We’re all basking in the afterglow of a fabulous #HASTAC16 conference. Thank you again Michael Simeone and the team at Arizona State University! Now, we’re all preparing for a quieter summer. The HASTAC team will be on hiatus while we’re conducting our search for our new HASTAC program coordinator. We’ll be keeping up basic site functionality, of course. This is the final newsletter until Fall. Happy summer, everyone!
The HASTAC 2016 Conference was filled with exciting sessions, news, and activity, including one crucial announcement: HASTAC is looking for a new institutional partner to assume a fiscal, administrative, and leadership role co-directing HASTAC’s vibrant 14,000-member network and its incomparable digital assets.
In collaboration with a team at the Graduate Center (CUNY), our new partner will have responsibility for, and full access to, HASTAC’s cutting-edge website (a customizable Drupal 7.0 site launched in 2015), data, research, technology, social networking expertise, and membership, including more than 1000 past and present HASTAC Scholars (graduate and undergraduate students). Read more about what HASTAC can do for your institution.
HASTAC partner proposals will be accepted until July 15, 2016. The start date, financial responsibilities, technology and labor distribution, and all other matters will vary greatly depending on the capacities and vision of the partnering institution. Please contact HASTAC if your institution is interested so we can begin a detailed conversation. Please direct all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HASTAC 2016 Recap!
If you weren’t able to make it to HASTAC 2016, hosted by Arizona State University, May 11-14, 2016, check out the resources and reflections from the conference:
- HASTAC 2016 Conference Group, including recaps, presentations, reflections, and more
- Scholars Unconference collaborative note-taking document
- Storify of remarks by Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University and author of Designing the New American University
- Storify of remarks by Gary Dirks, Directory of the Julie Ann Wrigley School for Sustainability at Arizona State University
- Storify of remarks by Liza Potts, Director of Writing, Information, and Digital Experience (WIDE) Center at Michigan State University
- Storify of Futures Initiative and CUNY HASTAC 2016 Panels on Speculative Classroom Design and Building the University Worth Fighting For
- Storify of panel on partnerships between graduate programs and community colleges, by representatives of the University of Washington and CUNY
- #HASTAC16 Poster Presentation by Grant Glass
Please mark your calendars for HASTAC 2017: The Possible Worlds of Digital Humanities, being held in Orlando, Florida at the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, a premier game site, on November 2-4, 2017.
The lead sponsor and organizing group for the conference is the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH.org), which includes a dozen institutions in the State of Florida that seek to promote an understanding of the humanities in light of digital technologies and research.
Digital Media and Learning Conference 2016
October 5-7, 2016
University of California, Irvine
Let's Build. Let's Design. Let's Solve.
Join us October 5-7, 2016 for the 7th annual Digital Media and Learning Conference. This international gathering brings together a vibrant and diverse community of innovators, thinkers, and progressive educators to delve into leading-edge topics in digital media and learning. We build connections across research, design, and practice in the service of progressive, equitable, and youth-centered approaches to learning with technology. See what’s new, apply to participate, and register at: http://dml2016.dmlhub.net
At the HASTAC 2016 Conference, HASTAC organized a surprise celebration for Fiona Barnett, who has been an instrumental part of HASTAC since we welcomed her as the Director of the HASTAC Scholars Program in June 2009. She has helped hundreds of graduate and undergraduate students develop as scholars, connect with each other, and ultimately build an innovative student-driven network. Thanks to Fiona’s work throughout the years, HASTAC Scholars are some of the most active members on the HASTAC site, driving much of its content.
Help us celebrate the integral part she played at HASTAC by:
- Adding your thanks to the #thanksFionaB Wiki, either as a comment or by actually "editing" the wiki itself (note: only one person can do this at a time)
- Tweeting your thanks using hashtag #ThanksFionaB
- Sharing a photo of yourself with a "HASTAC Thanks Fiona" Sticker. Please feel free to post your photos in the #thanksFionaB Wiki, on HASTAC's facebook page, or on twitter using hashtag #ThanksFionaB
Special thanks to HASTAC Scholars Co-Director Kalle Westerling, and current and past HASTAC Scholars for helping us pull off this surprise!
Help make hastac.org even better!
Last year, HASTAC launched its new Drupal 7 website with a cleaner look and even more direct access to content. Now, we want to know how you’re using it. What features do you use the most? How do you find posts and opportunities of interest? How do you connect with other members?
Take the user survey by June 1 at: bit.ly/hastac-user-survey.
This month, Kaysi Holman, Program Coordinator of HASTAC at Duke University will be moving to a new position, joining the City University of New York as Deputy Director of the Mellon-funded CUNY Humanities Alliance, a program designed to broaden doctoral student training and improve humanities education for approximately 2,500 undergraduates at LaGuardia Community College. Beginning in Fall 2016, this ambitious new partnership will train Ph.D. students in innovative methods to teach humanities to a predominantly immigrant, low-income, urban, undergraduate community. We’re very lucky she will be joining the CUNY team to run this ambitious and model new program, but Holman’s presence at HASTAC will be greatly missed.
The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge Digital Pedagogy Working Group created this collaborative note-taking space for their Birds of a Feather Session, Digital Pedagogy and the Future of Higher Education, at the HASTAC 2016 Conference. The result was incredible discussions and resources for digital pedagogy.
Check out Left of Black
Left of Black is a weekly webcast hosted by Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal and produced by the John Hope Franklin Center of International and Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University.
The Futures Initiative
The Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY would like to thank all of our colleagues, partners, and friends for a wonderful year! The year was filled with important workshops and discussions in the University Worth Fighting For series, innovative team-taught courses across a number of disciplines, and the beginnings of the new Humanities Alliance partnership between the Graduate Center and LaGuardia Community College. Images from our year-end celebration are available on Flickr.
Don't miss recaps from our other recent events:
This concludes our public programming for the year. The Futures Initiative team wishes everyone a wonderful summer as we prepare for another terrific year ahead!
Congratulations to HASTAC Steering Committee member Dr. Julie Thompson-Klein from Wayne State University, who was just awarded the second annual Science of Team Science (SciTS) Recognition Award at the SciTS 2016 Conference, May 16-19 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Congratulations to former HASTAC Scholar Ashley Ferro Murray, who was named Curator of Theater and Dance at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute. She will be curating, producing, supervising, and managing projects from inception to completion, guiding projects from idea to collaborative realization with a staff of forty.
Congratulations to HASTAC Steering Committee member Dr. Anne Balsamo, who has been named as the inaugural dean of the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at UT Dallas. She is moving to UT Dallas from the New School in New York City, where she served as dean of the School of Media Studies. Her recent book, Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work, offers a manifesto for rethinking the role of culture in the process of technological innovation in the 21st century.
HASTAC Thanks GitHub for Sponsoring #HASTAC16
Distributed version control and source code host, GitHub sponsored the HASTAC 2016 Conference in Tempe, Arizona. Nearly a quarter of conference attendees received GitHub scholarships of free or reduced registration for the event. GitHub provides unlimited use of their service freely to teachers, students and researchers through https://education.github.com. To see the full details of academic discounts they offer, click here.
Future Tense—a partnership of Arizona State University, Slate, and the think tank New America—invites HASTAC members to contribute articles to the Future Tense department on Slate. Future Tense is dedicated to exploring emerging technologies and their implications for policy and society; one of its aims is to make scholarly ideas accessible for a general interest audience. Future Tense articles are typically about 800-1,200 words long and make a strong argument about something related to technology; topics can range from social media to synthetic biology and everything in between. If you are interested in contributing, you can email Torie Bosch at email@example.com with 3-4 sentence pitch that outlines your proposed piece.
Digital Humanities at The MIT Press – 30% off for HASTAC members!
The MIT Press is thrilled to offer members of HASTAC a 30% book discount on all MITP digital humanities titles. Use discount code MHASTAC30 when prompted during checkout at mitpress.mit.edu/dig-hum to receive 30% off the list price. While this code can only be used for books purchased directly through the MIT Press website, it can be used more than once, for multiple titles, and for both print and e-editions. Happy reading from The MIT Press!
Great Reads on HASTAC:
- “Interview with Jessica Morley of AMMAL” by HASTAC Scholar and Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow Lisa Tagliaferri
- “How to Go from Standard-Issue Term Paper to Social Change: Here's One Model,” details the excellent class by University of California at Berkeley Professor Juana María Rodriguez (a HASTAC Scholar Mentor) in which undergraduates edited or created Wikipedia entries on the late) José Esteban Muñoz, Essex Hemphill, and many other queer artists and scholars of color
CORRECTION: The earlier newsletter incorrectly characterized the blog “How to Go from Standard-Issue Term Paper to Social Change: Here's One Model." The blog details the excellent class by University of California at Berkeley Professor Juana María Rodriguez (a HASTAC Scholar Mentor) in which undergraduates edited or created Wikipedia entries on the late) José Esteban Muñoz, Essex Hemphill, and many other queer artists and scholars of color. Our apologies for the mistake.