Behind the Digital Curtain:
"It's a fundamental shift, I think, not just in scholarship but in our teaching, to think about the process -- how did we get here -- as opposed to that final paper," said Nieves.
Pedagogically, undergraduate forays into the digital humanities need not be as complete or ambitious as building formal archives and discovery tools from scratch, the panelists said. Rather, the point is to spur students to "think critically and differently" about digital gateways and to "encourage new forms of close reading, knowledge production and interpretation" in the context of the modern information landscape, said McGrane. A peek behind the curtain, she said, can go a long way toward inculcating a healthy appreciation for the soft power of information gatekeepers and the instruments they use to exercise it.