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Humanities In Action Series

Launched in the Fall 2020 semester, “Humanities in Action” is conceived as a series of connected events highlighting the many ways in which Georgetown scholars and students innovate in the humanities and have an impact on campus and in the public sphere.

Academics and Public Writing

On September 24, “Academics and Public Writing” (new window) featured Paul Elie (Senior Fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs), Cóilín Parsons (Director of the Global Irish Program), Ayten Tartici (ACLS Emerging Voices Postdoctoral Fellow), and Karen Stohr (Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics). In a stimulating conversation they discussed their experiences as writers for an extramural audience.

The Art and Craft of Podcasts: Teaching, Learning, and Researching

On October 29, “The Art and Craft of Podcasts: Teaching, Learning, Researching” (new window) focused on the use of podcasts to enhance the connection between pedagogy and scholarship.

Sarah McNamer (Director, Global Medieval Studies Program) and Ishaan Rai (C’22) discussed about “Making Podcasts About Medieval Africa,” Emma Moesswilde (Ph.D Program, History Department) addressed “Podcasting the Past, Present, and Future of Climate Change”, and Robynn Stilwell (Associate Professor of Musicology) concentrated on “Shaping Time and Space through Sound”.

Meg Oakley, Director of Copyright and Scholarly Communication at Lauinger Library, moderated the panel.

Digital Humanities: Practices and Reflections

On November 17, in “Digital Humanities: Practices and Reflections” (new window) faculty and students shared their own experiences with Digital Humanities methods, processes, and activities. Moderated by Amanda Phillips (English; Film and Media Studies Program), the panel presented web-based applications to tell multiple stories of slavery’s end and the struggle for freedom in the DC area; digital editions of manuscripts; the opportunities and challenges of collaborative scholarship and public engagement through digital resources.

Participants included Francesco Ciabattoni (Italian) and Laura Morreale (Fordham University; Georgetown University Visiting Scholar); Chandra Manning (History) and Nia Jordan (B.A. History, C ’21), Amani Morrison (English) and Matthew Pavesich (English; Writing Program).

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