Our mission is to reimagine how we teach the humanities by focusing on the relationship between human and computational languages. With a unique interest in both higher education and K-12 instruction, Babble Lab is dedicated to increasing support for both university and K-12 educators in using digital humanities-based methods in their classrooms.

Babble Lab is a center for digital humanities pedagogy and research at Pace University. 

We believe that disciplines like English, history, foreign languages, music, and art can be centers of innovation and inquiry for exploring the practical applications of today’s new technologies, as well as the cultural implications of the new media of the present and the past. In the 21st century, we need to teach young people to be savvy users as well as readers of technology.  What it means to learn, to have agency, to participate in a democracy, and to contribute to an economy increasingly requires a critical understanding of the intersections of culture and technology. 

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Programming languages have eroded the monopoly of ordinary language and grown into a new hierarchy of their own... We simply do not know what our writing does.
— Friedrich Kittler, media theorist
 

CO-DIRECTORS

Kelley Kreitz, Ph.D. specializes in print and digital cultures of the Americas as an Assistant Professor of English at Pace University in New York City. Her research combines media studies, hemispheric studies, and U.S. and Latina/o American literary studies. She is currently completing a book called Electrifying News: A Hemispheric History of the Present in Nineteenth-Century Print Culture. Previously, she was a postdoctoral visiting scholar in Comparative Media Studies/Writing at MIT, and she received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown University. Learn more on her website and follow her on Twitter.

 

Tom Liam Lynch, Ed.D. is Assistant Professor of Education Technology at Pace University.  A former English teacher and schools official in New York City, Dr. Lynch earned his doctorate in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University.  His research sits at the intersection of software theory, narrative inquiry, critical discourse analysis, new literacies studies, and English education.  Most recently, Dr. Lynch published a book bridging software theory with educational research called The Hidden Role of Software in Education: Policy to Practice and has been examining the relationship between K-12 computer science education and literacy studies.  Learn more at his website and follow him on Twitter.

 

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