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Learning lunch on the Digital Liberal Arts – Tuesday March 11, 12:15

Over the past decade, digital technologies have suffused every corner of liberal arts education, from in-class instruction to student life to faculty research to campus infrastructure. One important impact of this digital shift has been that technologies that had previously been more common within sciences and narrow specialized disciplines, now have been adopted both across the teaching curriculum and within scholarly research in all disciplines, especially the humanities. We see this technological turn as part of a movement that some have called the Digital Liberal Arts.

Rebekah Irwin, LIS’s Director of Special Collections and Archives, will help us better understand the Digital Liberal Arts at Middlebury. Please bring your lunch and join us!

Tuesday, March 11

12:15 pm at the Mitchell Green Lounge in McCullough

A busy start to 2014 in Special Collections

Special Collections has enjoyed a busy start to 2014 with several J-term classes visiting this week to use our collections for coursework. Here’s a group from Prof. Kacy McKinney’s class Space and Place in the Graphic Novel. Students learned about the history of illustrations in books, viewing everything from a 1484 illuminated Latin text, to recently published graphic novels.

Students viewed a wide selection of illustrated books.

Students looking at a wide selection of illustrated books.

Special Collections Director Rebekah Irwin shares a large format art book.


Prof. McKinney and students view illustrated books from the 16th to the 18th century.