Beginning in 2019, The Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere — with the support of the Director Barbara Mennel’s Waldo W. Neikirk Professorship — supports Ph.D. students in UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for a two-week themed residency at the National Humanities Center that focuses on practical teaching, research, and professionalization skills.
Luc Houle, Department of History
“Objects and Places in an Inquiry-Based Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Research in the Humanities”
Luc’s dissertation research tracks the movements of a thirteenth-century Count of Provence to open new avenues of inquiry into understandings of medieval power. At this residency, he learned to use ArcGIS mapping software to bring these movements into focus in ways that are visual, digital, and shareable. In addition, he learned specific techniques to use primary sources, such as archives, objects, and maps, to spark curiosity among students in the classroom, empowering them to ask and answer questions for themselves.