Magic Supported Course Uses Digital Tools to Access the Past

June 15, 2021
A StoryMap platform published on the course's github website provides a visual, geographic representation of the earliest sections of Nellie Martin Wade's journal.

How have “revolutions” in communications’ technologies altered the course of human history? Is it true that the printing press made the Reformation possible? Are social media platforms destroying democracy?

To explore these questions and dive into the latest advances in communications’ technologies, students in the spring 2021 Humanistic Studies course, “A History of Words: Technologies of Communication from Cuneiform to Coding (HUM 331/HIS 336),” examined cutting-edge digital archives and applied new tools that are transforming how historians engage with the past. 

Melissa Reynolds, lecturer in the Council of the Humanities, History, and Humanistic Studies and Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows, designed this new interdisciplinary digital humanities course with support from the Humanities Council’s Magic Project.

Read the full story on the Princeton University Library homepage.

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