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Towards a Mobilized Humanities: On Making Do and Nimble Tents

Uptown Campus
115 Newcomb Hall

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Alex Gil, a widely-recognized expert on digital scholarship and Digital Scholarship Librarian at Columbia University Libraries, will speak and lead a workshop Monday, February 3rd at Tulane University.  Dr. Gil’s workshop is sponsored by the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library as part of its digital scholarship support initiatives.

Dr. Gil is the developer of the Nimble Tents Toolkit, a set of tools to teams of scholars and librarians working to document rapidly-unfolding events with timelines, instructions, and sample materials. When Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc on the eastern Caribbean, for example, a group of colleagues at Columbia mobilized quickly to provide better maps to emergency teams working in Puerto Rico.  The Toolkit helped mobilize collaborators across disparate spaces in real time.  Its potential for other scholarly projects—in a wide variety of disciplines and across disciplines—is enormous and exciting.

The workshop, “Rapid Response Research Projects - Nimble Tents for a Mobilized Humanities,” will be held from 9-12 in Stibbs Room (203) of the Lavin-Bernick Center. Following the workshop, Dr. Gil will give a talk entitled “Towards a Mobilized Humanities: On Making Do and Nimble Tents,” which will take place at 4 pm in 115 Newcomb Hall.  Registration for the workshop is required; please see:

For more information about Alex Gil’s visit, contact Scholarly Engagement Librarian for the Humanities, Michelle Gibeault at