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UIndy receives Indiana Humanities Quantum Leap Grant

The University of Indianapolis Faculty Learning Community (FLC) on the Digital Humanities recently received an Indiana Humanities Quantum Leap Grant of $4,000 to cover the cost of three workshops during the 2018-19 academic year.

The University is one of more than 30 nonprofit groups to receive an Indiana Humanities grant. The grants are designed to provide the public with access to history, literature and STEM-related projects.

UIndy will hold three interactive workshops for students, faculty, staff and the community at large as part of its “Data in the Humanities: Humanities in Data” project. The events are designed to explore productive connections between humanistic inquiry and STEM fields in areas such as digital humanities, cultural analytics, data science and data mining. The workshops will create a space for participants to think about and experience how the interaction between humanities and STEM disciplines has been fundamental in our current digital world.

“The big question that our FLC had was about the practical and even potentially life-changing applications of the digital humanities, and how those could benefit our local community and our university,” explained Leah Milne, assistant professor of English and workshop planner/facilitator. “We hope that the workshops will help participants think more about using technology and of combining STEM with the humanities in socially responsible ways that are responsive to community needs.”

The first workshop, Indianapolis DataArt, is planned for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, and is open to the public. Sign up here.

Faculty involved in the project:

Eduard Arriaga, assistant professor of Spanish: Project co-director
Lochana Siriwardena, assistant professor of mathematics: Project co-director
Jessica Bannon, assistant professor of English: Workshop planner and facilitator
Leah Milne, assistant professor of English: Workshop planner and facilitator
Marisa Albrecht, library director: Workshop planner and facilitator
Mark Vopelak, archivist: Workshop planner and facilitator
Graduate student Luanna Sarah Nery Vitoy (international relations) will act as project manager.