Digital Humanities on the Hill is an ambitious four-year project to explore and develop the digital humanities at St. Olaf College. The project, launched at the beginning of 2014, is funded by a $700,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The project provides St. Olaf faculty in the humanities and related fields with tools to explore new ways of teaching and new lines of inquiry for their research. The Digital Humanities on the Hill project also enables students to learn digital research methodologies relevant to careers in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
“Our goal is to ensure that humanities research remains as powerful and significant in the future as it has been in the past,” says St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ’74. “There is considerable interest among our faculty in drawing on digital technologies, collections, and applications for their teaching and research.”
The Mellon Foundation grant provides substantial support for faculty development in the digital humanities. The grant provides opportunities for St. Olaf students to work as digital humanities interns or participate in mentored undergraduate research. An instructional technology specialist and a faculty director assist both faculty and students in achieving the project’s goals.
Digital Humanities on the Hill builds on the college’s existing instructional technology expertise as well as experience gained through a previous Mellon grant awarded to St. Olaf, Carleton, and Macalester colleges in 2012.
With the help of this grant, St. Olaf aims to increase significantly the number of humanities courses and research projects that utilize digital humanities techniques and resources.