The digital humanities working group @ ou is pleased to announce Historian William G. Thomas III's Distinguished Lecture in Digital Humanities Tuesday, October 29th on "The Grand Challenge of the Digital Humanities" [4:00 p.m. in Zarrow Hall 145]. All are welcome!
Thomas is Chair of the History Dept. at the University of Nebraska, and the John and Catherine Angle Professor of Humanities and History. He served as the founding Director of the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia, and is a Co-Editor with Historian Edward Ayers (President of the U of Richmond) of The Valley of the Shadow Project at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at U. Va.
Thomas was also a co-founder of the Nebraska Digital Workshop/Forum on Digital Humanities, and he has led the development of digital history courses at UNL. The graduate program in History seeks to train historians for and in the digital medium of scholarship and communication. Thomas's current research focuses on The History Harvest, a digital history project aimed at digitizing the nation's family and community history. He is also working on a digital project tracing the family networks of black and white litigants in early Washington DC before the Civil War. His recent book,The Iron Way: Railroads, The Civil War, and the Making of Modern America (Yale University Press 2011) was a Lincoln Prize Finalist in 2012 from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.
In addition to this public lecture, Thomas will participate in an informal lunch discussion on research and teaching methods in digital history for graduate students and faculty from 12:00 - 1:30 in the Harlow Room in the History of Science Collections, 5th Floor of Bizzell Library. If you would like to attend and have us reserve a box lunch, just drop us a note.
This visit is hosted by the Digital Humanities Working Group @ OU, and co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of the History of Science, the Department of History, and is also made possible through the Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lectureship Program.