Anyone who wants to learn more about Dunbar’s life and works will be able to consult the primary source materials without having to travel to an archive.
Speed’s project co-directors are Minnita Daniel-Cox, associate professor of music, and Ju Shen, assistant professor of computer science. In 2018, they received a one-year, $35,000 NEH planning grant to support a series of campus workshops in which faculty and staff from across the University, as well as community partners, provided input on the project.
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The project aims to integrate computer science with a number of humanities and social sciences disciplines with Dunbar-related materials.
“This interdisciplinary project particularly benefits our computer science students, who usually focus on technology development but do not pay much attention to experiential learning and location-based education,” said Shen, whose research and teaching focuses on virtual reality (VR). “The Dunbar project gives us a concrete example to link our technologies to a real story that happened in the local place, which motivates many students to design interactive VR systems to recover Dunbar’s real life.”
The project leadership team is now recruiting the first faculty cohort to create or revise interdisciplinary courses, which will be offered starting in fall 2021, according to a university release.