Event: Data Science in the Liberal Arts
Date: June 6-7 (Arrival June 5)
Location: Washington and Lee University
Workshop Description: Background and Purpose
Attendees: members and associates of the LACOL DS+ working group
Registration Page: Registration is closed. (Contact LACOL for attendee information.)
Data Journalism as a Liberal Art
Prof. Amelia McNamara
Department of Computer & Information Sciences
St. Thomas University
One of the main ways the general public encounters products of data analysis is through journalism. Data journalists strive to explain complex stories using visualization, statistics, and heavy use of contextualization. As we incorporate data science into the liberal arts, data journalism provides a case study as a field in which the sciences and the humanities are consciously linked. In this talk, I’ll discuss the history of data journalism, how I see it fitting into a liberal arts framework, and experiences from a class I taught on data journalism.
Workshop Agenda & Program:
- Establishing a Think Tank on Data Science in the Liberal Arts: how do we imagine, design, and implement data science curriculums at small colleges; how do we more deeply connect data science to the liberal arts ethos.
- Taking hands on approaches to curating, developing, and sharing liberal arts pedagogies and teaching materials for data science that broadly engage and support our students across the disciplines.