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March 3, 2017

MSU to host 2nd annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium

The second annual Global Digital Humanities Symposium is set for March 16-17 at the MSU Union.

Hosted by the MSU Digital Humanities Program, the event will feature a mix of local, national and international speakers.

“One of the important things about this symposium is that we are really trying to incorporate as many views as possible,” said Kristen Mapes, digital humanities coordinator for the College of Arts and Letters. “Last year it started a conversation and this year the goal is to bring more voices into that conversation and to deepen it.”

MSU has been intentionally global for more than 60 years, with more than 1,400 faculty involved in international research, teaching and service. Today, many scholars in the humanities at MSU are engaged in digital projects related to global, indigenous and/or underrepresented groups and topics.

“The symposium is an important way to make the wide variety of DH work that's happening at MSU visible to the larger community of DH and also to ourselves,” said Steve Rachman, interim director of the Digital Humanities Program.

The 2017 keynote speakers are:

• Elizabeth LaPensée, MSU assistant professor with a dual appointment in the Department of Media and Information and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Cultures

• Padmini Ray Murray, a faculty member at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore, India

The symposium will also include panel discussions, lightning talks featuring MSU students and a workshop about incorporating activism into digital humanities. The two-day event will conclude with a reception.

In addition, MSU will host the Big Ten Academic Alliance Digital Humanities Summit and the annual meeting of the Advanced Research Consortium March 18-19.

The deadline to register for the symposium is Friday. The free event will be livestreamed online as well. For more information, visit the Global Digital Humanities Symposium website.

By: Kimberly Popiolek