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EMKE Meetings

Faculty and campus leaders from ACM and CIC institutions gathered at EMKE planning meetings in 2013-14 focused on two areas in the humanities and arts that seem promising for collaboration between the two groups.:

  • Digital humanities; and
  • Languages, particularly less commonly taught languages, language pedagogy, and opportunities for language sharing.

Meeting participants shared information about existing programs and the needs of their campuses, and considered ideas for collaborative initiatives, such as sharing resources and technology, teaching methodologies, and capacity.


Planning meeting: Languages

June 11-12, 2013 in Chicago, IL

At the first EMKE meeting, participants explored opportunities for cooperation in the area of language pedagogy, language sharing, and less commonly taught languages.

Planning meeting: Digital Humanities

October 25-26, 2013 at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN

The second EMKE meeting focused on the topic of digital humanities (DH) and ways that ACM and CIC institutions might collaborate on DH projects. The meeting began with panel discussions and presentations on digital humanities collaborations and projects already underway, which provided background for a series of discussions on possible projects to submit to the Mellon Foundation for funding.

Meetings in May 2014

At two follow-up meetings held in Chicago, smaller groups of participants from the initial planning meetings began to shape the ideas generated in those earlier gatherings into specific proposals for collaborations between the ACM and the CIC to present to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which provided the planning grant for the EMKE program.

  • Languages meeting on May 3, 2014
  • Digital Humanities meeting on May 15, 2014

The recommendation that grew out of these meetings was to use the remaining funds from the planning grant to fund pilot projects in which faculty from the liberal arts colleges of the ACM and the research universities of the CIC would collaborate, giving priority to two areas:

  • Partnerships in the burgeoning field of the digital humanities; and
  • Creative ways to share languages across campuses, especially for languages where student interest and teaching resources are not matched, or lack critical mass, on individual campuses.