3.1060 book; resource person; talk on SGML/hypertext (162)

Willard McCarty (MCCARTY@vm.epas.utoronto.ca)
Thu, 15 Feb 90 20:15:04 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 3, No. 1060. Thursday, 15 Feb 1990.

(1) Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 19:56:06 MST (32 lines)
Subject: Humanities Computing book

(2) Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 22:48:09 CST (42 lines)
From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@SMSVMA>
Subject: resource persons

(3) Date: Thu, 15 FEB 90 10:20:16 GMT (66 lines)
Subject: SGML and hypertext

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 19:56:06 MST
Subject: Humanities Computing book

Book announcement:

Humanities and the Computer: New Directions
Editor: David S. Miall
Oxford University Press (Clarendon Press), March 1990
25.00 Pounds, 232 pages. ISBN 0-19-824244-1

Authors include Peter Denley, David Bantz, Roger Martlew, David Miall,
Nicholas Morgan, Richard Trainor, Arthur Stutt, R.A. Young, Charles
Henry, Edward Friedman, Susan Hockey, John Slatin, Alan Dyer, Alison
Black, Paul Davis, Frank Knowles, Felicity Rash, and Sebastian Rahtz.

The dustjacket blurb reads as follows:

Computers are now making a significant impact on research and teaching
in the Humanities. The primary focus of this book is on assessing these
developments in a range of Humanities disciplines, from English
literature to archaeology. Does the computer challenge conceptions
about a discipline, pointing to new theoretical models and opening up
new research questions? Does the computer serve to make learning an
teaching more effective? Are there dangers in the too-ready adoption of
computer methods? Each chapter is written by an author actively
involved in the teaching of a Humanities discipline with the aid of the
computer. The book shows that imaginative use of the computer will
serve both to defend and enhance the distinctive values of the

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 90 22:48:09 CST
From: Charles Ess <DRU001D@SMSVMA>
Subject: resource persons

The yearly Summer Seminar for Drury faculty is titled "The canon: whose
is it, and where is it pointed?" -- and is largely concerned with
questions of "canonicity," e.g., how do "canons" emerge in especially
the Western tradition (reflecting what political/economic/social/gender/
race/class/ethnicity factors); what roles do educational institutions
play in defining, transmitting, and reforming the canons; and, in the
age of electronic text, the fluid word, and the global village, what
canons, if any, should we be teaching.

We do _not_ want to simply repeat the Stanford debates regarding
curriculum reform -- though much of our discussion will take place with
an eye towards reform of both general studies curriculum and a Freshman
Studies program currently focused on Western literary and philosophical

We _do_ seek a resource person with an exceptionally broad, multi-
disciplinary and multicultural overview of the issues involved, including
awareness of questions raised by gender/race/class/ethnicity differences.
This person will be invited to reside on our campus for ca. 1 week, pre-
ferably in May, to direct intensive reading and discussion among faculty
selected to participate in the seminar. Expenses, per diem, and a fairly
generous stipend will be provided to the resource person.

This query is both a request for suggestions from fellow HUMANISTS
regarding more specific foci (perhaps as a result of similar discussions
and concerns on your own campus) AND/OR a request for nominations for/
applications to serve as such a resource person.

Queries and replies should be sent to:

Dr. Charles Ess BITNET: DRU001D@SMSVMA
Philosophy and Religion Applelink: U1066
Drury College
900 N. Benton Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802
(417) 865-8731

Thanks in advance --
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Date: Thu, 15 FEB 90 10:20:16 GMT
Subject: SGML and hypertext

HUMANISTs within reach of Oxford might like to know that Steve DeRose
will be giving a talk on SGML and hypertext at the Computers in
Teaching Initiative Centre for Literature and Linguistic Studies,
Oxford University Computing Service on 1 March 1990. This is part
of an afternoon on 'Hypertext in the Humanities'

Susan Hockey
CTI Centre for Literature and Linguistic Studies
CTI Centre for Literature and Linguistic Studies

'Hypertext in the Humanities'

The following talks will be given on Thursday 1 March 1990 at Oxford
University Computing Service, 13 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6NN, starting
at 2.15pm

Steven DeRose (Providence, RI),
"Navigating highly structured text: SGML and Hypertext for
Humanistic Research"?

Two recent developments in information management systems
combine to suggest a computing environment well suited to the
needs of humanities scholars. SGML provides not just a standard
for text encoding, but one which emphasizes the conceptual or
authorial, rather than the mechanical or typographic. Hypertext
provides a range of tools which allow users to navigate efficiently
through large collections of literature, just as the tools of
librarianship do now. This talk will describe goals for a system
which can effectively support humanists in their normal work of
research, writing, and communication.

Elli Mylonas (Harvard),
"The Perseus Project: An Electronic Library and Laboratory for the

The Perseus Project is building a hypertextual database of
textual and visual material pertaining to Classical Greece.
This talk will discuss how and why Perseus is being made, and
the scholarly issues that have arisen as it comes into being.
It will be accompanied by a demonstration.

Robin Cover (Dallas)
"Online Biblical Reference Tools: Easing the Burden of Foreign Language
Learning in Theological Education."

Professor Cover will discuss the results of the CDWord project
(Dallas, Texas) in which a number of original-language biblical
texts, English translations, Greek lexicons, grammatical databases
and other tools have been placed in a hypertext environment to
facilitate easier access to the biblical texts. The digitized
reference tools have been structured with SGML markup.

If you would like to attend these talks, please contact Grazyna
Cooper, 13, Banbury Road, Oxford, phone 0865-273225, e-mail: