ISAW to Host "Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean"

By Sebastian Heath

On Friday, October 26th, ISAW will host the one-day conference Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean (DATAM). The event is co-sponsored by the Society for Classical Studies, and the local organizers are Sebastian Heath, David Ratzan, Tom Elliott, and Patrick Burns. DATAM follows from the observation that digital resources have become an essential part of studying the languages, history, and material culture of the Ancient Mediterranean. The conference looks at how this disciplinary turn is being integrated into both undergraduate and graduate courses. An area of emphasis during the day will be current practice in recent courses, and the speakers all have considerable teaching experience. We will also address the goals of using digital methods, tools, and resources in a wide range of pedagogic and institutional settings. Digital approaches to teaching do not merely replicate earlier methods so that new possibilities for expanding the scope of curricula will be an important topic.


The list of speakers is:

Marie-Claire Beaulieu, Tufts University

Sandra Blakely, Emory University

Sarah E. Bond, University of Iowa

Anthony Bucci, Tufts University

William Caraher, University of North Dakota,

Sebastian Heath, ISAW

Eric Poehler, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Lisl Walsh, Beloit College


The talks will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Helen Cullyer, Executive Director of the Society for Classical Studies.

We anticipate that the audience and participants will tweet reactions and commentary using the hashtag #DATAM. Please do follow along if you are unable to attend.