Barbara Cohen

Director, HumaniTech
University of California, Irvine

“Linking Humanities Faculty to Technology: The HumaniTech Model”

4 PM February 28, 2003
Dauer Hall 215 University of Florida

Barbara Cohen received her BA from SUNY Binghamton and her MA in French Literature from Columbia University. She began her career as a French teacher and editor of French travel books. In 1986, she was hired by the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Irvine as a part-time editor for J. Hillis Miller – who had just been newly recruited to UCI from Yale – a position that eventually developed into a full-time appointment that lasted for 13 years. In 1999, Cohen was invited by UCI’s School of Humanities to create and develop a new program, originally called “New Classroom Technologies in the Humanities,” and eventually renamed “HumaniTech.” She is co-editor of Material Events (University of Minnesota, 2001) with Tom Cohen, Hillis Miller, and Andrzej Warminski. She has also written numerous articles on discipline-centered approaches to instructional technology. Cohen resides in Lake Forest, California with her family, where, after 20 years, she finally acknowledges Southern Californian status.

HumaniTech was originally envisioned as a program driven by a “translator,” a person whose background was more academic than technological, who could presumably speak the language of both the tech people and the faculty. A nucleus of activities that seems common sense in concept, but is not all that common in practice in most universities, has been a model for a variety of departments and schools on campus and for other universities to which members of the HumaniTech team have been invited to speak. The program is active, dynamic, and open to the challenges of changing technologies. HumaniTech activities work toward creative solutions that actively involve both faculty and staff in meaningful collaborations focused on technological progress for teaching and research.

For more information regarding this event, contact Professor Julian Wolfreys <wolfreys@english.ufl.edu>.