Working With Digital Humanities Students in Museums

MCN 2016 New Orleans, LA The emergence of Digital Humanities programs in colleges and universities has had the fortuitous side effect of producing students with skills that museums desperately need. Digital Humanities students are fluent in digital interpretation, accustomed to using empirical data to illustrate theoretical arguments, and trained to think critically about our institutions. They have a lot to offer museums, and museums have a lot to offer them in turn. This panel will explore the possibilities of forging partnerships between Museums and Digital Humanities programs, and the conditions necessary for making those partnerships meaningful, sustainable, and mutually beneficial. Session Leader : Philip Leers, Project Manager, Digital Initiatives, Hammer Museum Co-Presenter : Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, Michigan State University Museum Speaker : Brinker Ferguson, PhD candidate, University of California Santa Cruz Speaker : Alex Gonzalez, Public Programs Fellow, The Studio Museum in Harlem/The Museum of Modern Art Speaker : Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities Coordinator, Michigan State University Presenting Sponsor: