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The Accidental Black Digital Humanist
Thursday, October 31, 2019 , 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
The DLA is excited to welcome Daryle Williams, Associate Professor of History and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Maryland. Williams is involved in a range of digital projects. He is the Project Director of Slave Biographies: The Atlantic Database Network and the Co-Principal Investigator on African-American History, Culture and Digital Humanities. This lunchtime talk will cover one historian’s journey through a burgeoning academic subfield known as black digital humanities. Special focus will be placed on the structural, circumstantial, and accidental conditions that led a somewhat conventional text-bound humanist to embrace digital tools of inquiry, analysis, and knowledge production. The discussion will include both personal and programmatic reflections on the possibilities of black DH in our times of stress and disruption in the liberal arts. Lunch will be provided beginning at 12:15. This event is open to the public, but for catering purposes please RSVP here by October 25.