Digital Humanities Week talk to look at local blueberries, clams, beer

Researchers from around the state, including the University of Maine and Colby College, will discuss ways to document and nourish the state’s endangered economies that depend on local agriculture and wildlife as part of UMaine’s Digital Humanities Week.

“Blueberries, Clams, and Beer: The Lure of the Local,” will be held 1–2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in Innovative Media Research and Commercialization (IMRC) Center, Room 112.

Featured projects to be discussed include “Wild Difference,” an initiative to develop a heritage center and virtual museum about wild blueberries and the Maine farmers who have tended them for generations; the “Clam Cam,” a video camera that follows clam harvesters throughout their day; and the Maine Beer Map, which documents the growth of microbreweries across the state.

The discussion is free and open to the public. More information is online.

The biennial Digital Humanities Week focuses on the ways that new technologies are transforming arts and letters, history, and the social sciences. This year’s conference runs Oct. 2–6 and will examine what role the arts and humanities play in a world that is increasingly driven by science and technology. More about Digital Humanities Week is online.