Join us for a special DH Kitchen/Humanities Conversations lecture on Tuesday, October 18 at 5:15 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium (ZSR 404). Todd Presner will be presenting a talk entitled, “Assessing Digital Humanities Scholarship: Challenges, Opportunities, and Perspectives.” (Read the preview: Presner’s Journal of Digital Humanities article, “How to Evaluate Digital Scholarship.”)

Todd Presner is Professor of Germanic Languages, Comparative Literature, and Jewish Studies at the University of California Los Angeles. Since 2011, he is the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Director of the UCLA Center for Jewish Studies. He is also the Chair of the UCLA Digital Humanities Program, which offers an undergraduate minor and graduate certificate, and faculty co-PI on the “Urban Humanities” initiative at UCLA. His research focuses on European intellectual history, the history of media, visual culture, digital humanities, and cultural geography.

Presner is the author or co-author of four books, as well as the founder and director of HyperCities, a collaborative, digital mapping platform that explores the layered histories of city spaces. Awarded one of the first “digital media and learning” prizes by the MacArthur Foundation/HASTAC in 2008, HyperCities is an interactive, web-based research and teaching environment for authoring and analyzing the cultural, architectural, and urban history of cities.

How does Presner conceive of DH developments over the five years since “How to Evaluate Digital Scholarship” first came out? Which of the assessment guidelines Presner laid out have which higher ed constituents found effective? Have new ambiguities emerged? What do Academic Review Committees, Chairs, Deans, and Provosts in the humanities here at Wake Forest wonder about digital scholarship and its becoming evaluatable? Come find out!


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