In the interest of being a good public citizen, James Madison University will be cancelling or postponing all events hosted at JMU’s facilities between Monday, March 16 and at least Sunday, April 5. This includes events hosted by the university, and community and student organizations. As a result, this year’s Virginia Humanities Conference is cancelled.
For those of you who registered for the Virginia Humanities Conference, please know that we will begin refunding fees early next week. For most of you, this should be a fairly simple process of returning funds through PayPal or a credit card or returning/shredding a check. Please note that refunds will only be provided for individual registrants; institutional fees are annual and support the VHC in its year round activities. These will not be refunded.
Information about rescheduling the conference will be forthcoming as soon as possible.
If you have any questions regarding refunding fo fees, please contact VHC Treasurer Kirk Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest in the Virginia Humanities Conference and stay healthy.
Saturday Workshop for Participants: “Enhancing Digital Humanities”
Saturday, March 28, Shayne Brandon will be leading a workshop for participants on “Enhancing Digital Humanities.” He will be sharing tools and techniques that facilitate story-telling and accessibility by doing more with 3D models, 360 degree photography, audio, and video by combining the different types of media to create art, talking models, and virtual tours.
Shayne Brandon is a Photogrammetry and 3D model visualization specialist at the University of Virginia. He uses aerial photography and photogrammetry to augment ground-based LIDAR scan data in order to form complete 3D models of historic sites. In addition to these tools, Shayne uses high-resolution 360 degree cameras to capture immersive photographs and video. He enjoys using new technology to capture moments in time and sharing the results with others.
We are proud to announce that the 2020 keynote speaker will be William Egginton, speaking on the subject of “A Humanities for Fractured Times.”
As we are told almost daily, we live in a divisive age. Can our democracy survive the new political reality wherein each faction not only claims the right to its own facts, but even to its very reality? Using the lenses of cultural history, literature, and political thought, Professor Egginton argues for a vision of humanistic education as central to the very survival of democratic governance.
Egginton holds the Decker and Mellon Chairs in the Humanities and is the inaugural director of the Alexander Grass Humanities Institute at the Johns Hopkins University. Previously he was vice-dean for graduate education of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins, and was chair of the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures for six years. He is the author, editor, or translator of more than a dozen books on such topics as the relationship between literature and philosophy; religion and politics; and science and the humanities. His self-authored books include How the World Became a Stage (2003), Perversity and Ethics (2006), A Wrinkle in History (2007), The Philosopher’s Desire (2007), The Theater of Truth (2010), In Defense of Religious Moderation (2011), The Man Who Invented Fiction: How Cervantes Ushered In the Modern World (2016), Medialogies: Reading Reality in the Age of Inflationary Media (2017, with David Castillo), and The Splintering of the American Mind: Identity Politics, Inequality, and Community on Today’s College Campuses (2018).