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May 14-15, 2013: Spark Fest – The Twin Cities Digital Humanities Symposium

The Twin Cities Digital Humanities Symposium will kick off with an evening reception the evening of Tuesday, May 14 followed by a full-day symposium on Wednesday, May 15. Registration will open on March 25 and will be limited to 125 attendees.

Symposium Overview

Have you been following developments in digital humanities? Are you ready to take the plunge and develop new projects? Would you like to take your digital humanities projects to the next level?

The Twin Cities Digital Humanities Symposium is an opportunity for scholars (faculty and graduate students) from humanities and computer science fields, academic technologists, programmers, research consultants, librarians, and other academic support staff from Minnesota to come together to spark new research. The symposium will offer inspiring examples of digital humanities scholarship, provide an opportunity to discuss tools and issues at the heart of the research, allow you to network with potential research partners, and — more than anything — provide ample opportunity for participant discussion. This research retreat is designed to facilitate brainstorming, problem solving, and inspiration.

Speaker Bios

Matthew Jockers

Matthew Jockers is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Prior to that he was, for eleven years, a Lecturer and “embedded” Academic Technology Specialist (ATS) in the Department of English at Stanford University. During that time he co-founded and directed the Stanford Literary Lab with Franco Moretti.

Mark Tebeau

Mark Tebeau is an an Associate Professor of History at Cleveland State University. As an urban historian, he studies how people have constructed–physically and metaphorically–the urban environment in which they live. His research explores how urban memorials and public art reveal the changing nature of cities and community identity in the twentieth century. The Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Northern Ohio’s vernacular landscape serve as a lens through which to refract a broader story of changing urban landscapes across the nation.

Spark Fest is organized by the University of Minnesota Libraries and Macalester College DeWitt Wallace Library. The symposium is co-sponsored by CLIC (Cooperating Libraries in Consortium) and the UMN College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology.

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