Digital Community Engagement

Partnering Communities with the Academy

by Rebecca S. Wingo (editor)Jason A. Heppler (editor)Paul Schadewald (editor)
Contributors: Marvin AndersonAriel BeaujotJulia BrockIlidi Carlisle-CumminsPatrick CollierJames ConnollyKarlyn FornerMelissa A. HubbardElaine-Washington HunterRobin MorrisShaneé Yvette MurrainAllison SchuetteAmy SullivanMegan TelligmanAubrey ThompsonElizabeth Wuerffel

2021 Best Book of the Year, National Council on Public History

Digital projects empower communities through collaboration, create new primary sources, collapse barriers, and spark new dialogue. Digital Community Engagement “lifts the hood” and presents nine examples of digital collaborations from constructing a public response, to police violence, creating digital stories of homelessness to young activists united around local people in the Deep South to build a grassroots movement for social change.

Wingo, Heppler and Schadewald bring together cutting-edge campus-community partnerships with a focus on digital projects. This collection explores models for digital community engagement that leverage new media through reciprocal academic-community partnerships. The contributors to this volume stand at the crossroads of digital humanities, public history, and community engagement.

Cover design by Jen Flint

Background image: A group of students and Rondo residents chat over lunch. Photo courtesy of Macalester College.

Praise for Digital Community Engagement

“This volume offers a powerful intervention in public humanities and public histories, contextualizing and offering case studies on a series of projects that fit under the rubric of what the editors call “DiCE” or “Digital Community Engagement.”

—Roopika Risam, Salem State University

“[The editors bring together] a diverse set of community-focused, digital public history projects that nonetheless cohere into a unified work. The case studies are immediately relevant to the concerns of community organizers, activists, and practitioners working today.”

—Alexandra Werner-Winslow, Appalshop


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    Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy
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    Digital Community Engagement: Partnering Communities with the Academy
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    University of Cincinnati Press
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    Cincinnati, OH
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