To create a sustained and integrated system of support, training, and research implementation that will not simply ‘bring DH to Claremont,’ but will make the consortium a model community of learning where digital humanities methods and tools inform the work of humanities scholars and students at all levels.
– Mellon Grant Proposal
In 2014, the five undergraduate colleges of the Claremont University Consortium—Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps—received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to strengthen and expand digital humanities (DH) teaching and scholarship across the Claremont Colleges and beyond.
The emerging field of DH studies the interactions between literature, art, performance, history, electronic media, data analysis and new technologies, placing these interactions at the center of humanities research and pedagogy and deepening our understanding of human culture. The digital humanities initiative will focus on four areas aimed at creating a collaborative, vibrant DH community at the colleges: summer training institutes; course development; a new collaborative digital research studio; and community programming.
In November 2016, the DH team crafted the following vision statement to describe how the team will carry out this mission and what kind of community we hope to build:
DH@CC is an open, inclusive community that welcomes all members of the Claremont Colleges, regardless of their status or position. It is collaborative, affirming, transformative, and provides space to experiment, fail, learn, and grow. This community brings faculty, students, librarians, and staff together to produce and share knowledge as well as scholarship that meet the high academic standards of the colleges.