Dr. Bryan Carter, U. of A.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Imagine being able to walk around a Buddhist temple in China without leaving your desk. Or observe with the click of a button how African dances evolved. Or read ancient scripts with real-time translation. These are just some of the ways that digital technology is creating new opportunities to study who we are, where we came from and, ultimately, what it means to be human.
Established in 2017, the University of Arizona College of Humanities’ Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is a research and innovation incubator for the computational study of the human condition. Through the power of digital technologies, CDH provides creative, scholarly, and educational support for researchers, teachers, and community members seeking to more fully understand the world’s enduring and emerging needs. Projects already underway utilize data visualization, digital storytelling, digital mapping, and virtual reality to explore topics across the humanities.
Projects involving voices from the margins and inclusive excellence are especially encouraged by the Center, along with other digital humanities initiatives that leverage the sorting, calculating, analyzing, and visualization power of computational tools and techniques.
CDH Director Dr. Bryan Carter received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is an Associate Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona, specializing in African–American literature of the 20th Century with a primary focus on the Harlem Renaissance and digital culture. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, “Virtual Harlem,” and has presented it at locations around the world. His research focuses on advanced visualization and how sustained and varied digital communication affects student retention and engagement in literature courses taught both online and face-to-face.
Written by Nancy Green, Academy Village Volunteer