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Data Science in the Liberal Arts: June 6-7

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.)

Keynote Talk:

https://www.stthomas.edu/cisc/faculty/amelia-mcnamara.htmlData 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.


About the Data Science+ Working Group: Sparked by conversations at the LACOL summer workshop at Carleton College in 2018, the Data Science + working group is an active forum for faculty and staff to explore the frontiers of data science education at liberal arts colleges – especially looking for ways that collaboration can help to advance shared goals. DS+ held a series of lively webinars in 2018 and also helped to incubate ideas for the LACOL “Introduction to Data Science” class being offered online in Summer 2019.

+++++COSTS & TRAVEL 
This event open to faculty and staff from LACOL member schools and close affiliates. There is no registration fee; however, your home campus is expected to cover the cost of your travel and accommodations.

Recommended Hotels: Room blocks are available for out-of-town visitors to reserve their own hotel stay.

Hampton Inn Col Alto
540-463-2223
401 E. Nelson Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Group Name: W&L LACOL Data Science Workshop
Reservation Nights: June 5th and 6th
Price: $159 per night plus taxes
Reservations must be made by 5/5/2019

Holiday Inn Express
540-463-7351
880 N. Lee Hwy
Lexington, VA 24450
Group Name: LAC (LACOL Data Science Workshop)
Reservation Nights: June 5th and 6th
Price: $99 per night plus taxes
Reservations must be made by 5/5/2019

Robert E. Lee Hotel
540-461-8484
30 S. Main Street
Lexington, VA 24450
Group Name: LACOL Data Science Workshop
Reservation Nights: June 5th and 6th
Price: $129 per night plus taxes
Reservations must be made by 5/5/2019
Hotel website: http://roberteleehotel.com

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