Introducing our Digital History Lunch Panel!

21st Century Challenges Facing the History Profession: Digital History Edition

Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus, Corboy Law Center, Kasbeer Hall

Saturday, November 9, 2013, 12:45-2:30pm

The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of CNN.com.

The WITCH computer, first used in the 1950s, reads programs that are punched into strips of tape. Image courtesy of CNN.com.

Happy Monday to all! We are now less than a week away from the 10th Annual LUC History Graduate Student Conference. As you can tell from our recently uploaded program, we are primed to have another great conference this year. In addition to the really fantastic panels, our public history roundtable, and, of course, all the brilliant participants coming from near and far, we’d like to introduce the digital history lunch panel!

Instead of listening to a keynote address, we want to have a conversation about the opportunities and challenges confronting the history profession brought about by the “digital turn.” Our panelists will provide their thoughts on any number of topics concerning digital history and its many applications, both inside and outside the classroom. The format of this session will be Q & A, and so all in attendance are encouraged to participate. You can raise your hand the old-fashioned way, or you can embrace the digital power of Twitter and live tweet your questions and reactions by using #HGSA2013.

Our wonderful cast of panelists include:

  • Dr. Meghan Dougherty, Assistant Professor of Digital Communication, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Anne Flannery, ACLS Public Fellow, Assistant Director of Digital Initiatives and Services, Newberry Library
  • Dr. Christopher Manning, Associate Professor of History, Loyola University Chicago
  • Dr. Kyle Roberts, Assistant Professor of Public History and New Media, Loyola University Chicago

Some potential topics of discussion might include:

  • Dissertation embargoing
  • Online teaching and MOOCs (massive online open classes)
  • Digitization of archival material and digital research
  • Open source software sharing and freeware
  • Copyright issues in a digital age
  • The effects of digitization on the publishing landscape
  • Academic blogging

These are just suggestions, but the direction of the conversation is up to you. So get excited to explore the brave new world of digital history, and we look forward to your questions and insights!

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