Category Archives: Administrative

Announcements and instructions from the organizers about THATCamp logistics.


I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed meeting all of you and the THATCamp yesterday, it was my first one.  I do have a question – are there networking opportunities? I have a masters in education with a focus on oral history and I am trying to break into the humanities field in any way that I can.  Any and all suggestions would be most appreciated.  You can reach me at moc.l1529638546iamg@1529638546yllie1529638546rnotr1529638546ebae1529638546.

many blessings

Elizabeth Ann Berton-Reilly, M.Ed.

Using Documentaries to Create Safe Places for Dialogue

Many of the documentaries available for screening from PBS are created by independent producers and distributed by organizations like Independent Lens, VisionMaker Media (formerly Native American Public TV), National Black Programming Consortium, POV and others.


  • Why and how to work with your local PBS Station
  • Why use documentary film?
  • Putting issues in context
  • Using documentaries in the classroom
  • Recruiting Audience / Promotion
  • Discussion of venues for public screenings and engagement
  • Brainstorm ways of engaging with audiences
  • OVEE the new online screening platform
  • Examples of New Mexico content from New mexico PBS


Create A Humanities Storyboard in PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia includes 120,000 digital resources from trusted PBS producers like NOVA, Nature, American Experience, and PBS NewsHour. It also includes quality content from partners like The Smithsonian, The Library of Congress,  National Archives and many more.

Learn how to search, share and save your favorite resources. Bring a laptop so you can get started with your own FREE account.

Then you will design a storyboard. Using digital media to investigate  themes like colonialism, human rights, or ethnic conflict. Maybe you would like to explore the struggles of migration, life in borderlands or the American search for identity.

A storyboard could look at the importance of documenting and preserving history, including “hidden histories” (like forced labor in the American South), while also considering different methods of historical interpretation. Or you can ask the question, “Is humanity naturally warlike and hard-wired to kill or is war perhaps a cultural construct”? Show various views using video, audio and primary sources to make your case.

All of this and more can be discovered and organized using PBS LearningMedia teacher tools.


  1. Overview of PBS LearningMedia
  2. Sign up for your Free Account
  3. Tutorial for Story Board Teacher Too
  4. Hands on StoryBoard creation activity.




Themes and Topics

THATCamp attendees are also the program leaders! We have some broad ideas about timely topics in the digital humanities, so if you would like a program on any of these themes, feel free to turn it into a topic proposal!

Some of the themes we would like to explore at THATCamp include:

  • funding & sustainability
  • digitization & digital preservation
  • access to digital culture and resources; who has it? who needs it? should it be open? restricted? encrypted?
  • measuring and evaluating digital humanities resources and programs
  • libraries’ role in connecting students and adults
  • digital humanities in k-12 education
  • supporting critical thinking in relation to technology/the internet & using technology to support critical thinking
  • using technology to create or support safe spaces for dialogue