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Michael Graca is the college's Assistant Vice President for Communications.

Digital humanities leads to Beinecke award

Audrey Dubois ’17When Audrey Dubois ’17 looks at a book, she sees not only the words on the page but also a story hidden between the lines and among the author’s habits.

A double major in English and philosophy, Dubois is exploring the power of digital humanities scholarship—the use of computer-aided analysis of texts—to uncover insights about the authorship of prose and poetry as well as the cultures that gave rise to a particular work of literature.

She has received a significant boost in her ability to continue her explorations by winning a Beinecke Scholarship. She is one of 20 undergraduates nationwide to receive the $34,000 award for graduate studies.

“I wasn’t even sure I was going to go to grad school until this scholarship came through,” Dubois said, explaining the impact that the prize will have on her future.

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Wheaton appoints new provost

Renée White, Wheaton College ProvostRenée T. White, a distinguished administrator as well as a scholar on race, gender and social inequality, has been appointed provost following an intensive national search. She officially began at Wheaton on July 1, 2016.

“Renée’s strengths in working with others to develop innovative programs and advance academic excellence make her uniquely well suited to collaborate with our faculty and staff,” said President Dennis M. Hanno, in announcing White’s appointment. “Her open and creative approach to leadership as well as her deep appreciation for Wheaton’s liberal arts mission make her a perfect fit for the Wheaton community.”

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Professors win Whiting fellowships

Three Wheaton professors have received fellowships from the Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation to fund travel and research that will facilitate the creation of new courses, transform existing classes and extend the faculty members’ scholarship.

The Marion and Jasper Whiting Foundation awards fellowships that enable professors to study abroad or away from their home institutions. The aim is to stimulate and broaden the minds of teachers to improve and enhance the quality of their instruction. The foundation awarded 34 grants out of 109 applications. [Read more...]

Developing scholarly tools

Lexomics researchResearch team wins grant from the NEH

A Wheaton-based research team plans to make computer text analysis more accessible to humanities scholars and students with a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Lexomics researchThe college’s Lexomics Research Group recently received a $60,000 Digital Humanities Start Up Grant to make the interface for its Lexos software package easier to learn. They also will embed video and text guides that explain how, when and why to use the program’s various analytical tools. [Read more...]