Write Out Loud: Public Digital Humanities in the Writing and Literature Classroom

Please join the DLA for a talk by Danica Savonick, Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Cortland. This talk explores the transformative impact that collaborative, multimodal, and public projects can have on students in the literature and writing classroom. Savonick begins with an unconventional genealogy of digital humanities pedagogy. While digital humanities is often understood as a response to the internet, her research explores how many contemporary engaged, public, and project-based learning methods had their roots in the feminist and antiracist social movements of the 1960s and 1970s. More specifically, Savonick focus on the teaching practices of authors June Jordan and Toni Cade Bambara, both of whom organized their courses around the practice of publishing student writing as part of their larger educational activism. This work, she suggests, helps us think about digital pedagogy not solely as a response to the internet, but as a continuation of long, ongoing efforts to produce relevant education that prepares students to navigate and improve the world beyond the classroom. The remainder of the talk provides an overview of exciting contemporary approaches to digital humanities pedagogy in writing and literature classrooms (mapping projects, Wikipedia-editing assignments, public blog posts), with an emphasis on assignments that challenge students to “write out loud” and create something that makes an impact on audiences beyond the classroom. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by March 26. 

Date: March 31

Time: 12:15 -1:30 pm

Place: CTLR Lounge, Davis Family Library