By Rachel Rochester and Heidi Kaufman
Before we get to this week’s podcast, a quick reminder that Cinema Studies at UO is hosting an exciting talk by Tara Knight, “Hatsune Miku: The Crowd Sourced Hologram.” The event takes place on Friday, March 3, from 10-11 a.m. in the graduate student lounge of Susan Campbell Hall. Hatsune Miku is a singing, dancing hologram collaboratively created by hundreds of thousands of people: watch a video about it here. If you’re planning to attend, please RSVP by 8:00 a.m. Monday, February 20th.
This week on the DH Podcast, I sat down with Laura Sanders and Kathi Inman Berens.
Laura Sanders currently teaches as an adjunct for community colleges in Oregon and California. She also currently serves as teaching learning center coordinator, online English faculty mentor, and community-based learning coordinator for Portland Community College. Laura has taught composition and rhetoric at private research institutions, small liberal arts colleges, state universities, and community colleges. In recent years, she has served as co-editor of an accreditation self-study, interim grants officer, and academic department assessment coach. Combining her passions for professional development and social justice, she continues to seek the sweet spot between digital humanities and online community-based learning.
Kathi Inman Berens is Assistant Professor of Book Publishing and Digital Humanities in Portland State University’s English department. Kathi adjuncted for three years between full-time jobs, and aims to open avenues of access for adjuncts and other faculty at non-elite institutions to practice digital humanities. As an adjunct, Kathi was appointed the Fulbright Scholar of Digital Culture to Norway 2014-15. In addition to her work in DH, electronic literature and video games, Kathi specializes in digital pedagogy. She authored the forthcoming: “Sharing Precarity: Adjuncts, Global DH and Care” for the Debates in Digital Humanities 2017 collection (U. Minnesota Press), and curated the keyword “Interface” for Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities, MLA’s first open access publication. Kathi lectures, delivers workshops, and consults about digital pedagogy and online learning.
I asked Laura and Kathi to recount and elaborate upon some of the main themes from their recent presentation at MLA as part of “DH 101: Revisiting the Introduction to Digital Humanities Course.” We had the chance to dive more deeply into the importance of adjuncts in the digital humanities, how DH can serve as a tool for social justice, and the false neutrality of digital tools among a variety of other topics.
I encourage you to check out the excellent DH materials Kathi and Laura have uploaded to MLA Commons. Kathi also mentions her excellent article, “Want to ‘Save the Humanities’? Pay Adjuncts to Learn Digital Tools,” which can be found here.
If you’re interested in reading more on some of today’s topics, our guests were gracious enough to send over some links, which I’ll include below. Happy listening!
- Reclaim Hosting
- Reading Writing Interfaces, by Lori Emerson
- FemTechNeton the precedent of decentralized authority and feminist social justice work
- Tara McPherson, Designing for Difference
- Vectors Journal
- Amy Earhart, Traces of the Old, Uses of the New
- Ben Casselman. “Shut Up About Harvard: A Focus on Elite Schools Ignores the Issues Most College Students Face.”
- Research from The College Board and National Student Clearinghouse Research Center showcasing trends in the number of undergraduate students studying at community colleges.
- Community-Based Learning is a method of engineering metacognitive assignments, so that students reflect on experiences to achieve academic outcomes. Here’s an outline from Portland Community College.
- Laura McKenna, “The Cost of an Adjunct”
- Jordan Weissmann, “Someone Calculated How Many Adjunct Professors Are on Public Assistance, and the Number is Startling”
- Seth Freed Wessler, “Your College Professor Could Be on Public Assistance”