Caribbeanist Alex Gil to lecture at the UC Libraries Digital Humanities Speaker Series

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Alex Gill, digital scholarship coordinator from Columbia University, will discuss strategies to foster and support digital humanities activities and communities on April 6., Melissa Norris reports in this announcement form the University of Cincinnati.
University of Cincinnati Libraries will welcome Alex Gil to campus Monday, April 6, 2015, as the second expert in our Digital Humanities Speaker Series. He will present a series of talks, all free and open to the public, to be held in 480 Langsam Library.
  • 10:00-11:30am: “Setting up Playgrounds for the Digital Humanities: Strategies to Foster and Support Digital Humanities Activities and Communities” (followed by a lunch reception)
  • 12:45-1:45pm: “Breaking the Code: The Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University Libraries” (targeted for library faculty and staff, but all are welcome)
  • 2:00-3:30pm: Keynote: “Hacking Light, Crossing Borders: Building Transnational Communities in Digital Scholarship and the Case of GO::DH”

Gil is digital scholarship coordinator for the humanities and history at Columbia University Libraries and affiliate faculty in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. He serves as a consultant to faculty, students and the library on the impact of technology on humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. Recent projects include an open repository of syllabi for curricular research, a tour of digital humanities projects worldwide and other initiatives at the intersection of technology and the humanities. Dr. Gil is currently vice-chair of Global-Outlook::Digital-Humanities (GO::DH), a special interest group (SIG) of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO). The purpose of GO::DH is to help break down barriers that hinder communication and collaboration among researchers and students of the digital arts, humanities and cultural heritage sectors in high, mid and low-income economies. He is the organizer of the THATCamp Caribe series that brings the unconference model to the Caribbean region. His scholarly heart remains betrothed to Caribbean literature in the 20th century.
The development and implementation of the speaker series is part of UC Libraries’ Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Strategic Initiative, which aims to build engagement and awareness of digital humanities and digital scholarship within UC Libraries and the university. More about the Libraries’ Strategic Plan can be found online athttp://www.libraries.uc.edu/about/strategic-plan.html.

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