Teaching and Digital Tools: An ACMRS Roundtable

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This roundtable brings together Jonathan Burton, Dorothy Kim and Laura Turchi to engage in a conversation about teaching using digital tools. How can we develop pedagogies that are engaged, equitable and inclusive in the midst of a global pandemic? What tools do we have at our disposal to do so?

This event is free and digital. Registration is required to attend. You will receive a secure livestream link to the email you registered with on the day of the event.

This event will take place on August 18, 2020 at 1 p.m. Pacific / 4 p.m. Eastern.

We will have live closed captioning throughout the event.

About our speakers

Jonathan Burton is the chair of English at Whittier College where he teaches a wide range of courses on Shakespeare and early British literature, along with transcultural literature, contemporary metadrama and race narratives. In two books and numerous articles, he has focused on representations of race and religion in early modern texts, with more recent publications exploring historical and contemporary Shakespeare pedagogies. In the spring of 2019, he oversaw the Qualities of Mercy Project, a collaborative video appropriation of "The Merchant of Venice" involving students at fourteen American colleges and universities, from Hawaii to Massachusetts and Michigan to Mississippi. He is also a second-rate but enthusiastic paddle-boarder, as well as a fearless and occasionally successful chef.

Dorothy Kim teaches medieval literature at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on race, gender, digital humanities, medieval women’s literary cultures, medievalism, Jewish/Christian difference, book history, digital media and the alt-right. She has received fellowships from the SSHRC, Ford Foundation, Fulbright, Mellon and AAUW. She is the co-project director in the NEH-funded Scholarly Editions and Translations project "An Archive of Early Middle English". She is a project co-director for the Global Middle Ages Project (globalmiddleages.org) and is scheduled to co-write a book with Lynn Ramey (Vanderbilt University) on "Medieval Global Digital Humanities" for Cambridge UP for 2020. She has co-edited two collections in the Digital Humanities. The first collection, co-edited with Jesse Stommel (University of Mary Washington) on "Disrupting the Digital Humanities" (punctum books, 2018), discusses the marginal methodologies and critical diversities in the Digital Humanities. The second collection, co-edited with Adeline Koh on "Alternative Histories of the Digital Humanities" (forthcoming 2020, punctum books), examines the difficult histories of the digital humanities in relation to race, sexuality, gender, disability, fascism. She is co-editing "A Cultural History of Race in the Renaissance and Early Modern Age" (1350-1550) with Kimberly Coles (University of Maryland, College Park) with Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2019). She regularly teaches with Angel D. Nieves (Northeastern) the DHSI class at the University of Victoria: Race and Social Justice: DH Methods and Applications.

Laura Turchi teaches curriculum theory and English language arts methods at the University of Houston. Her research centers on how secondary students experience Shakespeare plays: how digital tools expand, and how matters of race and identity inform, their understanding. She co-edited the “Teaching Shakespeare” column for English Journal with Ann Christensen and co-authored "Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centered Approach" with Ayanna Thompson. Previously Dr. Turchi was clinical professor in the English Department at Arizona State University and director of The Teaching Foundations Project. For 12 years she chaired the Education Department at Warren Wilson College, in Asheville, NC. She began her career teaching secondary English language arts in Tucson, AZ and Naperville, IL.

Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Leah Newsom
Aug 18 2020 - 1:00pm