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    Amanda French

    I am THATCamp Coordinator at the Center for History and New Media. I've got a doctorate in English from UVA; my field is 19th-century poetry and poetic form.

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    Sunday, May 1st, 2011 | Amanda French

    Hey all, if you could, please take a sec and fill out the THATCamp evaluation at http://surveymonkey.com/s/thatcampeval — only two fields are required: which THATCamp you went to (Great Lakes!) and a rating of how useful it was for you on a scale of 1 to 5. The rest is optional.

    Notes from digivangelism session

    Saturday, April 30th, 2011 | Amanda French

    Here’s a Google doc with notes from the “digivangelism” session about how to have productive conversations (oh, who are we kidding, how to CONVERT) technology-resistant academics to The Digital Way: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iHhqzxhfpCrXKm3Hb2fgCWgQZm15TOSU_5dVR2oEvC0/edit?hl=en

    If you were there, feel free to add or change things as necessary.

    Digital Pedagogy session links

    Saturday, April 30th, 2011 | Amanda French

    Here are some of the links to courses and projects mentioned in the Digital Pedagogy session — please put ones I missed in the comments.

    • A course blog by Paul Martin at University of Vermont: http://bit.ly/kyWgli
    • Ecology class photos on Flickr: http://bit.ly/k2iNDB
    • Blogs at Baruch (uses BuddyPress): http://blsciblogs.baruch.cuny.edu/
    • UMW Blogs: http://umwblogs.org
    • Intro to Blogging essay in Companion to Digital Literary Studies: http://ow.ly/4KjXI
    • Mixable at Purdue (from Twitter, not from live session): http://tinyurl.com/2b5amro

    There were a lot more . . . please add in the comments.

    Money, morality, technology, education

    Saturday, April 30th, 2011 | Amanda French

    Here’s a very last-minute post / session idea, somewhat unformed — I’ve been thinking a good bit lately about the role of money in digital humanities, and indeed higher education more generally. Some academics outside digital humanities really hate digital humanists’ willingness to accept money from corporations like Microsoft and Google, for instance, and at the same time I think a good bit of the recent “boom” in digital humanities is due to the undeniable fact that there’s money in and for digital humanities. The hideous job market situation for humanities PhDs isn’t nearly as bad for humanities PhDs who have some tech skills and are willing to move into administrative positions, and even though I am one of those people, I deplore the fact that universities are willing to create stable full-time jobs for the legions of staff members necessary to support university technology, but they’re not willing to create stable full-time jobs for university teachers.

    Audrey Watters and I were even talking about putting together some kind of book project around this, and we could use a session to, heck, write a proposal or something. We’d love to get people debating one another on this. Interested?