Lafayette is poised to become a national leader among liberal arts colleges in digital scholarship thanks to a $700,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will support the training of faculty and students in digital humanities methods, foster collaborative projects, and integrate the digital humanities further into the curriculum.
The grant coincides wit Alison Byerly becoming the College’s 17th president. She has lectured widely on emerging forms of digital scholarship and the changing role of the humanities in the digital age.
The grant will help the College build on innovative work such as the EXCEL Scholars program, allowing more students majoring in the humanities and social sciences to collaborate with
faculty, and Skillman Library’s Digital Scholarship Services.
Faculty will increase their understanding of, use, and further development of digital humanities through workshops, lecturers, and research and conference travel. Also, the grant will help recruit a postdoctoral fellow.