Friday, April 6
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Pendleton West 201
Supervised arts and crafts and board games for children are available (please click Register for details).
12:00  Doors open
Pendleton West 201

Arrive for registration and lunch.

12:30  Welcome
Pendleton West 201

Welcome by Evelina Gužauskytė and David O'Steen.

Shifting (the) Boundaries: Introduction by Evelina Gužauskytė

Opening Remarks by Provost Andrew Shennan, Dean of the College, and Ravi Ravishanker, Chief Information Officer.

Lunch will be served.

1:00 - 1:45  Breaking Boundaries: Spotlight on Blended Methods
Pendleton West 201

Moderator: David O’Steen
Associate Director, Andrew W. Mellon Blended Learning Initiative; Director, Research & Instructional Support, Wellesley College

Claire Fontijn and Laura Jeppesen
Music, Wellesley College
Bringing the Past to the Present: Hands-On History Using Digital Pedagogy
Performers: Ariana Carter ‘18, Kisha James ’21, and Andrew Arceci (Director of Wellesley's Collegium Musicum)

Tom Hodge and Aubrey Simonson ‘19
Russian, Wellesley College
Inside Anna Karenina’s Train Car: Expanding the Possibilities of Literary Studies with Virtual Reality

Adam Van Arsdale and Kamile Lukosiute '19
Anthropology, Wellesley College
Digital Tools and Hands-On Learning: Virtual Reality Evolutionary Anatomy Lab

Pendleton West 201

Moderator: Evelina Gužauskytė
Faculty Director, Andrew W. Mellon Blended Learning Initiative; Associate Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College

Drawing Knowledge, Seeing Interpretation: Visualizing Interpretation in Research and Pedagogy

One of the conspicuous features of Digital Humanities has been the adoption of quantitative methods for analytic purposes. With these has come an engagement with visualizations developed for the natural and social sciences, with their positivist assumptions about knowledge and its expression in a set of graphical conventions. Do humanists need to challenge these conventions—and assumptions—to visualize interpretation? Are the foundations of humanistic epistemology served by the adoption of these techniques? In teaching visualization, one of the methods of exploring these questions is simply to draw in the classroom, giving students a chance to conceptualize the processes of visualization in advance of making use of computational tools. This talk presents an array of thought experiments for modeling interpretation as a visual and epistemological activity while suggesting ways of using intuition and experience in innovative approaches to pedagogy and research.

3:15 - 3:30  Break
Pendleton West 201
3:30 - 4:30  Panel I. Rethinking Disciplinary Boundaries: Discourses, Visualization, Practice
Pendleton West 201

Moderator: Kathryn Lynch
Katharine Lee Bates and Sophie Chantal Hart Professor of English, Wellesley College

Dave Olsen
Art, Wellesley College
Moving Away from the Disciplines: New Media and the Arts

Nick Knouf
Cinema and Media Studies, Wellesley College
Digital Humanities and the Pedagogy of the Bauhaus

Hélène Bilis
French, Wellesley College
Mapping Fiction: Social Networks and the Novel

4:30 - 5:00  Light reception
Pendleton West 201


The symposium is free and open to the public. Please register by March 31 to help us with the planning.

Saturday, April 7
8:30 am - 5:00 pm in the Library Lecture Room and the Brackett Room, Clapp Library
8:30  Coffee and pastries
Library Lecture Room
9:00 - 9:45  Plenary Session. Ryan Cordell (Northeastern University)
Library Lecture Room

Moderator: Ruth Rogers
Curator of Special Collections, Wellesley College

What Are You Doing in an English Department, Anyway?

9:45 - 10:45  Roundtable: Digital Humanities at a Liberal Arts Institution: Disciplinary Boundaries, Revisited
Library Lecture Room

Evelina Gužauskytė
Faculty Director, Andrew W. Mellon Blended Learning Initiative; Associate Professor of Spanish, Wellesley College
Hélène Bilis
Associate Professor of French, Wellesley College

Bryan Burns (Classical Studies, Wellesley College), Catherine Delcourt (Computer Science, Wellesley College), Elizabeth Minor (Anthropology, Wellesley College), Liza Oliver (Art, Wellesley College), & Julie Walsh (Philosophy, Wellesley College)

10:45 - 11:00  Break
Library Lecture Room
11:00 - 12:30  Plenary Session. Gender and Race-Specific Boundaries and Opportunities for Inclusion
Library Lecture Room

Moderator: Smitha Radhakrishnan
Luella LaMer Associate Professor of Women's Studies; Associate Professor of Sociology, Wellesley College

Orit Shaer
Computer Science, Wellesley College
Understanding Gaming Perceptions and Experiences in a Women’s College Community

Roopika Risam
English, Salem State University
Knowing Your (Intersectional) History: A Jigsaw Approach to Undergraduate Digital Humanities Research

Angel David Nieves
History, San Diego State University
Blended Methods for 3D Digital Editions & the Black Spatial Humanities: 'Messy-Thinking and Writing' of Apartheid-Era Crimes in the Digital Humanities

12:30 – 1:30  Lunch break: Informal Roundtable Discussion
The Brackett Room

Take a lunch break and engage with colleagues in an informal roundtable.

1:30 - 2:45  Panel II. How Does Learning Extend Past the Limits of the Classroom?
Library Lecture Room

Moderator: Rebecca Darling
Assistant Director of Instructional Technology, Wellesley College

Daniela Bartalesi-Graf
Italian, Wellesley College

From MOOCs to Campus: Learning Strategies for Inclusion

Justin Armstrong
Anthropology / Writing, Wellesley College
Breaking the Fourth Wall: Examining Methods and Applications of Blended Learning in Undergraduate Field Research

Alla Epsteyn, Marina Eneva, and Alissa Tinney
Russian, Wellesley College
Creating Video Materials to Expand Cultural Competence

Sarah Wall-Randell
English, Wellesley College
Transitioning from a Traditional Classroom to an Online Course: Perils and Opportunities

Sun Hee Lee
East Asian Languages and Literatures, Wellesley College
Enhancing Spoken Proficiency Using Online Activities

2:45 - 3:00  Break
Library Lecture Room
3:00 - 4:15  Closing Keynote by John Wall (North Carolina State University)
Library Lecture Room

Moderator: Simon Grote
Assistant Professor of History, Wellesley College

The Epistemology of Digital Modeling, or, In the Digital Humanities, How do We Know that what we Know is Knowledge? (Virtual St. Paul’s Cathedral Project)

Digital modeling enables us to bring together things we know about past worlds in a richer and more coherent way than we have in the past. In the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, for example, we have been able to integrate into a single model all we know or can infer from the historical record about the appearance of a small but important part of early modern London, the northeast corner of the churchyard outside St Paul’s Cathedral, a place that was, simultaneously, the largest open area in all of England’s largest city, the center of the English book trade when the printing press was the new technology, and the site of a weekly sermon that is reported to have attracted crowds of up to 6,000 people. In the process, however, we have created a model that encourages us to think in new ways about the events that took place in this space. Sometimes, this takes us back to the historical record with new questions in mind. But, sometimes, our experience with this model suggests possibilities for which there is no support in the historic record. At that point, secure only in the knowledge that all that can be known is built into our models, we confront issues of what constitutes knowledge in the humanities.

4:30 - 5:00  Concluding Remarks: Moving Forward
Library Lecture Room

Join us for a celebratory toast and light reception!


The symposium is free and open to the public. Please register by March 31 to help us with the planning.


Questions? Contact Evelina Gužauskytė ( or David O'Steen ( To learn more about the Blended Learning Initiative at Wellesley College, visit the Blended Learning Initiative website.

If you need disability-related accommodations, please see Wellesley College Disability Services or email