The Digital Liberal Arts Initiative (DLA) is a faculty-and-student-driven, campus-wide resource for the exploration of digital modes of scholarly inquiry. 

Sometimes these explorations take participants deeper into their existing disciplinary research, teaching, and learning; at other times, they lead to new modes of collaboration or transformation across departments and units of Middlebury as well as outward toward partnerships with other institutions or through public-facing projects. The DLA also supports Middlebury’s strategic goal to foster more robust critical digital fluency, helping faculty and students better orient themselves in today’s wireless world through liberal arts approaches to the social and political implications of digital technologies.

We provide ongoing consultation, yearlong programming, and various levels of funding for faculty and students (conference travel; initial discovery phases of research; student research assistants; year-long DLA Fellowships; news about external opportunities). We encourage faculty to take risks and try new approaches, and the DLA offers support and guidance in adopting best practices. We also highlight the many digital projects already created by Middlebury faculty, staff, and students. 

You can click on the menu links above to find out more about the latest happenings with the DLA and our past activities. You can also follow the DLA Initiative on Twitter at the hashtag #dlamidd. For a consultation, please contact Michael J. Kramer, Assistant Professor of the Practice in Digital History/Humanities and Associate Director of the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative.

Initial funding for the Digital Liberal Arts Initiative was generously provided by the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Read more about the awarded grant.