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A&M-Texarkana to Launch Red River Innovation Lab for the Humanities

Published: September 22, 2017

Texas A&M University-Texarkana will launch the Red River Innovation Lab for the Humanities on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 12:15 p.m. in Room 120 of the Science and Technology building on the A&M-Texarkana campus, 7101 University Ave., Texarkana, Texas.

“The mission of the lab is to expand the contributions of humanities scholarship to our institution, community and region,” said Dr. Drew Morton, assistant professor and undergraduate program coordinator for mass communication at A&M-Texarkana. “The lab offers an engaging space to foster collaboration among faculty scholars, students, librarians and practitioners for the exploration and advancement of innovative research in the humanities.”

The Red River Innovation Lab for the Humanities’ first major initiative will include a book group and lecture series. The fall 2017 schedule will be announced at the Sept. 28 event.

“We hope the Texarkana community, as well as students from our area school districts and community colleges, will want to explore this exciting new learning resource on campus and to be a part of the programming offered throughout the academic year,” Dr. Morton said.

“We’re really skating to the puck on this one, if I can borrow a line from Wayne Gretzky.  Dr. Morton and his colleagues have done a superb job of envisioning a place where people can connect with ideas and other people.  It’s very exciting,” said Dr. Del Doughty, dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education at A&M-Texarkana.

Long-term goals for the lab include engaging faculty and graduate students in arts, humanities and performing arts digital research; encouraging experimentation with and application of technology to arts, humanities and performing arts research and teaching; and pooling resources and expertise in order to develop broader expertise among faculty, staff and graduate students and to develop shared and sustainable scholarship.

Additional goals include providing a venue for collaborative development and hosting of research projects; conducting research on digital humanities issues and emerging concerns; deepening collaboration among library faculty and scholars; providing opportunities to collaborate on grant funding or seeking other sources of financial support; and participating in international standards and best practices.

For more information on the Red River Innovation Lab for the Humanities, contact Dr. Drew Morton at Drew.Morton@tamut.edu.

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