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Digital Connections Across Campuses: HASTAC Scholars

HASTAC Scholars is a student-driven community of graduate and undergraduate students that represents dozens of academic disciplines and over 200 institutions, including both liberal arts colleges and R1 universities. The community generally works at the intersections of technology, the arts, humanities, and sciences, and rethinks academic research, learning, and pedagogy as it occurs in the digital age. Over the course of the academic year, HASTAC Scholars undertake a number of small projects and activities, some of which are described below.

Collaborative Book Reviews: Each year HASTAC Scholars undertake a collaborative book review. In 2023 HASTAC Scholars reviewed The New College Classroom by Cathy N. Davidson and Christina Katopodis. In 2024 HASTAC Scholars reviewed both Atlas of AI by Kate Crawford and Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein. You can find collaborative book reviews from previous years on the HASTAC Scholars website, beginning with the reviews from 2021.

Cover image of The New College Classroom book. The title and authors are printed in the center and encircled by an aerial view of multicolored classroom chairs.

Individual scholars review anywhere from one chapter to the entire contents of the selected book and workshop their writing with other scholars in an open, peer-review process. The reviews are ultimately published on the HASTAC Scholars website as blog posts and archived in the Humanities Commons open-access repository, where they can be downloaded or viewed in a web browser. Scholars also have the opportunity to interview the author(s) of the selected book and to publish their discussion online.

Digital Forums: From its inception, digital forums and research presentations have been a longstanding part of HASTAC Scholars programming. Topics have ranged from academic research, to pedagogical theory, to professional guidance. Scholars have shared their work in the form of webinars, round-table discussions, and as conference-style research presentations. Past recordings are available on a YouTube playlist compiled by the Futures Initiative at CUNY (The City University of New York) and posted on the HASTAC Scholars website.

Dialogues: In keeping with its goal of fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, in 2024 HASTAC Scholars have launched a new initiative intended to further foster meaningful interactions and the cross fertilization of ideas among students. Freeform in style, Dialogues brings together two or three scholars in different but interrelated fields to discuss the intersections of their work. Scholars may choose to share the content of their conversations as a blog post published to the HASTAC Scholars website.

Interested in learning more or curious about how to get involved? Stella Fritzell is a member of the 2022-2024 HASTAC Scholars Cohort, as well as a Digital Scholarship Graduate Assistant and a current PhD Candidate in Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies at Bryn Mawr. She is happy to answer any questions about the HASTAC Scholars program.