Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:52:32 +0100 From: "Humanist Discussion Group \(by way of Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk>\)" <willard-AT-LISTS.VILLAGE.VIRGINIA.EDU> Subject: 22.087 Humanist's 21st birthday celebrations To: <humanist-AT-Princeton.EDU> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 87. Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London www.kcl.ac.uk/schools/humanities/cch/research/publications/humanist.html www.princeton.edu/humanist/ Submit to: humanist-AT-princeton.edu Date: Wed, 25 Jun 2008 09:41:10 +0100 From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty-AT-mccarty.org.uk> Subject: Humanist's 21st birthday celebrations As members for whatever amount of time you will interested to know that Lisa Lena Opas-Hänninen and colleagues at the University of Oulu, Finland (Oulun Yliopisto), in an opening event for the Digital Humanities 2008 conference, honoured Humanist last night with a splendid dinner at Maikkula Manor, preceded by a traditional Finnish sauna. After the meal Lisa Lena read out an encomium from Michael Sperberg-McQueen, then in transit to the conference, and herself recollected events from the early days. A speech was demanded from the editor of Humanist, who obliged, but the fine qualities of the food and wine have obscured the memory of what exactly it was that he said. The event was, however, a potent reminder of how welcoming and appreciative the world-wide community of digital humanists is. If all that remains of this event is now a somewhat hazy memory, it is nevertheless a powerful encouragement to continue and to improve in the practice of the digital humanities. Improvement is, of course, mostly a matter for the coming generation. Twenty-one years of conversations, musings and exchanges of information on Humanist have shown what we can do when we imagine a community into being. And the very fact that the exchanges of words which are Humanist are almost as fleeting as last night's Gemütlichkeit, both real in the living moment, draws attention to what matters perhaps most of all. Thank you Lisa Lena, Michael and the most fortunate individuals able to be here last night. As for the rest of you, there's Digital Humanities 2009 at the University of Maryland -- and, we now know, Digital Humanities 2010 at King's College London! Yours, WM Willard McCarty | Professor of Humanities Computing | Centre for Computing in the Humanities | King's College London | http://staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/. Et sic in infinitum (Fludd 1617, p. 26).
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