Three Belmont English faculty—Dr. Marcia McDonald, Dr. Jayme Yeo, and Dr. Joel Overall (pictured L to R, below)—have secured a $6,000 grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library and have helped usher Digital Humanities into the Belmont English department. The awarding grant program is a sub-grant of a larger National Endowment for the Humanities project that is sending copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio around to all fifty states. This circuit includes a Nashville arrival in November.
McDonald, Yeo, and Overall successfully proposed innovations in “Teaching Shakespeare to Undergraduates,” and their collective efforts will create a digital archive of local productions of Shakespeare, primarily by the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, as a way of enabling students to investigate local determinants of meaning within productions. McDonald’s and Yeo’s Shakespeare classes will conceptualize and gather the content, and Overall’s Digital Literacies class will be actively involved in digitizing the archive. Part of the grant will fund a regional conference next spring to celebrate the project’s launch.