct and interact with students. Therefore, I hope to use this blog to both discover and report on innovative teaching occurring at Vanderbilt, as well as reach out to YOU, fellow HASTAC scholars! If you are using technologies in the classroom and want to share your experience, please feel free to contact me or comment on my blog posts.
I look forward to exploring this new frontier together.