The Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library will host the Humanities and Technology conference, known as THATCamp HBCU, June 14 and 15.

An international movement to educate and connect scholars in digital humanities, THATCamp HBCU expands the format to specifically address the needs of HBCU faculty, staff, and students. The first THATCamp for historically Black colleges and universities, THATCamp 2012 is organized specifically to address the need to involve more African-Americans in the research, teaching and development of digital humanities.

Michelle Kassorla, a lecturer at Clark Atlanta University, was inspired to start THATCamp HBCU when she attended a THATCamp conference for liberal arts  colleges last year.  “I looked around the room, and I said to myself, ‘Where are all the people of color?’” Kassorla said. “After teaching at CAU for a few years, and expecting to see African-American scholars on a daily basis, I was shocked when confronted with a room full of mostly White males. I wanted to hold a THATCamp that encouraged the participation of HBCU scholars in the new and emerging field of digital humanities.”

Digital humanities lives at the intersection of the humanities and computing. It probes unique lines of inquiry that are concerned with the role and use of technology and its impact on people — including the use of “big data” in research, and the integration of digital tools in teaching. Scholars are interested in the development, implementation and use of different tools as well as how people interact with technology. Questions of access, ease of use, sustainability, and curation are central to the field.

Registration is still open for this free conference. Approximately 60 participants from HBCUs as far away as Texas are expected to attend. For more information please visit THATCamp. – Michelle Kassorla is a lecturer at Clark Atlanta University.