Campus News

January 13, 2012

Welcome to Spring Semester

Digital scholar pioneer to inaugurate DiSC

Stewart Varner, digital scholarship coordinator for DiSC, and graduate students view a project in the new Research Commons.

The grand opening of Emory's Research Commons features a talk, "Seeing Time," by digital historian Ed Ayers on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Woodruff Library's Jones Room.

The Digital Scholarship Commons, inaugural tenant of the Research Commons, is bringing Ayers, president of the University of Richmond and a digital humanities scholar for 20 years whose specialty is the American South, notably the Civil War. He "was at the top of our list" to speak, says DiSC fellow Brian Croxall.

Following a Q&A, a wine and cheese reception will be held in the newly developed space on Level 3 of the Woodruff Library. The Research Commons has been operational there since October, but all aspects will be completed by Feb. 1, notes Croxall.

The Research Commons offers space, expertise and project management assistance to faculty members and graduate students with innovative multidisciplinary projects. DiSC's digital scholarship workshop series continues this semester, and a symposium to examine accessibility in digital humanities is being planned for April.

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