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Salem State to create digital humanities network

Salem State University plans to spearhead a new initiative to promote education and advancements in digital humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities is providing the university with $40,000 to create a network of public, regional universities that will share best practices in adopting, teaching, and research in the growing field, which refers to the use of computer technology to help teach subjects such as history and literature. “This network will allow regional universities across the US access to a community of practitioners as they work to bring digital humanities to those they serve,” said Roopika Risam, Salem State English professor, who joined with archives librarian Susan Edwards to secure the grant. The effort will begin with a conference at Salem State next July at which educators will share curricular goals and explore the types of professional development needed to help advance the field.

John Laidler can be reached at john.laidler@globe.com.