DHi Speakers Series: Martha Nell Smith, Ph.D.

DHi's Speakers Series welcomes Martha Nell Smith, Ph.D.
Univ. of MD, College Park
Martha Nell Smith is Distinguished Scholar-Teacher, Professor of English, and Founding Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH http://www.mith.umd.edu) at the University of Maryland.  Her numerous print publications include five singly and coauthored books, and scores of articles and essays in journals and collections. Most recently, working with Professor Baihua Wang of Fudan University (Shanghai), Smith has edited sections on Dickinson for three different international journals.
Diversity is Not a Luxury in DH
Thursday, April 14, 4:10 pm •  Sadove 112  •  Refreshments Provided
Building on her “The Human Touch: Software of the Highest Order” and “The Humanities Are Not a Luxury,” Martha Nell Smith will review the original mission of the institute she founded, MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities), and the fact that its focus on diversity and human-computer interaction were crucial to obtaining foundational funding and have become vital again for its sustainability. Early projects included DISC (a Disability Studies Academic Community), Narratives That Heal (from field research in Ghana, Hawai’i, and Latin America), To Dream Tomorrow (a documentary on Ada Lovelace), Feminism and Writing Technologies, and a project on Ysaye Barnwell’s Family Archives (Barnwell is a member of Sweet Honey in the Rock). In MITH’s return to embrace diversity, a premier project is now Synergies Among DH and African American History and Culture. For a time, projects in traditional DH focused on text encoding and database construction at the expense of diversity, but when diversity and the human touch inhere in the core of DH valuation, much greater reach and sustainability are not only possible but inevitable. Smith champions this in the Dickinson Electronic Archives (http://emilydickinson.org), which incorporates work from scholars worldwide, most recently from Fudan and Peking Universities in China.
Queering the Archives
Friday, April 15, 12:00 Noon  •  DHi, CJ 102  •  Lunch Provided
Events co-sponsored by the Cinema & Media Studies Program, the 
American Studies Program, and Hamilton’s Dean of Faculty
Part of:
Spring 2016 Speaker Series
DHi Lecture & Workshop Series 2015-2016
“Global DH?: New Methods, Insurgent Pedagogies and Community-Based Practices”