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Digital humanities – Teaching in tech age

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The University of Virginia is getting $25 million to integrate digital technology into its liberal arts curriculum.

Halsey M. Minor, founder and chairman of CNET Networks Inc., made the challenge gift to generate matching dollars and support for creating a “Digital Academical Village.”

Modeled on the Academical Village established by Thomas Jefferson that let students and faculty live and learn together, the new initiative aims to transform humanities and social sciences education.

The Digital Academical Village will include:

* A research center to team computer scientists and humanists, and build technology into traditional teaching and scholarship.

* New multi-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate courses in media studies and digital media.

* A digital academic facility.

Minor is a 1987 Virginia grad with a degree in anthropology.

CNET Networks provides information and services on computers and technology for buyers, sellers and suppliers.   

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