Friday, December 05, 2014

Mellon Grant, Digital Humanities at Berkeley, and Milton Revealed

Terrance Lindall's Paradise Lost
Digital Humanities Project
"Milton Revealed"
UC Berkeley Emeritus Professor of English
Hugh Macrae Richmond, Director
"Mellon Grant advances Berkeley's Digital Humanities"

From the WAH Center in New York City comes good news:
Artwork by Terrance Lindall for "Paradise Lost" is featured on a website for a digital humanities project, "Milton Revealed," directed by UC Berkeley emeritus professor of English Hugh Macrae Richmond.
I emailed Terrance to get more details, and he gave credit to Professor Hugh Macrae Richmond for drawing attention to his art on Paradise Lost through having it selected by UC Berkeley to illustrate the university's announcement of a Mellon Grant for Digital Humanities at Berkeley. Here are some excerpts from the article published by the UC Berkeley News Center:
With a $2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UC Berkeley will be making major advances in the integration of digital tools and technologies in humanities scholarship and teaching.

"Digital tools and methods such as data visualization, GIS, statistics, and text mining can have a transformative effect on research and teaching in the humanities, particularly with the mass digitization of texts and artwork. But they are unfamiliar to many humanities scholars and learning to use them effectively requires an investment of time and resources," said Anthony J. Cascardi, UC Berkeley's Irving and Jean Stone Dean of Arts and Humanities and principal investigator on the grant . . . . [This] is part of the larger initiative, "Digital Humanities at Berkeley . . . . This grant will enable us to offer intensive summer training workshops for faculty and students, to introduce them to a range of tools and methods, while providing the critical frameworks for reflection on their impact."

As part of the grant, a new fellowship program will also provide opportunities for faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral scholars to develop proficiency in the use of digital materials and tools, and to apply those skills to their research. Furthermore, the project aims to reach undergraduates by creating courses that integrate digital humanities tools and methods . . . . [T]he grant will enable students and faculty in the humanities to participate in other digital efforts on campus including the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the D-Lab, which principally serve data-intensive research in the social sciences.
For the entire article, click here. And I hope I can be forgiven for noting that my novella is listed on Professor Richmond's website. More information is provided at Amazon.

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