Speaker: Pam Lach, Manager of UNC’s Digital Innovation Lab
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
When: Wednesday, March 13th at NOON
Topic: Digital Humanities at Carolina: Programs & Possibilities
Digital technologies are transforming the humanities in profound ways—from the very questions we can ask to the ways we communicate our interpretations to students, scholars, or a general audience. The Digital Innovation Lab has been working since October 2011 to make the digital humanities work accessible for scholars, students, and the public by lowering barriers of access—whether time, resources, or technical skill level. Adding to this work is the newly-launched Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI), which was catalyzed by a $1.39 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The CDHI seeks to develop and test an adaptable and sustainable model of transformative academic practice that embraces faculty research, graduate and post-doctoral training, undergraduate learning, and engaged scholarship in the humanities. The CDHI hopes to intervene at all levels of academic practice at the University, from undergraduate and graduate training, to faculty development, and the hiring of new DH practitioners. This talk provides an overview of the CDHI and the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL).
Pam Lach is Manager of the Digital Innovation Lab (DIL) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She holds a PhD from UNC in U.S. Cultural History with an emphasis on gender and film history (2007), and a MS in Information Science from the UNC’s School of Information and Library Science. Pam is interested in how new and emerging technologies can support and redefine scholarship in the humanities and hopes to bridge the divide between technology and humanists. She oversees DIL staff and project work, including the development of DH Press, a WordPress-based digital humanities toolkit. During the 2012-2013 academic year she has assisted with the implementation of the Mellon-funded Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative.