THATCamp LAC 2012 is coming!

From June 1-3, St. Edward’s University will host the 2012 THATCamp for Liberal Arts Colleges.

If you’re interested in the humanities, technology, or liberal arts colleges, you should attend.

But is THATCamp LAC right for you? Are you:

  • A humanities professor who uses new technologies in your classes or research?
  • A humanities professor who would like to try using new technologies?
  • An IT professional at a university who works with humanities faculty and staff?
  • A librarian who works in the humanities?
  • A non-traditional humanist who is interested in new technologies?
  • An IT professional in industry who is interested in the humanities?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, THATCamp LAC is right for you.

This particular THATCamp is titled for Liberal Arts Colleges. But that’s a bit of a misnomer. While we will primarily be academics at LACs, we will also be librarians, IT professionals employed by universities, IT-related professionals in industry, and people doing humanities work in non-academic settings. And we won’t all be tech savvy. Yes, a lot of us live and breathe through our iPads and Linux boxes. But a lot of us will be just starting into the technological realm. If you’re interested at all in using technology, you qualify to join us.

At THATCamp LAC, you’ll get to participate in an “unconference” where you can chat with others like you. The dynamic schedule, voted on by attendees, will let you decide what you want to talk about, and let you change those topics on the fly. As the main THATCamp site puts it, “An unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture; going to an unconference is like being a member of an improv troupe where going to a conference is (mostly) like being a member of an audience.”

At THATCamp, you’ll also have the opportunity to attend workshops – training sessions where you can learn new software, strategies, and theories.

For more information on THATCamps, visit the main THATCamp page at

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