April 27 ‘Into the Archives’ workshop targets humanities, with visiting UNC prof

Reid Barbour, an award-winning author and professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Monday, April 27, to lead “Into the Archives! A Pedagogy Workshop.” The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Archives and Area Research Center on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library. Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet, a member of the Humanistic Studies faculty and UNC alumna, arranged the workshop through a Teaching Enhancement Grant from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She says serious, historically oriented research in the humanities is making a comeback, as open-access digital archives allow instructors in all fields to teach primary texts. Barbour’s workshop for educators is informed by his UNC graduate course Into the Archives, and will cover strategies and readings that:

• empower students to believe in the value of archival work
• encourage them to pursue independent research
• unlock and analyze physical and digital archives
• engage the issues and choices at stake
• and effectively utilize UW-Green Bay archival resources

Nesvet says participants are invited to come to the workshop with ideas for taking UW-Green Bay students into the archives, or to generate ideas during and after the workshop. There are 15 workshop places available. To RSVP, or ask questions, contact Prof. Nesvet.

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More on Barbour — Worth mentioning about Prof. Reid Barbour, the guest presenter at the April 27 teaching development workshop, is his honorable mention recognition in the 2014 Modern Language Association competition for Best Scholarly Edition. He was recognized for Complete Works of Lucy Hutchinson, Volume One: The Lucretius Translation (OUP, 2011). The recipient of several awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching, he has written or edited books including Sir Thomas Browne: A Life (Oxford UP, 2013) and, for the Oxford edition of his complete works, Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici.

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