Digital Approaches to Teaching Mediterranean Archaeology: A Conversation with Sebastian Heath

As we look ahead to a busy summer of class redesign and an uncertain fall, The Digital Press is pleased to re-introduce Sebastian Heath’s edited volume, DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean. It is now available as a glorious full-color digital download and in resplendent paper which you can buy at Amazon or through an independent bookstore. To celebrate its publication in paper, we had a conversation with the book’s editor, Sebastian Heath, where he talks about linked open data, teaching during the “Time of COVID”, and the future of digital practices in the classroom and in various discipline.   1. Can you talk…

DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean available in paperback!

The best days are NEW BOOK DAYS, and while today isn’t quite a new book day, we are still excited to announce the paper publication of Sebastian Heath’s edited volume, DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean. You can now grab a paper copy for $9 on Amazon.com or, as always, download a digital copy for free. This book has particular relevance during our COVID-19 inflected days when teaching online has become normal practice. While this book is not a “how to” book or a set of teaching tips, but rather a sustained and varied discussion of digital teaching practices, many…

New Book Day: DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean

As the coronavirus has continued to disrupt higher education in the US and globally, The Digital Press accelerated the release of Sebastian Heath’s edited volume, DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean as a way to contribute to the ongoing conversation about digital and online teaching not only in Classics, Ancient History, and Mediterranean Archaeology but across the entire humanities.  The book is a free, open access download and will be made available as a low-cost paperback by the middle of next month. We’re calling this version, the “Digital First, Alpha Version” because it sounds cool. You can download it here. Here’s the…

Failing Gloriously Recognized!

It’s with great pleasure that we recognize that Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays won a Digital Humanities Award for 2019. It is fitting, of course, that it won the award for the category of “Best Exploration of DH Failure.” We’re excited to refer to this book as “award winning Failing Gloriously” and to celebrate that, once again, Shawn Graham is an “award winning author and digital humanist.”  On the one hand, as the organizers of the DH awards acknowledge, these honors are decided, in part, by popular voting so they are a kind of digital popularity contest designed as much…

Two Impending Arrivals and A Departing Old Friend from the Digital Press

There are going to be some new arrivals at the Digital Press this spring and the first departure from out catalogue.  First, we’ve excited to announce that DATAM: Digital Approaches to Teaching the Ancient Mediterranean edited by Sebastian Heath is almost ready for publication and should be out around the end of the month. Mark your calendars. It features contributions from Sebastian Heath, Lisl Walsh, David Ratzan, Patrick Burns, Sandra Blakely, Marie-Claire, Eric Poehler, William Caraher, and Beaulieu and Anthony Bucci as well as a critical introduction by Shawn Graham and preface by Society of Classical Studies Executive Director Helen Cullyer. The contributors cover a wide…

New Book Day: Epoiesen 3

Three years ago, Shawn Graham approached me and asked me whether The Digital Press might be interested in publishing a paginated, print-on-demand version of his new digital journal Epoiesen.  Without hesitating, I said “yes!” And today, the third volume of Epoiesen appears as a downloadable PDF or as a print-on-demand book available on Amazon.  To celebrate the third volume of Epoiesen, I button-holed Shawn Graham for a seven-question interview about his new book, Failing Gloriously and Other Essays, Epoiesen, and his various other projects. You can read that interview here. Or you can read a bit more to find out more about Epoiesen! …

Seven Questions about Failing Gloriously with Shawn Graham

To celebrate the release of volume 3 of Epoiesen and to continue the conversation started to Failing Gloriously and Other Essays, I button-holed Shawn Graham for a conversation about failure, his new book, future projects, and his growing digital archaeology and media empire! Seven Questions with Shawn Graham:  1. Failing Gloriously and Other Essays is a book about failure, but I noticed that you describe failure more than you define it. How would you define failure? “I know it when I see it”, eh? I’ve got four different kinds of fails in the book, following Warnick and Croxall, and then we’ve…

The Digital Press Year in Review

It’s been a relatively quiet year for The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota with only three new titles, but this is the calm before the storm as the first month or two of 2020 will be the busiest in the history of the press. As a bit of a year end celebration, I thought I’d highlight what the press accomplished last year and preview what’s in store over the next few months. The year started with a pretty important landmark from an adjacent publication to The Digital Press. North Dakota Quarterly with their publishing partner the University of Nebraska…

New Book Day: Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays

Today is new book day at The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota. We are very excited to release Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays. This short collection of reflections traces Shawn’s career in academia, his experiences with failure, and the lessons that he learned over the past two decades at the forefront of digital archaeology and digital humanities. Failure in academia and in the 21st century gets a bad rap. Among some, failing or even admitting a mistake continues to represent weakness. Among others, failure has become a right of passage into the heroic, and largely white, male…

Sneak Peek: Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays

Next week, The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota is really excited to publish Shawn Graham’s Failing Gloriously and Other Essays. As a bit of an appetizer, we’re making the introduction to the book available this morning as a download. Failing Gloriously and Other Essays documents Shawn Graham’s odyssey through the digital humanities and digital archaeology against the backdrop of the 21st-century university. At turns hilarious, depressing, and inspiring, Graham’s book presents a contemporary take on the academic memoir, but rather than celebrating the victories, he reflects on the failures and considers their impact on his intellectual and professional…