Next Up in the Digital Humanities Speaker Series: Dr. Alex Gil

Alex Gil

Alex Gil

UC Libraries is thrilled to welcome Dr. Alex Gil to campus Monday, April 6, 2015 as the second expert in our Digital Humanities Speaker Series. He will present a series of talks, all free and open to the public, to be held in 480 Langsam Library.

  • 10:00-11:30am: “Setting up Playgrounds for the Digital Humanities: Strategies to Foster and Support Digital Humanities Activities and Communities” (followed by a lunch reception)
  • 12:45-1:45pm: “Breaking the Code: The Developing Librarian Project at Columbia University Libraries” (targeted for library faculty and staff, but all are welcome)
  • 2:00-3:30pm: Keynote: “Hacking Light, Crossing Borders: Building Transnational Communities in Digital Scholarship and the Case of GO::DH” (reception to follow in 480)

Alex Gil is digital scholarship coordinator for the humanities and history at Columbia University Libraries and affiliate faculty in the department of English and Comparative Literature. He serves as a consultant to faculty, students and the library on the impact of technology on humanities research, pedagogy and scholarly communications. Recent projects include an open repository of syllabi for curricular research, a tour of digital humanities projects worldwide and other initiatives at the intersection of technology and the humanities. Dr. Gil is currently vice-chair of Global-Outlook::Digital-Humanities (GO::DH), a special interest group (SIG) of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO). The purpose of GO::DH is to help break down barriers that hinder communication and collaboration among researchers and students of the digital arts, humanities and cultural heritage sectors in high, mid and low-income economies. He is the organizer of the THATCamp Caribe series that brings the unconference model to the Caribbean region. His scholarly heart remains betrothed to Caribbean literature in the 20th century.

The development and implementation of the speaker series is part of UC Libraries’ Digital Humanities/Digital Scholarship Strategic Initiative, which aims to build engagement and awareness of digital humanities and digital scholarship within UC Libraries and the university. More about the Libraries’ Strategic Plan can be found online at

For more information, contact Arlene Johnson, associate senior librarian and digital humanities strategist, at (513) 556-1417 or via e-mail at

And don’t miss the first THATCamp University of Cincinnati (The Humanities and Technology Camp)! An “unconference” scheduled for May 4-6, 2015. Registration and more information available soon via the THATCamp University of Cincinnati website.