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Bard 2.0: Bryn Mawr Leads Digital Revival of Literature's Classics

Bryn Mawr College professor Katherine Rowe has conducted her introductory Shakespeare class in a theater and a lecture hall, but hasn't engaged students in the same way as having class at the 16th century Globe Theater.

As recounted in a New York Times story this week, students are able to use characters they create on a website called Theatron3 to block scenes from Titus Andronicus, building a 3D recreation of the Globe.

Developed by Rowe with a grad student who now works at Google, this type of approach to higher learning is seen as a way of reducing any generational digital divide between older professors with vast subject knowledge and young studnets with vast technological acumen but considerably less subject knowledge. Bryn Mawr's partnership with neighbors Haverford College and Swarthmore College enables the schools to pool resources, students and faculty. Students from all three schools particiapted in the first Digial Humanities Conference for Undergraduates in November, hosted by Haverford.

The NYT piece also touches on one of the conference organizers, Jen Rajchel, the first Bryn Mawr undergrad to have a digital senior thesis accepted by the English department: a website and archive dedicated to Bryn Mawr alum and poet Marianne Moore.

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