Today we’re excited to announce Drs. Adam Arenson (left) and Scott Nesbit (right) as co-chairs of a Humanities Advisory Council that will guide the mapstory.org global data commons towards the needs and aspirations of scholars across the humanities disciplines.
Adam Arenson is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso, where he is overseeing a team that is using MapStory to teach history and geography in high-school settings, through a Humanities Texas grant. Arenson earned his Ph.D. at Yale in 2008, and in September he will become an associate professor of history and the director of the Urban Studies Program at Manhattan College. Nesbit is currently the associate director of the University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab where he has overseen the Visualizing Emancipation project, among others. He has a PhD in History from the University of Virginia and writes about space, place, and the end of slavery in the American Civil War.
We at MapStory have followed the digital humanities work of Dr. Arenson and Dr. Nesbit for some time, and admire them as emerging leaders in the field. We know MapStory will become a stronger community due to their leadership and involvement.
Here’s what Adam and Scott had to say in the press release that went out today:
From Adam -
“MapStory is committed to the preservation of mappable data, and the creation of meaningful maps of historic data for educators, students, and the public. The community we can help MapStory create will help unify the conversation about historical visualization in the digital humanities.”
From Scott -
”I’m excited about MapStory’s goal to empower citizens to make sense of the spaces all around them, and to share their stories online. I’m especially pleased to join a community where scholars, teachers, students, and members of the public can map our past and our contemporary world together, a community that is also committed to preserving these stories and the data on which they rely for the future.”