The Franklin Humanities Institute – North Carolina Central University Digital Humanities Fellowship program is currently based at the Digital Humanities Initiative at FHI (DHI@FHI). Inaugurated in 2016-17 under the aegis of the FHI’s Mellon Humanities Futures initiative, the fellowships are designed to increase the uses of DH tools and methods in the NCCU classroom. This initiative builds upon a decade of collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities faculty at the Franklin Humanities Institute, which began in 2008 as an FHI-based residential fellowship program and later evolved into the University-level visiting faculty fellowships under the Mellon Humanities Writ Large grant.
The FHI-NCCU DH Fellows program consists of a year-long series of workshops, geared toward both the theoretical and practical aspects of the digital humanities. Fellows are expected to create a new course or significantly revise an old one for inclusion in their regular teaching cycle. While its primary focus is pedagogical, the program also supports DH-related research projects and professional development opportunities for fellows.
This initiative is led at Duke by Dr. Victoria Szabo, Director of the DHI@FHI and Research Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies. Drs. Matthew Cook, Joshua Nadel, and Kathryn Wymer serve as faculty coordinators at NCCU. The support of the NCCU College of Arts and Sciences has been critical at every stage of planning.
The initiative was featured in the Summer 2018 issue of the NCCU Now Magazine: