Digital Humanities at Small Liberal Arts Colleges

Debates in the Digital Humanities

Interest in digital humanities has exploded at small liberal arts colleges in the last few years, with a particular focus on pedagogy and undergraduate research.  Small liberal arts colleges lead the way in integrating digital humanities into the undergraduate curriculum.  Bryan Alexander, Senior Fellow, and Rebecca Frost Davis, Program Officer for the Humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE, pronounced “night-ly”) documented the beginnings of this explosion in their chapter “Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World” in Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.  They argue that small liberal arts colleges should indeed engage in the digital humanities and that this engagement is characterized with a strong focus on the process of doing digital humanities rather than digital scholarly product created by that process.

Rebecca Frost Davis

Rebecca Frost Davis also leads NITLE’s initiative in Digital Humanities. Its goal is two-fold: to advance the development of digital humanities at liberal arts colleges and promote the valuable contributions these colleges make to and within the broader digital humanities movement. This section of the blog aggregates and documents Rebecca’s ongoing research into the digital humanities at small liberal arts colleges.

To learn more, feel free to contact Rebecca:

Phone: (512) 863-1734


Twitter: @FrostDavis


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