St. Bonaventure will host its first ever THATCamp, an informal gathering of humanists and technologists where fun and spontaneity are the focus.
THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technologies Camp,” an open “unconference” where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn together in sessions proposed on the spot. More informal and spontaneous than a conference, a THATCamp creates most of its agenda during the first session of the day, rather than weeks or months in advance.
Hosted by St. Bonaventure’s Department of History and Friedsam Memorial Library on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in Doyle Hall, the event is free of charge, although participants must register in advance.
THATCamps are all about engaging in free-form discussion, having fun and being productive, all while maintaining a collegial atmosphere, said Dr. Phillip Payne, St. Bonaventure professor of history and department chair. While they are of particular interest to graduate students, scholars, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, developers and programmers, K-12 teachers, administrators and managers, non-professionals are welcome as well.
The day begins with a 9 a.m. talk by Bryan Mayer about the use of games in teaching. Mayer is the author of “Libraries Got Game: Aligned Learning through Modern Board Games” and the designer of Freedom: The Underground Railroad, a cooperative game that looks at the Underground Railroad before the Civil War. Participants can win either of these items as door prizes.
Following Mayer’s talk, the unconference attendees will plan the rest of the day’s discussion topics and activities.
Participants are invited to propose a session that will educate others about a topic of their choice.
For details about the event, to see the agenda, and to register for free, go to http://bonas16.thatcamp.org/. For more information, contact Dr. Phillip Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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