humanities

First-Year Orientation: Welcome new students

Posted 1 year 2 months ago
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First-year Orientation sessions begin tomorrow, June 1, and we want to welcome all new students and parents who will be visiting campus for two-day tours/registration/information sessions all summer. It can be an overwhelming experience, as we well understand, though orientation has been designed with this in mind. Still, there is much to take in; the University of Georgia operates like, and offers as many services of, a small city: Where will you live? How will you get to class? Where are the dining halls? When are they open? Buses? The list is nearly endless, but hidden within these more...

The mathematics of music

Posted 1 year 3 months ago
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There's a lot more to the arts and sciences than meets the eye, especially when the great artists or inventive scientsts combine the two to let us all see something beautiful:

Physicist and saxophonist Stephon Alexander has argued in his many public lectures and his book The Jazz of Physics that Albert Einstein and John Coltrane had quite a lot in common. Alexander in particular draws our attention to the so-called “Coltrane circle,” which resembles what any musician will recognize as the “Circle of Fifths,” but incorporates Coltrane’s own innovations. Coltrane gave the drawing to...

Foster named UGA’s first Beinecke Scholar

Posted 1 year 3 months ago
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Shawn Foster, an Honors student majoring in cognitive science and linguistics, was one of 20 students nationwide selected as a Beinecke Scholar:

He is the first UGA student to receive the honor, which awards $34,000 to third-year students with demonstrated financial need who will pursue graduate studies in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

Foster plans to earn a doctorate in linguistics. A first-generation college student, he is from the 800-person town of Franklin, which is situated in west Georgia between Carrollton and LaGrange with Alabama as its closest neighbor...

Digital Humanities: the power of the computer

Posted 1 year 4 months ago
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When Emily McGinn became the first Digital Humanities coordinator at UGA, one of her first tasks was introducing people to the concept of digital humanities and their implications for faculty research and teaching across the entire campus:

"Digital humanities involves using the power of the computer to aggregate humanities information. So, for instance, instead of reading one book, you can read 1,000 books at once," McGinn said. "It enables humanities scholars to ask different research questions about the material they're studying. I wouldn't be able to ask my own brain if I read 1,...

Study in a Second Discipline: Digital Humanities

Posted 1 year 8 months ago
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English Professor Roxanne Eberle has been awarded the opportunity to work in the Provost’s Office Study in a Second Discipline program to learn more about the methods, issues, and tools in the Digital Humanities:

The main focus of this endeavor is to gain skills in TEI and XML with the goal of creating a digital edition of Amelia Alderson Opie’s letters. Opie was a well-known poet, tale writers, and novelist, whose work appeared in print from 1790-1844. She was contemporaries with Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and Lord Byron.

This project stems from Eberle’s decades...

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