College of Arts and Sciences

Technology Workshop for Humanities

Program Information

Creative Explorations: Digital Technology and the Humanities
Saint Joseph’s University
March 24, 2010
4:00-6:00 PM
Banquet Hall South, Campion Student Center


The Office of the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Classics Program, and Faculty Development Committee of Saint Joseph’s University cordially invite you to a faculty workshop:

Ann R. Raia, Professor of Classics Emerita, College of New Rochelle
Online Companion to the Worlds of Roman Women contains a wide variety of Latin texts about or by (rarely) Roman women, hyperlinked with lexical and stylistic information targeted at the intermediate-level reader, and images of Roman artifacts that illustrate the Latin passages and the different social classes and activities of women. The site also contains pedagogical materials and resources for independent research on topics relating to Roman women, who are under-represented in the canonical primary sources.  Ann Raia will demonstrate the concept and design of the site, which can be adapted to other languages and subjects.  The project has stimulated lively conversation, research, and online publication both within Latin classrooms at all levels and among colleagues in the discipline. Companion link: http://www2.cnr.edu/home/araia/companion.html

Barbara F. McManus, Professor of Classics Emerita, College of New Rochelle
Barbara McManus will demonstrate VRoma's online simulation of the ancient city of Rome as an example of a website that is truly interactive. This 2-D multi-user virtual environment provides a space where students can experience Rome, not just understand it, creating a context for learning about ancient social life by enacting it. Citizens of VRoma can build their own houses, stroll through the Forum, visit the Baths, the Colosseum, or the Circus Maximus, worship in temples, and gossip with other VRomans in English or in Latin; they can visit the Mint to see how coins are made, and soon they will also be able to earn and spend their own Roman coins. This type of imaginative and playful interaction, made possible only through the magic of digital technology, promotes creative exploration--active and self-regulated learning. VRoma link: http://www.vroma.org/


Aimée Knight, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Saint Joseph’s University
The Aesthetic Toolbox is a heuristic that allows teachers in all disciplines in the humanities to easily enhance their class material with paintings, photography, music, poetry, and architecture. Using six key concepts (feeling, design, movement, familiarity, vocabulary and idea), the Aesthetic Toolbox offers a system to guide students through a work of art and build a vocabulary to communicate meaningfully about aesthetic concepts. This presentation demonstrates the online Toolbox and offers activities that help students develop arguments and produce thoughtful, critical projects connecting key aesthetic concepts. Aesthetic Toolbox link: http://cisah.msu.edu/inact/aesthetic_toolbox/