Confusion spread across the sea of students, faculty and community members of the audience Wednesday, March 6, when Dr. Bryan Alexander pulled out his phone and said, “Make an expression that you think describes digital humanities.” That photo instantly went on Instagram.
Alexandar, senior at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE.org), spoke about Digital Humanities and the different tools that people could use when learning about the subject. Some tools he talked about included zotero.org, comment press and ngrams. Alexandar spoke of how technology was always changing while adding new on top of the old. Questions arose about the differences between the digital and the physical worlds. One instance was whether physical books and newspapers would cease to exist because eBooks and online news are cheaper to access. The question of online classrooms also occurred from the same context – if it’s more readily available and cheaper, will the physical campus be lost? To both of these questions, Alexander said not to worry because these are only dying down, not dying off.
Favorite quote of the night:
Digital Humanities might make the humanities come back to life and become more vibrant.
To find out more, here is a link to my Storify of the event.