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Vassar College Libraries to host colloquium, “Encountering the Digital Humanities in the Liberal Arts," March 7, 2017

The Vassar College Libraries, with the support of the Digital Library Federation, will host a day-long event, “Encountering the Digital Humanities in the Liberal Arts,” on Tuesday, March 7, in the Villard Room of Main Building, 8:30am-4:00pm.

This event, which is free and open the public, will feature speakers, panels, and discussions focusing on the changes, opportunities, and impacts that digital information and technologies are bringing to the educational experiences of students and faculty at liberal arts colleges. 

“Digital technologies have had a significant impact on the kinds of resources, methods, and projects that students and scholars encounter across many disciplines,” says Andrew Ashton, Director of the Vassar Libraries. “Students and faculty at Vassar are engaged in some truly innovative and challenging work that pushes the boundaries of traditional scholarship.  As librarians, we are particularly interested in how knowledge is created, accessed, and used in new and transformative ways.” 

“Encountering the Digital Humanities” aims to bring together scholars, students, and leaders to examine together how these digital developments are taking shape in the liberal arts, and to explore the critical, social, and pedagogical dimensions of "digital humanities.”

The day will culminate with an interactive discussion/workshop relating to student/faculty partnerships in independent student projects. This workshop will be led by Joan Lippincott, Associate Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, and Vassar College alumna.

Highlights of the day’s events include:

-                A keynote talk by Dr. Bill Pannapacker, DuMez Professor of English at Hope College and the Senior Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grand Challenges Presidential Initiative.

-                A presentation by Dr. Safiya Noble, Department of Information Studies in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. 

-                Other events will include panel discussions with practitioners from other regional colleges as well as a conversation with Vassar students about their own projects.

There is no fee or formal registration to attend.  Participants are welcome to drop-in to any events that interest them. For a full list of the day’s activities, visit .


Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (

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Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, February 28, 2017