ITS, Library Staff and Gabriela Arias ’11 Participate in Workshop

Janet Simons, associate director of Institutional Technology and co-director of the Digital Humanities Initiative, Graphic Design Instructional Technologist Krista Siniscarco, Reference Librarian and Coordinator of Library Marketing/Outreach Kristin Strohmeyer and Gabriela Arias ’11 participated in the Media Scholarship in the Liberal Arts workshop held in March at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Simons presented the Media Scholarship in the Liberal Arts project recommendations with Dave Baird of Colgate University and together they led a day-long series of case studies from the project. The presentations were of student-authored digital scholarship. Media Scholarship in the Liberal Arts is an ongoing collaboration between Hamilton, Colgate and St. Lawrence University to develop interdisciplinary assignment models that promote media scholarship by students across the curriculum.

Arias, Siniscarco and Strohmeyer presented the Afro-Latin@ History & Culture course taught by Professor Angel David Nieves. Using both new and old forms of media as tools for communicating ideas, each student in the course created a unique postcard addressing the question, “Does race still matter in the U.S.?” from a personal perspective. As a group the students crafted an exhibition description that accompanied a public exhibit of the postcards in the library. In both projects, students were challenged to demonstrate an understanding of visual media as a tool for social justice.

The workshop was presented by the NorthEast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP). NERCOMP, an affiliate of Educause is an association dedicated to enhancing the “communication and dissemination of information related to the use of computers, networks and information technology in education, academic research and educational administration throughout the northeastern United States.”
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