EMAC Students, Faculty Share Voices at THAT Camp

In September 2013 Dr. Kim Knight was invited to speak at the Digital Frontiers Conference at The University of North Texas. She invited two of her former students and one PhD student to attend the conference and speak on a panel with her about Fashioning Circuits. Among the students were graduate student Rasundra Harvey, undergraduate student Patti McLetchie, and PhD candidate Brianni Neson. Patti McLetchie attended the conference and also went to the THAT camp was scheduled the day after the conference ended.

If you don’t know what a THAT camp is the basic an unconference is to a conference what a seminar is to a lecture, what a party at your house is to a church wedding, what a pick-up game of Ultimate Frisbee is to an NBA game, what a jam band is to a symphony orchestra: it’s more informal and more participatory.

THAT camp, short for The Humanities and Technology Camp, are specific to the humanities and are quite fun to attend if you haven’t been to one before. Before the conference you can propose a topic or a session but it is really about the day of the camp that the participants decide what will be talked about.

Patti McLetchie recapped the camp for us about why students should attend a THAT camp in the future. “Most of the attendees at the event were professors or masters students so I was the only undergraduate student there. I found that it was hard to keep up with some of the academia jargon but at the end of the day was very informative. It was great to connect with people from different backgrounds and talk about crowdsourcing for different purposes. I felt more involved with my professor and my campus by attending this event.”

Find out more information about upcoming events, visit the THAT Camp website.