Questions to consider for roundtable conversation

Hi everyone,

Thanks to those that provided a brief overview of their topics for Friday. Based on these, I’ve come up with a few questions to frame the roundtable conversation.

  1. In what ways does/could cartography help your students engage in the subjects you teach?
  2. How do digital tools help your students pursue research questions in the humanities? …. Or if you are working from within a design or STEM discipline, what philosophical, social, cultural, or humanistic issues arise in your technology-based classroom projects?
  3. What are the greatest difficulties you have faced when introducing social or humanistic topics into the digital classroom? What are some creative ways that you have overcome these challenges?

Here’s the outline and order of speakers:

2:15: I introduce panel theme and NEH grant concept. I will introduce speakers separately before each mini-presentation (name and department only).
2:20: Peter
2:25: Sean
2:30: Anne Leonard
2:35: Satyanand
2:40: Ting
2:45: Anne Leonhardt and Ashwin
2:55-3:15: Roundtable (open) conversation in response to above prompts. Questions from attendees, if there is time.

Please be respectful of your fellow members’ time and keep your presentations to 5 minutes or less. 

Finally, a reminder to register for the conference HERE. The conference program is also at that link.

If you have PPX slides to share, please send them to me some time before Friday morning.

I’m likely attending all day on Friday (our OpenLab colleagues are presenting with Matt Gold at 9:30am… two other City Tech groups are concurrent with our own). I won’t be at the conference on Thursday, although the Keynote on Thursday looks excellent.

Thanks! Looking forward to see you all at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street at 2pm on Friday. Please write with any questions. I can also be reached at 917-549-4343 in cases of emergency.


CUNY IT Conference talking points from Anne

  1. Course context – about teaching and learning with historic and contemporary maps in an interdisciplinary place-based class, Learning Places
  2. 19th century fire insurance maps of Brooklyn in digitized archival collections of public libraries
  3. NYPL Map Warper georectification tool in the classroom

Chris, I am working on a few slides and will send them by Monday 11/26. I hope that is not too late.

Looking forward!


CUNY IT Conference abstract

hi everyone,

Looking forward to working with you all on this. Below is the abstract Chris submitted:

The topic of our roundtable discussion derives from a recent NEH grant proposal for technological innovation in humanities classrooms at NYCCT. At the IT Conference, co-investigators on that grant will discuss the ways in which their experiences using technology in the classroom informed the development of the grant. They will also outline the intended deliverable–to create geospatial mapping tools for research on, and instruction in, Brooklyn’s social history, culture, and urban development. Co-investigators will confront a central challenge in using technology in undergraduate education: developing digital tools that are at once approachable and compelling to liberal arts students, while providing sophisticated computer-based applications that have the capacity to provide new insights into topics from the humanities.