humanities computing centres, cont. (32)

Tue, 11 Apr 89 20:18:34 EDT

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 821. Tuesday, 11 Apr 1989.

Date: Tue, 11 Apr 89 08:41:00 EDT
From: MLAOD@CUVMB.bitnet
Subject: Ian Lancashire's Brave New World

Like Ian Lancashire, I too am involved in providing computer
access, technology, and training to humanities scholars,
but I do so in the service of humanities scholarship. I never
felt that my labors were, or should be, directed toward giving
humanists the confidence to "write their own ticket in the private
sector" as programmers.

Is such training truly the purpose of a humanities computer center,
as Ian states? I would argue that it is not, and further that, to
me, the most obvious role of the university is not vocational
education. I am willing, however, to stand corrected and be made
sadder but wiser by other humanists who share Ian Lancashire's

Daniel Uchitelle
Special Services, Modern Language Association