UF Interface

Spring 2012 Interface + Digital Humanities Day

Another success!

Collaboration with the UF Center for the Humanities in the Public Sphere and the UF Libraries proved to be a great success. Over 200 people attended Spring 2012 Interface + Digital Humanities Day. 141 attended the face-to-face program and another 88 participated online. The keynote speakers provided an excellent overview of key issues related to the theme of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities" and the lightning rounds and breakout sessions were well received stimulating interesting and lively discussions.

THEME: "Open Resources, Open Possibilities"

For ten years, MIT has made all of its educational content available for anyone wanting to use it. During the same time period, Stanford has championed Creative Commons, which has defined and made available a form of open intellectual property attribution. Many other institutions and organizations are moving in the direction of open content and resources.

At the University of Florida, we are exploring the implications of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities" and the impact on teaching and learning in higher education by focusing our Interface Faculty Seminar on the use of open and free resources on our own campus.


Interface is growing! This Spring we are collaborating with the UF Libraries and the UF Digital Humanities Day around the theme of "Open Resources, Open Possibilities". As a result, we will have a full day of activities including keynote speakers, lightning round presentations, breakout sessions, poster sessions, and plenty of time to socialize and network with your UF peers.

Event Date: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Event Duration: 9am - 4:15pm
Event Location: Smathers Library, 1A (map)


The two iPad winners for this session are:

Terry Harpold Ipad winner for Best Presentation
Terry Harpold
Best Presentation

Randy Graf Ipad winner w/ Tawnya Means
Randy Graff
Door Prize Winner

Keynote Speakers:

Brian Croxall

Brian Croxall, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow and Emerging Technologies Librarian in Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. In this position, he is helping to establish the new, Mellon Foundation-sponsored Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC). Along with developing and managing digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, graduate students, librarians, developers, and more, he teaches a new undergraduate "Introduction to Digital Humanities" and integrates digital technologies into the whole of the library.

His interests in the digital humanities include visualizing geospatial and temporal data as well as integrating digital approaches into pedagogy. His dissertation investigated the relationships between technology, media, and psychological trauma. Since then, he has taught modern and contemporary American literature as well as courses on media studies, digital culture, and war fiction and co-edited a journal issue on steampunk. Brian is a contributing author to the blog ProfHacker and to the #alt-academy project.

Roger Whitson

Roger Whitson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Nineteenth-Century British and Anglophone Literature at Washington State University. He previously worked with Brian Croxall as an Andrew Mellon Fellow in the Digital Scholarship Commons (DiSC) at Emory University. He is currently working as project manager for the DiSC project "Lynchings in Georgia: 1875-1930," helping develop a Digital Humanities concentration for graduate students at WSU, and investigating the role of the digital humanities in teaching and researching Nineteenth-Century British Literature.

His digital research and teaching interests include distant reading and cultural analytics, digital and network materiality, the digital remediation of literature and literary studies, and the role of Twitter and GoogleDocs in creating an interactive classroom environment. He is the coauthor of William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration Participation, and Social Media, which is forthcoming from Routledge. He also participates on the editorial board of Hybrid Pedagogy: A Journal on Teaching and Technology and has written extensively about digital pedagogy for ProfHacker, TECHStyle, and on his personal blog

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