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The Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice Community Conference will take place at Lehigh University and in the adjacent Southside of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania April 20-22, 2018.  The conference is also referred to as ODH2018. 

This innovative community conference will locate the budding field of digital humanities at the intersection of public humanities, digital scholarship, oral history, “media organizing” & social justice. The conference will create an inter-generational convergence space for members of social movements, community based public historians, students, and activist-scholars to network, share their digital projects, offer digital capacity building trainings and strengthen collaboration. ODH2018 is the culmination of a three year grant provided by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, and it will highlight some of what Lehigh faculty, staff and students have accomplished with local community partners-through the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative as well as related scholarship and activism taking place regionally, nationally and internationally.

This is not your average academic conference.  Drawing inspiration from the Allied Media Conference, ODH2018 will emphasize local knowledge, work to create accessible spaces for people inside and outside of the academy, and create a memorable, kid-friendly experience that will include cultural programming and social events in addition to conference sessions and keynotes.

ODH2018 is being organized by a Committee of the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative Faculty and Postdoctoral Fellow and through the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs in Lehigh University’s College of Arts and Sciences. A Community Steering Committee is also shaping the vision of this event to ensure reciprocal community partnerships, broader participation, racial equity and diversity, and a positive lasting impact on community organizations in the Lehigh Valley. #ODH2018