DLA Winter Speaker Dan Cohen on Feb. 19

“How the Digital Public Library of America is Changing Historical Research”

Friday, February 19th, 3:30 P.M., Hillcrest 103

In this public lecture Dan Cohen will discuss how new large-scale digital collections such as the Digital Public Library of America bring together millions of items from libraries, archives, and museums, and can form the basis for new kinds of research. Understanding how these collections are assembled, and how their data is structured and made available, is essential for envisioning such new uses and the scholarship that might now be possible.

Teaching with Digital Public History

Friday, February 19th, 12:30 P.M., CTLR Lounge

In this informal conversation, Dan Cohen, founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA) and former Professor of History at George Mason University, will share his experiences with incorporating public digital history into classrooms across the U.S. and lead a discussion around the opportunities and challenges of using digital objects in the classroom. There are no required readings for this session, but you may find this brief introduction to the DPLA useful. Lunch will be served, so please RSVP below so we can make sure there is enough food.

dan_cohen_bio_page_photo_300pxDan Cohen is the founding Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. Until 2013 Dan was a Professor of History in the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. He is the co-author of Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005), author of Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and co-editor of Hacking the Academy (University of Michigan Press, 2012). 

Current Sign-up Sheets

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Digital History as Team Sport: Applying Design Thinking to the Study of the Past N/A 0