New York Six Consortium launches speaker series with discussion on digital scholarship

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The New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium launches a new speaker series Tuesday, Jan. 29, by hosting W. Gardner Campbell, a leading scholar in digital learning and technology.

The presentation, “What is Digital Scholarship?” is at 12:55 p.m. in Union's Olin Auditorium. The discussion is free and open to the public.

Culturomics. Networked science. Big data. Digital humanities. Personal cyberinfrastructures. Computational thinking. Are these mere buzz words, or does digital scholarship offer the learned professions something truly new? Campbell will explore the question, covering areas ranging from Vannevar Bush's Memex concept to ways in which personal, networked computing offers us new ways to think about, and experience, communication, metaphoricity, and metacognition.

Gardner is director of professional development and innovative initiatives at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as associate professor of English. Gardner is a fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, was chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia from 2006 to 2008, and has served on program committees for both EDUCAUSE and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. He currently serves on the advisory board of the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and the editorial boards of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy and the Journal of Information Fluency.

He has presented at numerous national and international conferences covering areas such as Renaissance literature, film, teaching and learning technologies. Recent presentations include addresses at E-Learn 2012, SUNY-Buffalo, the Fashion Institute of Technology, the SUNY conference on Instructional Technologies, the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) E-Learn 2010 conference, and the Skelleftea campus of Umea University in Sweden. Gardner’s recent publications include articles on Milton’s prose (MLA Press), Orson Welles (Literature/Film Quarterly), separate essays on personal cyberinfrastructures, faculty development, podcasting (EDUCAUSE Review), and information technologies in higher education (Change).

Prior to his appointment at Virginia Tech, Gardner taught at Baylor University, where he served as founding director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning, and at the University of Mary Washington. He has been involved in teaching and learning technologies for nearly two decades, including work at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond, where he was director of the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology.

Gardner received his B.A. in English from Wake Forest University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia. His blog, Gardner Writes, can be viewed at

Established with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium facilitates collaboration among its member institutions through the sharing of expertise and resources. Consortium members include Colgate University, Hamilton College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Skidmore College, St. Lawrence University and Union College.

For more information, contact Amy Cronin, executive director of the New York Six, at (607) 351-5602 or at