What Are The Digital Humanities?

We define the digital humanities as scholarship that seeks to better understand human experience through digital research tools, public-facing interpretation, and public engagement/community-based work. The humanities, broadly defined, stretch across all aspects of human culture. How do we make meaning? How do we wield power? How do we make lives and create representations of our experiences? At UMSL, we seek to infuse digital humanities work across humanities and social science coursework, using the methods to promote engaged learning, strengthen our community engagement tradition, and enrich the way we approach our research.

Melba Roy in the 1960s led a group of human computers who tracked the Echo satellites in NASA.
Photo courtesy of the National Archives.