The term “humanities” includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

-The National Endowment for the Humanities

The Nova Southeastern University Center for the Humanities brings together a collection of human and material resources dedicated to the celebration of the humanities. The idea for the Center was originally conceived by Dr. Ben Mulvey, Associate Professor of Philosophy in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS). In addition to championing core academic disciplines in the humanities such as history, philosophy, composition and rhetoric, criticism and theory of the performing and visual arts, literature and language studies, the Center for the Humanities is dedicated to highlighting the significant role the humanities play in related fields in the social sciences. The NSU Center for the Humanities also aims to demonstrate the relevance of the humanities as a complement to the core STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) with a view to encouraging students and scholars in those disciplines to explore these connections. The Center for the Humanities serves as a resource for both students and scholars at NSU and from elsewhere by hosting workshops, conferences, and other professional development opportunities. The Center for the Humanities also serves as a resource for teachers and students in the primary and secondary education system in the South Florida region, providing material resources and training opportunities. The Center is dedicated to engaging the wider South Florida community by partnering with community organizations and participating in local cultural initiatives that highlight the humanities.

The Center for the Humanities promotes the study and production of Digital Humanities. In Digital Humanities, scholars, professionals, and the public alike collaborate to curate online exhibits, analyze social media, mine textual data, produce podcasts, and more in a process that expands our abilities as participants in the information networks and digital literacies of modern culture.

What Is Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities is a field that intersects Information and Communication Technology (ICT), or computer technology, with the traditional study of human experiences and expressions. Rapid advancements in digital technology are increasingly changing the face of modern culture. Digital Humanities examines the changing nature of our technology and culture as well as produces digital artifacts of culture.

Early versions of Digital Humanities research in the late 1990s revolved largely around quantifying and classifying information (e.g. textual analysis) as well as establishing technological infrastructures for controlling information (e.g. databases). Researchers used digital technology primarily as a tool to analyze traditional products of the humanities, such as paintings, literature, and historical events. By the late 2000s, the field had grown to include the production of generative texts, such as e-literature (blogs, interactive web-based fictions, and other hypertexts). That is, by the late 2000s, researchers began to approach ‘culture’ as that which includes the ‘born digital,’ and digital technology became not just a tool but a subject of study in itself. Today, Digital Humanities includes all of these prior focuses but, in addition, it examines the ways technology shapes culture and the way we understand reality and identities. For example, the Internet has made it easier for anyone to contribute to or manipulate the databanks of human knowledge from anywhere at any time. Digital Humanities looks at how this has consequently destabilized the canon of knowledge, making it more challenging to discern what is factual while pluralizing a sense of what is important.

Why Study Digital Humanities?

Digital technology repackages analog information, whereas “the analog” is the world we live in. There are seemingly boundless spectrums of information in the real, or analog, world in terms of color, sound, texture, taste, smells, and so forth. However, when this information is digitized, it is translated into discrete or finite values (e.g. #000000 for black and #000001 for very nearly black). This means digital technology poses limitations on what we can express, and this in turn shapes how we experience information. However, there are also benefits of digital technology:

  • it helps to preserve information over long periods of time;
  • it can compress large amounts of information and thereby make it easier to find patterns;
  • it makes it easier for multiple participants to retrieve the information, and;
  • it makes it easier for multiple participants to contribute to information collection and analysis regardless of their location.

In the end, Digital Humanities scholars argue that university education is no longer simply about preparing us to be rational, free-thinking individuals (as it was in the eighteenth century) or forward-thinking cultivated peoples (as it was in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries); instead education is defined by our ability to prepare ourselves to navigate as active participants in the networks of information and digital literacies.


Story Booth: What’s Your Story

Story Booth is a series hosted by the Department of Humanities and Politics (DHP) that fosters community and diverse cultural and social expressions. Stories are universal and they help us to make sense of the world by sharing our experiences. DHP's Story Booth partners with student organizations across the university as well as NSU’s Center for the Humanities to hear how each of us makes meaning. From remembering our first stories to conversations about the power, good and bad, of fiction, Story Booth connects us. What’s your story? For more information, contact Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar afarrar@nova.edu.

See our stories here: https://nsudhp.wixsite.com/storybooth

The Story of Home: Immigration Narratives about Homelands and Homecomings

“…homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language.” - Zadie Smith, White Teeth

At a time like now when the news is rife with discussions about immigration policy, a related discussion also taking place asks the question, “Where is home and what does it mean to be American?” “The Story of Home” is a digital humanities project that undertakes the mission of curating stories about how we become Americans and asks participants to not only focus on their family’s journey to and within America, but also on the array of myths and family lore that have been part of their family’s immigration experience.

What are the stories that you grew up hearing about your family’s journey to America? What stories do you find yourself most often telling about your own immigration experience? How have those stories affected and inspired you?

The purpose of this project is to curate immigration family lore within the NSU community and aims to include a variety of Americans, including Native Americans, recent immigrants and the descendants of immigrants. The project hopes to create an enriched understanding of the human experience of immigration and of becoming American by highlighting the stories we tell about the home we left and the home we have created.

Anyone in the NSU community interested in participating in the project should submit the following to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of the NSU Center for the Humanities, at humanities@nova.edu:

  1. A short narrative that conveys an account of a family story relating to immigration. Feel free to include some commentary on what this story has meant to you. You may share this story as a written narrative of up to 400 words (approximately one double-spaced page) or as an audio recording of up to three minutes.
  2. Up to six digital media files such as photos, videos, and audio recordings of anything that figures into your family’s immigration stories. Image examples include scenes or maps of your family’s hometown, photos of relatives and sentimental family objects, and genealogical records like passports as well as birth and marriage certificates. Please note that all photos, audio, and video recordings should be owned by you or licensed for free use.
  3. A photo of you or link to an online photo you want us to use.
  4. The name of the city/town and the country to which you would like your story pinned on the digital map of the world that will be part of the project.

This project grew out of ideas proposed by Dr. Vicki Toscano, faculty in the Department of History and Political Science. The project is managed by Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of the NSU Center for the Humanities, with support from NSU student interns at the Center for the Humanities.

Visit our project here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Shortlist/index.html?appid=fb4634b865be4717beeb2f815109dc21

“Be Woman: A Hypertext”

HONR 1010B “The Healthy Woman: Mothers to Cyborgs” is a medical humanities class taught by Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar that focuses on women and the specific question, “What defines a healthy woman?” As one of the final projects in this class, students are asked to compose creative artifacts that apply course concepts and theories to communicate what it means to be Woman. The following is their collective story: http://honr1010b.weebly.com/

“Tweet the Rising”

“Tweet The Rising: Telling the Story of the 1916 Easter Rising Through Social Media” is an innovative project coordinated by Dr. David Kilroy that used Twitter to bring the history of the Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising to life, providing a unique opportunity for people everywhere to immerse themselves in the events of that week and ultimately to draw their own conclusions about what is arguably the most important event in Irish history. Twenty fictional but historically accurate characters were featured in the project and some of their Twitter story is retold here: https://wke.lt/w/s/4k5X2F

Individual Projects

Nadia Miah, “Filmy Journals”

Major: Behavioral Neuroscience
Minor: Psychology
Year: Class of 2022
Center for the Humanities Intern, Winter 2020
Project: “Filmy Journals

Stephanie Fleming, “Vietnam War”

Major: International Studies
Minor: Communications
Year: Class of 2021
Center for the Humanities Intern, Winter 2020
Project: “Vietnam War

Elizabeth Rai, “Horror Films and Societal Fears”

Major: English
Minor: Film Studies
Year: Class of 2021
Center for the Humanities Intern, Summer 2020
Project: “Illuminating the Darkness around Us: Horror Films and Societal Fears

Kristin Addison, “Religious Interpretation of Scientific Progression”

Major: Biology
Minor: History & Humanities
Year: Class of 2020
Center for the Humanities Intern, Fall 2020
Project: “Religious Interpretation of Scientific Progressions


Digital Humanities Tools

E-Literature Managers

  • Chapter and Verse: Chapter and Verse is a free software tool to create chapterized audiobooks for iPod, iTunes and Quicktime.
  • Calibre: Calibre is a powerful and easy-to-use e-book manager.

Research and Collaboration

  • Trello: Trello lets you work more collaboratively and get more done. Trello’s boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.
  • Zotero: Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.
  • Evernote: Evernote helps you capture and prioritize ideas, projects, and to-do lists, so nothing falls through the cracks.

Data Visualization

  • Tableau Public: Tableau Public is a free data visualization software. It allows users to connect to a spreadsheet or file and create interactive data visualizations for the web.
  • Palladio: Visualize complex historical data with ease.
  • Voyant: Voyant Tools is a web-based text reading and analysis environment. It is a scholarly project that is designed to facilitate reading and interpretive practices for digital humanities students and scholars as well as for the general public.
  • Chronos Timeline: HyperStudio’s Chronos Timeline is designed specifically for needs in the humanities and social sciences to represent time-based data.
  • ArcGIS Explorer Online: Connect people, locations, and data using interactive maps. Work with smart, data-driven styles and intuitive analysis tools. Share your insights with the world or specific groups.

Publishing Platforms

  • Scalar: Scalar is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.
  • Omeka: Omeka provides open-source web publishing platforms for sharing digital collections and creating media-rich online exhibits.
  • Neatline: Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines. As a suite of add-on tools for Omeka, it opens new possibilities for hand-crafted, interactive spatial and temporal interpretation.

Need Something More?

  • DiRT: The DiRT Directory is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use. DiRT makes it easy for digital humanists and others conducting digital research to find and compare resources ranging from content management systems to music OCR, statistical analysis packages to mind-mapping software.


  • Office of Digital Humanities: The Office of Digital Humanities (ODH) offers grant programs that fund project teams developing new technologies for humanities research, teaching and learning, public engagement, open access publishing, as well as for those studying digital culture from a humanistic perspective.
  • Digital Humanities Advancement Grants: Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support digital projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability.

 Further Readings


  • Project Vox- “Project Vox is a feminist philosophy project dedicated to expanding the philosophical canon in the early modern period by highlighting the lives, works, and key contributions of women who were and are too often ignored. The project is a digital archive about several significant women during this time, including their works, a digital image gallery of texts and paintings to broaden typical approaches to philosophy, and syllabi examples for courses that intentionally incorporate women philosophers.”
  • Refugee Family Papers: An Interactive Map- “This digital map gives you the opportunity to browse and search the Wiener Library's collections of refugee family papers. Several hundred of these collections have been donated to the Library over the years by Jewish refugees and their families, who escaped Nazi antisemitic persecution by emigrating from Germany and Nazi-dominated countries, including Poland, Austria, and France.”
  • Beijing of Dreams- “This is a website which shows the lost ‘Beijing of Dreams,’ using old photos surviving from the time when Beijing was the greatest walled capital city anywhere in the world. We have concentrated at first upon showing the vast walls and gates of Beijing, all but a few traces of which are gone now.”
  • Victorian Women Writers Project- "The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) began in 1995 at Indiana University and is primarily concerned with the exposure of lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century. The collection represents an array of genres - poetry, novels, children's books, political pamphlets, religious tracts, histories, and more. VWWP contains scores of authors, both prolific and rare."
  • Animated Atlas of African History 1879-2002- “This map gives a year-by-year presentation of selected themes in the history of Africa between 1879 and 2002.”
  • A Frankenstein Atlas- “Frankenstein Atlas explores Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein from a spatial perspective. Inspired by research and theoretical approaches in literary mapping and historical geography, A Frankenstein Atlas provides scholars and students with a platform to study and experiment with Shelley's text.”
  • Visualizing Emancipation- "Visualizing Emancipation is a map of slavery’s end during the American Civil War. It finds patterns in the collapse of southern slavery, mapping the interactions between federal policies, armies in the field, and the actions of enslaved men and women on countless farms and city blocks. It encourages scholars, students, and the public to examine the wartime end of slavery in place, allowing a rigorously geographic perspective on emancipation in the United States."
  • Power of Attorney in Oaxaca, Mexico- “Power of Attorney constructs a geography of indigenous legal culture through digital maps and visualizations.”
  • Digital Humanities Projects at Duke University - A selection of digital humanities projects from Duke University
  • Digital Humanities Projects at Berkeley - A selection of digital humanities projects from UC Berkeley
  • Digital Humanities Projects at Stanford - A selection of digital humanities projects from Stanford University
  • Digital Humanities Projects at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - A selection of digital humanities projects from University of North Carolina
  • Digital Humanities Projects at Dartmouth - A selection of digital humanities projects at Dartmouth College

Medical Humanities is a field of study that asks what it means to be human in the context of health and healthcare. It is a holistic response, uniting the arts, humanities, and social sciences to address needs in medical education, professional development, and patient care. Since Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field, its intersections between the humanities and medicine invite multiple possibilities in sub-specializations and concerns. To help cohere these diverse approaches, one can visualize the Medical Humanities as comprised of the three “Es”:

  • Education: Medical Humanities prepares those training in the health professions with skills in cultural competency, communication, ethical reasoning, critical thinking, and empathy.
  • Experience: Medical Humanities employs ideas and approaches from the arts and humanities to identify the emotional, social, and cultural needs of those in patient and health professions communities.
  • Expression: Medical Humanities facilitates communication via the arts and humanities as a means of healing and initiating further exploration into issues of healthcare.

Today, medical schools are calling for increased student interest in whole-person care and premedical humanities training. According to a seminal study by Hiram College and the University of Colorado, the number of medical humanities baccalaureate programs has increased more than sevenfold in the last twenty years (from 15 to 102), and an increasing number of universities are enrolling graduate students in Medical Humanities MA and MS programs with specializations in healthcare, bioethics and law, social work, and narrative medicine. However, Medical Humanities is a field that impacts everyone, and everyone—from health professionals and academics to artists, educators, lawyers, and more—help to contribute to the field of study and its exploration of the relationship between health and culture.


Medical Humanities Minor

The Medical Humanities minor housed in the Department of Humanities and Politics is designed to give students an overview of the ways that the medical arts and sciences intersect and interact with various disciplines in the humanities, in such ways as art and medicine, bioethics, the history of medicine, literature and medicine, music and medicine, medicine in the performing arts, medicine and philosophy, and medicine and law. This minor can be combined with any major and minor. A minimum of 9 credits must be exclusive to the minor and cannot be counted toward any other majors/minors/certificate programs. 

Medical School with Medical Humanities

The American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2019-2020 Facts show that baccalaureate preparation in Medical Humanities complements and even enhances medical school preparation and performance. As long as you meet medical school prerequisite course requirements, you can major in ANYTHING, including English, history, and philosophy, and the AAMC 2019-2020 Facts report shows that students aspiring to medical school score even higher when equipped with a humanities degree. Since medical schools are looking for candidates with well-rounded experiences able to demonstrate a range of competencies, it can be to your advantage to complete a humanities major alongside basic and advanced coursework required at competitive medical schools. Here’s how you can combine a humanities major with medical school prep work: https://www.nova.edu/prehealthadvising/roadtoprofessionalschool/humanities-majors.html

be Still: A Journal of the Medical Humanities

be Still is a journal of the medical humanities produced from the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Nova Southeastern University. Each issue will explore a dedicated theme that embraces the concept of the arts as medicine to heal, soothe and inspire our souls. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/bestill/

Student Projects

“Patient Pathographies” by Breanna Brady

Breanna Brady
Major: Biology
Minor: Medical Humanities Minor
Year: Class of 2022
HONR 2000W Pathography: Patients’ Stories of Illness
Project: “Patient Pathographies Presentation

Be Woman: A Hypertext

HONR 1010B “The Healthy Woman: Mothers to Cyborgs” is a medical humanities class taught by Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar that focuses on women and the specific question, “What defines a healthy woman?” As one of the final projects in this class, students are asked to compose creative artifacts that apply course concepts and theories to communicate what it means to be Woman. The following is their collective story: http://honr1010b.weebly.com/


Collections & Exhibitions

“The AAMC, in partnership with StoryCorps and the National Endowment for the Arts, is collecting stories (both oral and written) and poetry from health care professionals relating to their experiences with the COVID-19 pandemic and racism and persistent inequities in America. By chronicling these, we aim to honor our community, provide outlets for creative and expressive thought, and continue to integrate the humanities and the arts in medicine.”

The Human Touch 2020 is the thirteenth annual anthology of poetry, prose, photography and graphic art from the Anschutz Medical Campus community at the University of Colorado.” The Curve is a special edition of The Human Touch and is particularly relevant to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Submissions for The Curve include audio, prose, film, drawings, dance, poetry, photographs, paintings, video, and music. Previous editions of the anthology can also be accessed with the link above.

“SCOPES is a student-led initiative committed to integrating the arts and humanities into medical education at Duke University School of Medicine. First-year medical students are given the opportunity to supplement their curriculum and consider the experiences of patients through creative forms and media… SCOPES provides students the opportunity to work with their community partners to develop an art piece that captures their reflection on the patient experience.”


  • National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - “The official website of the NEH, which helps with research, grants, programs and more in the area of humanities.”
  • AAMC - The Fundamental Role of Arts and Humanities in Medical Education - “The AAMC will award five $25,000 grants (for a period of up to 18 months) to U.S.-based member schools and teaching hospitals working on new, emerging, or existing arts and humanities programs across the continuum of medical education (UME-GME-CME). Applications are due Sept. 15, 2020.”
  • S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The mission of HHS is to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services and by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services.”

Further Readings

  • The NSU Alvin Sherman Library Medical Humanities Library Course Guide for Introduction to Medical Humanities
  • Baranow, Joan, Brian Dolan, and David Watts. The Healing Art of Writing: Volume 1. San Francisco, CA: UC Medical Humanities Consortium, 2011.
  • Carter, Albert H. Clowns and Jokers Can Heal Us: Comedy and Medicine. San Francisco, CA: University of California Medical Humanities Consortium, 2012.
  • Cole, Thomas R, Nathan Carlin, and Ronald A. Carson. Medical Humanities: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.
  • Evans, Martyn, and Ilora Finlay. Medical Humanities. London: BMJ, 2001.
  • Gordon, Jill. "Medical Humanities: To Cure Sometimes, to Relieve Often, to Comfort Always."Medical Journal of Australia, vol. 182, no. 1, 2005, pp. 5-8. ProQuest
  • Graham, Jeremy, et al. "Medical Humanities Coursework is Associated with Greater Measured Empathy in Medical Students."The American Journal of Medicine, vol. 129, no. 12, 2016, pp. 1334. ProQuest
  • Grant, VJ. “Making Room for Medical Humanities.” Medical Humanities,  28, 2002, pp. 45-48.
  • Shankar, Ravi P. Significance of Medical Humanities in Contemporary Healthcare Practice and Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2016.

The Center for the Humanities Working Group within the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences (HCAS) developed this website and coordinates the activities of the Center.

  • Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Ph.D., Director of the Humanities Center, Department of Humanities and Politics
  • David P. Kilroy, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Humanities and Politics
  • James E. Doan, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Politics
  • Darren Hibbs, Ph.D., Department of Humanities and Politics

The Humanities Student Conference, “Crossroads,” provides a friendly venue to showcase student scholarship in the humanities and related disciplines. “Crossroads” is organized by the NSU Center for the Humanities in the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. This virtual conference will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021.

The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference strives to incorporate diverse perspectives and topics from a range of humanities fields including history, philosophy, literature, languages, cultural theory, and the arts. We also invite papers in legal studies, anthropology, sociology, political science, national security, family therapy, communication, conflict resolution studies, and international relations when approached with a humanities lens. The organizers refer presenters to the following definition of the humanities from the National Endowment for the Humanities:

“What are the humanities? The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”


Information for Presenters

The Crossroads Humanities Student Conference invites abstract submissions for oral presentations. All presentations should last between 10 and 15 minutes (approximately 5 to 7 pages of text typed and double-spaced in Times New Roman 12pt font). Presenters will be placed on panels of approximately 3 or 4 students. Each panel will last for an hour and 15 minutes, including time for questions. Presenters may be asked to serve as panel chairs.

You may submit an abstract as an individual paper or a group project. If submitting a group paper, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all students who contributed to the project. Also, please indicate which members of the group will present at the conference. The entire group may present or select representatives.

You may also submit an abstract for a preformed panel of 3 to 4 presenters. If submitting for a panel, please be sure to note this on your abstract and include the names of all the presenters as well as proposed panel title. Panels will be accepted based on the promise of each individual topic and cohesion of the panel.

The official language of the conference is English. Students in the modern languages wishing to present in Spanish or French are invited to do so. In this case, please submit abstracts in both English and the language of choice.

Your presentation may be an excerpt from a longer paper, but it should stand on its own as a self-contained study that is coherent and that has a specific thematic focus. Papers may include both primary and secondary research.

This conference will take place virtually. Information on the platform is forthcoming.

Schedule is forthcoming and will include opening plenary sessions, panel presentations, and workshops.

Submission Guidelines

Students from all academic institutions are invited to submit abstracts of 150 words or less to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar (humanities@nova.edu) no later than January 15, 2021. These should be submitted as Word documents or PDF files. Abstracts should include the following:

  • Name of the presenter(s)
  • Institutional affiliation
  • Status at that institution, e.g. sophomore, master’s student, doctoral student, high school student
  • Email address
  • Title of the presentation(s)
  • If a panel, proposed panel topic

High school students submitting abstracts must have a sponsor—one of their high school teachers who endorses the abstract and provides a brief letter of support stating as such. Sponsors are encouraged to attend the conference but are not required to do so.

Please see the following article on “How to Write a Paper or Conference Proposal Abstract” for additional tips.

Abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of faculty from the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences. Notifications will be sent out by February, 2021.


All conference participants must register by March 27.

    • Non-NSU affiliated participants: $25
    • NSU-affiliated participants: No charge

To register, please visit the following registration portal: https://forms.gle/MupZcGxnphwZAXzP7


Digital Humanities Contest


All conference participants are invited to submit to the Digital Humanities Crossroads Contest.

Submitted projects should speak to the Crossroads Conference 2021 theme, “Networks.” Please see the conference CFP above for further information. Projects may employ digital tools to annotate and translate texts, classify and organize information, analyze and visualize data, generate interactive texts and art, collaborate content with the public, and more. We encourage the use of digital tools, like Voyant, Palladio, Gephi, Scalar, Omeka, ArcGIS, etc. The contest also invites students to code original apps and programs that may be used in the humanities.

Introductory information and resources on Digital Humanities are available on the Humanities Center website: https://hcas.nova.edu/humanities. All conference participants will be invited to attend a workshop in February reviewing digital humanities tools.

Completed project submissions must be sent to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of NSU’s Humanities Center (humanities@nova.edu) no later than March 27.


  • You must be an accepted participant presenting at the 3rd Annual Crossroads Humanities Student Conference (10 April 2021).
  • You may submit your project as an individual or team. Each individual or team is limited to one project submission.
  • Your entry must be in English or accompanied by an English-language version.

Submission Guidelines

Please submit your project to humanities@nova.edu by 27 March 2021 with the subject header “DH Contest Submission."

Each submission must include:

    • Full Name
      • If you are submitting your project as a team, include the names of each contributor.
    • Title of Project
    • Completed Presentation Paper
      • 5-7 pages, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins
      • Sources cited in MLA, APA, or Chicago style
      • Word doc/docx or PDF format
    • Digital materials (if applicable)
      • Please link or attach any additional materials related to your project (e.g. video, audio file, website, etc.).

Evaluation Criteria

Your submission will be judged on:

    • Message – How clear and specific is the purpose of the project?
    • Relevance – How relevant is the project to Digital Humanities?
    • Innovation – How innovative is the project?
    • Impact – How impactful is the project and to whom?

Awards: Top three contestants will be announced on April 10, during the 2021 Crossroads Humanities Student Conference ($200 for first place; $100 for second place; $50 for third place).

Conference Planning Committee

Contact Us

Please feel free to reach out with any questions: Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of the Center for the Humanities: afarrar@nova.edu.


Past Conferences

NSU Publications

  • Journal of Class, Race and Corporate Power- Class, Race and Corporate Power is an academic journal affiliated with faculty from the Department of History and Political Science at Nova Southeastern University that examines the politics of corporate power. This includes an analysis of capital, labor, and race relations within nation-states and the global economy. We encourage contributions that explore these issues within holistic frameworks that borrow from a range of scholarly disciplines.
  • Digressions- Digressions is the student-run literary and art magazine sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to submit original works of poetry, short fiction, artwork, and photography for consideration in the magazine, which is published yearly in the winter semester.

Suggested Journals

  • PMLA- PMLA is the journal of the Modern Language Association of America. Since 1884 PMLA has published members’ essays judged to be of interest to scholars and teachers of language and literature.
  • Comparative Critical Studies- Comparative Critical Studies seeks to advance methodological (self)reflection on the nature of comparative literature as a discipline.

Career Opportunities

  • Humanities Indicators- A comprehensive resource with the latest humanities data in 5 broad areas including K-12 Education, Higher Education, Workforce, Funding & Research, and Public Life.

Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Aileen Miyuki Farrar, Director of the Center for the Humanities, with any questions or comments regarding the NSU Center for the Humanities: afarrar@nova.edu.