Humanities Computing ‘Wizard’ Honored for Scholarship
The National Humanities Center, a private institute for advanced study in the humanities, awarded Willard McCarty its 2006 Richard W. Lyman Award in recognition of McCarty’s contribution to the field of “digital humanities.” The $25,000 award honors Richard Lyman, who was president of Stanford University from 1970-1980.
McCarty is a reader in humanities computing at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King’s College London. He is a theoretician of the area of “digital humanities” and founder of the “Humanist,” a Web site that brings together scholars working on the confluence of computing and the humanities. In his latest book, Humanities Computing, McCarty makes the case for elevating the field as a separate academic discipline. “We tend to construe computing in the humanities in terms we understand – as an efficient helper or mechanical aid to existing fields like history, literature, or philosophy,” he said.
James O’Donnell, provost of Georgetown University and chair of the award selection committee, called McArty, “a doer, a thinker, and perhaps a wizard.” O’Donnell added that McArty’s “explorations in the practical and theoretical dimensions of the application of information technology to the problems of humanistic learning have made him a widely recognized international leader.”
McCarty Humanities Award
May 31, 2006 by Hope Greenberg