The Hum Lab: A Consortial Workshop

February 28th–March 1st, 2014
The Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities
Haverford College

Sponsored by the Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC); organized by Carleton, Grinnell, Haverford, Wellesley, Wesleyan, and Smith Colleges

Liberal arts colleges focus extensively on faculty-student partnerships in intensive scholarly encounters.

Three major shifts–(1) in technology, (2) in non-disciplinary arts practices, and (3) in humanistic encounters across the curriculum and in the public sphere–offer rich opportunities for Humanities Centers of the Selective Liberal Arts Consortium (SLAC) to lead our institutions in new models of humanistic enterprise. One promising model is that of the Humanities Lab, which features faculty directors supervising teams of student collaborators. These labs might include faculty/students from various divisions who are interested in innovative humanistic approaches to liberal arts scholarship.

On February 28th–March 1st, 2014, Haverford College’s Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities will host an Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges (AALAC) workshop welcoming Humanities Center directors and key faculty partners from twelve AALAC institutions. Drawing on successful Humanities Lab initiatives at research institutions including Duke University, the various Centers and faculty will explore how liberal arts colleges might adapt these projects to their sizes and various missions. The Centers imagine versatile and vital small group lab endeavors that focus on praxis, creativity, research projects, and/or innovative digital building. A crucial component will be work that draws students, staff and faculty together in new configurations.

The keynote speaker for the workshop is Ian Baucom, Professor of English and Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. Baucom is also President of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) International Advisory Board. Also joining us for the workshop are Matthew Battles (Principal and Associate Director) and Cristoforo Magliozzi (Project Coordinator) of Harvard metaLAB.

For more information, contact Laura McGrane, Associate Professor of English and Koshland Director, Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, Haverford College: lmcgrane@haverford.edu