UTEP History Department to offer digital humanities workshops

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 2:01pm

The University of Texas at El Paso History Department and Humanities Texas invite area high school teachers to attend the one-day workshop, Teaching History and Geography for the 21st Century through Digital Maps, on June 28 or July 12.

Adam Arenson, Ph.D., and doctoral candidate Aaron Margolis of the UTEP History Department received a grant from Humanities Texas for their project “Teaching History and Geography for the 21st Century Through Digital Maps.” This digital humanities initiative is a series of one-day workshops designed by high school educators for high school educators to introduce the concepts and theory of digital humanities.

The project – a partnership between UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning and leading digital mapping website, www.MapStory.org – will invite El Paso-area high school teachers to attend a one-day workshop offered throughout the year at UTEP.

Designed by the state's most successful STARR/EOC instructors and geared toward preparing students for the EOC exams, these workshops focus on introducing digital humanities concepts through the exploration of borderlands history. In addition, those attending the one-day workshop will receive a USB drive containing: four week-long lesson plans utilizing digital maps, a detailed description explaining the humanities concepts covered by each lesson plan, a copy of Mills Kelly's Teaching History in the Digital Age, and a guide to Digital Humanities websites. Finally, participants will receive a $15 gas card and a free lunch.

All workshops are held in the UTEP Liberal Arts Building, room 208. Teachers may sign up for the free workshops on www.eventbrite.com. Search for “Digital Humanities.”

To learn more about the project, contact Margolis at amargolis@utep.edu or 915-242-5036. Visit UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning website at academics.utep.edu/chtl to learn more about the project and the center’s award-winning outreach to area educators.


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