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Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media Receives Grant to Host Digital Humanities Summer Institute

November 4, 2013

George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (RRCHNM) recently received a grant from the Getty Foundation to host a digital humanities summer institute for art historians in 2014.

“Digital Humanities for Art Historians” will target art historians — from graduate students to mid-career and senior scholars — with varied backgrounds. Some of these individuals will include faculty, curators and established art librarians and archivists who are eager to move more deeply into the digital realm in the humanities.

“We are very grateful to the Getty Foundation for this opportunity to host a digital humanities summer institute,” says Sheila Brennan, project co-director and associate director of public projects at for RRCHNM. “Participants will leave the two-week institute with concrete digital skills and new approaches to infuse into their teaching, writing and research.”

Recognizing a significant need in this area, the Getty Foundation is sponsoring this project as part of a pilot initiative to support training workshops in digital art history. The Getty Foundation fulfills the philanthropic mission of the Getty Trust by supporting individuals and institutions committed to advancing the greater understanding and preservation of the visual arts in Los Angeles and throughout the world.

Through this initiative, Brennan and Sharon Leon, project co-director and director of public projects at RRCHNM, will be working with the Getty Foundation for the first time and will be addressing issues specific to art historians together with other members of Mason’s History and Art History Department.

Since its founding in 1994, RRCHNM has used digital media and technology to preserve and present history online, transform scholarship across the humanities and advance historical education and understanding. Each year, RRCHNM’s many project websites receive more than 20 million visitors, and more than one million people rely on its digital tools to teach, learn and conduct research.

Applications for the summer institute will be announced in early 2014.