BMC Professors and Students Featured in New York Times Article on Digital Humanities

Posted March 22nd, 2011 at 12:45 pm.

new-york-times-mastheadBryn Mawr Professors of English Katherine Rowe and Jane Hedley, as well as students Jennifer Cook ’11 and Jen Rajchel ’11, are quoted in the article “Giving Literature Virtual Life,” which appeared on the front page of the arts section of today’s New York Times.

The article leads with details of Rowe’s introductory Shakespeare class, in which students block Shakespearean scenes in an online virtual theater.

“There’s a very exciting generation gap in the classroom,” Rowe is quoted in the article. “Students are fluent in new media, and the faculty bring sophisticated knowledge of a subject. It’s a gap that won’t last more than a decade. In 10 years these students will be my colleagues, but now it presents unusual learning opportunities.”

The article goes on to highlight the digital humanities conference that took place in November, conference co-organizer Rajchel, whose digital senior thesis is on poet Marianne Moore (class of 1909), and Rajchel’s  adviser, Hedley.

Rowe has become a leading voice in digital humanities. This summer both The Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education reported on a special edition of Shakespeare Quarterly Rowe guest-edited that used the Internet to “tap the public wisdom of a crowd.” She is a leader of the Tri-College Digital Humanities Center, a joint effort of Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Swarthmore Colleges.

Patricia Cohen, the New York Times reporter who wrote the story, posted an assessment of students like Rajchel and Cook on Twitter early Tuedsay: “Those students I met at haverford, bryn mawr and swarthmore are going to rule the world someday.”

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