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Digital Temple of George Herbert event March 6

022713Feature_DigitalTempleFor literary scholars, it’s the next best thing to being there.

After many years of tedious work, Dr. Chris Hodgkins (in visual), a professor of English here at UNCG, and Dr. Robert Whalen of Northern Michigan University, have thrown open the doors to their Digital Temple of George Herbert. By subscribing to the Temple, scholars and lay readers can access ultra-high-quality, searchable reproductions of two surviving manuscripts and a first edition of “The Temple,” a collection of poems by the Welsh-born poet and Anglican priest who lived from 1593-1633.

The Temple debuts with a free presentation in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. Hodgkins and Whalen will show off the project and answer questions beginning at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 6.

“There’s no substitute for holding the book in your hand, feeling the pages, smelling the pages,” says Hodgkins. “The idea is not to replace a paper archive, but to make it possible to give thousands, tens of thousands, even millions of people over the years, access to these materials.”

In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) gave Hodgkins and Whalen a $250,000 Digital Humanities Scholarly Editions Grant to complete the project. The Temple went live last month, published through the Rotunda Portal of the University of Virginia Press.

Jackson Library has one of the world’s largest Herbert collections thanks to Dr. Amy Charles, a Herbert biographer and scholar who taught at UNCG from 1954 until her retirement in 1985.

By Michelle Hines
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