THATCamp Buffalo

(The Humanities and Technology Camp)

“Synthesizing Critical Pedagogy and Creativity”

May 23, 2018

(Registration deadline: May 16)


We can’t wait for you to join us at this year’s THATCamp.








What is a THATCamp?

A THATCamp is a conference for educators to explore the critical integration of technology (see below) into their teaching. The morning will be comprised of focused “Boot Camp” sessions. An initial brainstorming session will lead to any number of possible presentations in the afternoon. It is all up to the group. Come with a curiosity and leave with answers and strategies from the collective.

Connecting Critical Pedagogy* and Technology

How can technology help students to express themselves in creative ways?
How might technology hinder creativity?
How can technology help students think about the world’s problems in new ways?
How can technology help students give voice to the voiceless?
How can critical understandings inform our integration of new technologies?
How do we think critically about the use of technology in our teaching?
How do we get students to ask questions like:

  • Is technology always progress?
  • Is technology always necessary?
  • Who gets excluded when technological tools are implemented?

(*For a definition of Critical Pedagogy, see below)

Schedule & Speakers


8:30am-9:00am Check-In and Light Breakfast (SASE 2nd Floor)

9:00am-10:50am Session I

11:00am-12:50pm Session II

12:50pm-1:45pm Lunch/Unconference Unveiling (SASE 2nd Floor)

2:00pm-2:50pm Unconference Session I

3:00pm-3:50pm Unconference Session II

3:50pm-4:30pm Churro Chat (SASE 2nd Floor)

Ann Rivera

Ann Rivera

Assistant Professor of English at Villa Maria

“A Pedagogy of Care: Creating Inclusive Instruction through Learning Contracts.”
This workshop will focus on how faculty can create a pedagogy of care through the implementation of such dynamic universal design principles as learning contracts. Learning contracts in the classroom change the focus on compliance, accommodation, and nondiscrimination to student-centered learning.  Participants in this workshop will discuss:

  • the concept of a pedagogy of care;
  • explore the drawbacks and benefits of static and dynamic learning principles;
  • compare models of learning contracts; and
  • implement learning contracts in courses and learning management systems.

Course participants are invited to bring syllabi to the workshop.

Shannon Seneca, PhD

Shannon Seneca, PhD

Seneca Research, Remediation, and Restoration LLC

“The Haudenosaunee Confederacy, The Great Law and Democracy?”

Erin Warford, PhD

Erin Warford, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Canisius College (Dept of Classics) & Hilbert College (Social Sciences Division)

“Using ArcGIS Story Maps in Humanities Courses”
During this workshop, participants will learn how to construct a story map using free tools in ArcGIS Online. Story maps allow the user to build an interactive web map and combine the map with images, videos, or text resources to tell a story. Story maps also enable the user to accommodate a variety of learners through a mix of textual, visual, and audio content. Students can actively explore the map, investigating spatial relationships, and contextualize the places on the map using additional content. Students can also build their own story maps as a project.

Technology Requirements for your Boot Camp: participants should bring a laptop, or the workshop could be located in a computer lab. Participants need access to Microsoft Excel and a browser.

Technology Requirements for participants (e.g. do they need a laptop or smartphone? Is there any software they could download ahead of time?) Participants should bring a laptop, or the workshop could be located in a computer lab. Participants need access to Microsoft Excel and a browser.

Nikolaus Wamoen

Nikolaus Wamoen

Visiting Professor of Digital Humanities, SUNY Buffalo

“Teaching through Interactive Fiction and Multimedia using Twine”
Learn to use and see examples of actual and possible assignments.
Attendees are encouraged to bring course syllabi and/or assignment ideas to get feedback on how to incorporate Twine into their classes.
Deb Sarlin, PhD

Deb Sarlin, PhD

Education Director at The Foundry

“Using Fusion Tables Across Disciplines”
Deb Sarlin will lead a session on Fusion Tables, an easy to use data analysis and visualization tool that is hidden in the Google suite. Deb will create a hands-on project for participants that will demonstrate how Fusion Tables can be used to support collaboration, information collection, and exploration. She will show how Humanists have used this ‘teachnology’ to create course-based projects. To conclude, she’ll share some curriculum development ideas for projects designed to introduce students to analytical work in the Arts and Humanities.
Jonathan Lawrence, PhD

Jonathan Lawrence, PhD

Associate Professor, Religious Studies (Canisius College)

“Digital Humanities in Research and in the Classroom”
Digital Humanities, the application of digital technology in Humanities fields, has opened up new possibilities for faculty in conducting and sharing their research.  It also opens up new opportunities for engaging students in humanities research.  This workshop will introduce some useful tools and some examples of how the presenter has used Digital Humanities for research and in the classroom and will engage participants in a brainstorming process about how they might use these approaches in their own work and teaching.

Jonathan D. Lawrence is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology at Canisius College and is currently engaged in a digital ethnographic study of religious diversity in Western New York.

When & Where

The 2018 THATCamp Buffalo will be held at the historic D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY.

Event Details

Date: 23 May 2018
Time: 9:00am – 5:00 pm
Location: 320 Porter Ave,
Buffalo, NY


THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” but THATCamps typically include other disciplines as well, and this year’s THATCamp at D’Youville College in Buffalo especially welcomes faculty and high school teachers from the sciences, healthcare professions, and other professional disciplines, because our goal is to help faculty in all disciplines integrate the principles of critical pedagogy and creativity into their curricula. THATCamp registration is open to the public for a fee of $30. Non-D’Youville attendees can also choose to attend the Conference on Teaching Innovation, also held at D’Youville College, occurring the day before THATCamp, at a discount package price of $70. Both conferences are free to attend for all D’Youville College faculty.


Register for THATCamp only on May 23.

Additionally, you can register for the Conference on Teaching Innovation on May 22 and THATCamp on May 23, both at D’Youville College.


Out of town attendees can enjoy Buffalo, a vibrant city filled with things to do and discover! This classic American city is undergoing a 21st-century renaissance that includes a revitalized waterfront and neighborhoods, burgeoning craft beer scene and new attractionsrestaurants and hotels. That’s in addition to the classic American architecture (including several Frank Lloyd Wright buildings), world-renowned art scene and eponymous chicken wings that have always put our city on the map. Let the following hotels know you are attending an event at D’Youville College and they may be able to offer you a discounted stay.

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Buffalo Canalside

(716) 840-9566

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Buffalo Canalside

Hilton Garden Inn

Embassy Suites

*What is Critical Pedagogy?

According to educator Ira Shor, Critical Pedagogy encompasses “habits of thought, reading, writing, and speaking which go beneath surface meaning, first impressions, dominant myths, official pronouncements, traditional clichés, received wisdom, and mere opinions, to understand the deep meaning, root causes, social context, ideology, and personal consequences of any action, event, object, process, organization, experience, text, subject matter, policy, mass media, or discourse” (Empowering Education, 129). Critical Pedagogy is a vision and practice of education as a form of social transformation: not just preparing students for the existing jobs in the world as it is, but preparing them to transform that world from what it is into what it could be. Critical Pedagogy argues that in the traditional mode of education, the voices and experiences of the students themselves are silenced and marginalized; students are taught to be passive receptacles of the knowledge that the teacher distributes. Critical Pedagogy seeks to interrupt and destabilize this model of education in order to liberate students to become active and empowered citizens.


Here is a list of resources and Web sites about critical pedagogy.