Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture Project

David C. Driskell Center (Cole Field House)
5/16/16 – 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
You are invited to join the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland for the project launch of “Synergies: Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture (#AADHum),” sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This convening of African Americanists and Digital Humanities scholars from around the greater Washington D.C. region is designed to generate lively conversations about opportunities to utilize new methods, archives and  tools of the Digital Humanities to ask and answer intriguing questions in African American history and cultural studies, as well as ways to broaden the reach of the Digital Humanities in these areas.
During this half-day meeting participants will learn about the range of research materials available to them at Maryland for the study of African American life. They will later break into subgroups and start to identifyto generate questions that touch on the thematic focus of the project, including African American labor, migration and artistic expression.
Join featured speaker Mariët Westerman, vice president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and colleagues from across the greater Washington D.C. region to learn how you can play a part in this major new initiative.
The event is free and we’re asking that you register online by Friday, May 5. Please join the conversation on social media using #AADHum.
1 p.m. Welcome, Wallace D. Loh, president, University of Maryland
1:05 p.m. Introduction, Sheri Parks, Neil Fraistat
1:15 p.m. Featured Speaker, Mariët Westermann, vice president, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
1:35 p.m. Bonnie Thornton Dill
2 p.m. Breakout Session #1: Understanding Project Testbed Material
Moderators: Breakout A, Select materials from the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Cuture of African Americans and the African Diaspora; Breakout B, Select materials from the AFL-CIO George Meany Memorial Archives; Breakout C, Trevor Muñoz (Other Possible Materials)
2:45 p.m. Break
3 p.m. Breakout Session #2: Potential Research Questions
Moderators: Project Leadership
4 p.m. Plenary Presentation of Research Questions, Identification of Questions That Cut Across Materials
Moderators: Project Leadership
5 p.m. Summation and Discussion of the Future
Moderators: Neil Fraistat and Sheri Parks
5:15 p.m. Reception
The Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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