Digital U: Why Historians Should Be Shaping the Online World

Lecture Description

In this lecture, I reflect on several decades of transformation in our scholarly lives that have been more rapid than any other, except perhaps the 1890s, when research universities emerged as a powerful force in American life and the post-World War II years, when science and war brought millions of dollars into higher education. Historians of all ages are both excited about, and suspicious of, the role technology is playing in our teaching, scholarly and collegial lives; yet it is not an option to refuse changes we do not understand or like. Simultaneously, many of us are in the position of defending traditional curricula and pedagogies that we value; and learning the tools we need to employ to make degrees in history relevant to, and functional within, an increasingly digital environment. In this talk, I argue that the world of digital history is not a separate track: it is already embedded in everything historians do, and everything our profession can be in the future.

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Demography Digital history

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