Librarian Melanie Hubbard will be co-teaching a class with Dermot Ryan from the English department this summer, entitled "The Digital Watts Project" (ENGL 5998).
Digital Watts is a unique course that combines a study of the 1965 Watts uprising (through such lenses as literature and rhetoric) with digital humanities methods. In addition to being a great class for English and History majors, it would be a great class for students interested in librarianship. Students will work with the Southern California Library, create a digital collection online, and learn how to use digital tools in their scholarship. No prior technical skills are needed.
Registration ends Friday the 13th.
Full Course Description
Digital Watts is a digital humanities*(DH) course focused on the 1965 “Watts Uprising,” which occurred in the Watts district of Los Angeles. Students will use digital tools to examine archival material related to the uprising and to design and create a public humanities project based on it. As part of this project, students will also be working with materials from the Southern California Library, an archive and community library in south LA dedicated to documenting and making available the histories of anti-racist struggles in Southern California.
*Digital humanities involves the use of digital tools, platforms and methods to enhance and advance humanities scholarship. One question this class will explore is the following: How can DH change the way we teach and conduct humanities scholarship?
- Students will learn about archives and working in archives
- Students will gain greater digital fluency: they will gain a greater understanding of the connection between information literacy and digital literacy and will be better able to navigate the world of digital information.
- Students will learn how to use digital tools and platforms in humanities scholarship
- Students will learn how to digitize and make available online primary sources
- Students will learn how to engage with public humanities
- Students will learns how a humanities project can serve the university’s commitment to the “promotion of justice”