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Center for Digital Humanities and Culture Formed

The Council of Deans and President’s Cabinet recently approved the establishment of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture, which will begin operation in January.

The center will support scholarship, information sharing, and project applications of digital technologies in humanities-based fields of study.  According to the proposal approved by both groups, the center will facilitate scholarship, information sharing, and project development.

“Digital humanities centers typically facilitate work ranging from traditional activities augmented by digital technology to scholarly work transformed by the digital component,” the proposal notes, including developing items such as archival collections, documentary editions, oral histories, multimedia expressions, and collaborative work.

“The establishment of the Center for Digital Humanities and Culture will open the door to new types of technology-focused scholarship in the humanities and social scuences at IUP and further strengthen IUP's reputation as a research doctoral institution within our region and the PASSHE system,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Gerald Intemann said.

The center’s codirectors will be Kenneth Sherwood and Gian Pagnucci of the English Department. Its advisory committee will consist of Paul Arpaia, History; Joann Janosko, Libraries; Erick Lauber, Communications Media; Sean McDaniel, Spanish; Linda Norris, English; and Bob Sweeny, Art.  Project leaders and members to date include faculty members Kyle Houser, Art;  S.J. Miller, English; Lilia Savova, English; Dawn Smith-Sherwood, Spanish; Tom Slater, English; Judith Villa, English; and Michael M. Williamson, English, and doctoral students Majid Al-Khalaqi and Eric Glicker.