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NOVA-AN Professor Thomas Rushford selected to attend National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

Professor Thomas Rushford of Northern Virginia Community College has been selected to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities. Professor Rushford was chosen from a national applicant pool to attend one of only five Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Summer Institutes and the only one designed specifically for community college faculty. The NEH is a federal agency that, each summer, supports enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work collaboratively and study with experts in humanities disciplines. Digital methods, tools and practices for humanities teaching and scholarship have brought new relevance to humanities disciplines and this institute will develop a national community of practice among community college faculty in history, English and writing, classics, and other humanities disciplines.

Dr. Anne B. McGrail, English faculty member at Lane Community College, will direct the institute, which will take place at that institution in Eugene, Oregon July 13-17, 2015. Seven distinguished digital humanities scholars, including Matthew K. Gold, Jesse Stommel, Roopika Risam, Marta Effinger-Crichlow, Sandy Brown Jensen and Jake Agatucci will lead the 28 teachers selected to participate in the program. Participants receive a stipend of $1225 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

This institute for community college digital humanists joins a group of five other NEH Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities: “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Cultural Heritage Sites,” co-hosted by University of Massachusetts Amherst and UCLA; “Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics,” hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC; “Institute on Digital Archaeology Method & Practice” at Michigan State University; “Scholarship in Sound and Image: A Workshop on Videographic Criticism” at Middlebury College in Vermont; and “Building an Accessible Future for the Humanities” to be held at Northeastern University, University of Texas, Austin, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Emory University.

For more information visit the institute website https://blogs.lanecc.edu/dhatthecc/summerinstituteinformation/ or contact the Institute Director Anne B. McGrail at mcgraila@lanecc.edu

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.0896 | kthompson@nvcc.edu


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