This is a slightly different tact, but I'm also in the process 
developing a humanities computing course. Instead of text processing, I 
plan to focus on the use of computer graphics. The idea (at least right 
now) is to have a cross-listed CS/History/American-Studies course in 
computer modeling is taught within the framework of material culture (I 
suspect archaeologists could find use for it too). Students will learn 
how to hand-model, and use 3D scans to generate digital surrogates, 
while keeping in mind the significance of the vernacular architecture of 
the original.

My hope is that a final project would include a beautifully rendered 
model of an object and a paper on the material culture. I know this is a 
slightly different approach, but my feeling is that on a "big" 
humanities project, the humanists won't necessarily be the one's doing 
the programming. By giving students some exposure to working on a 
non-trivial project, I think it also goes a long way in giving different 
disciplines an appreciation for the complexity and nuances of what 
others bring to the table.


Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> If its not to late to comment...
> An awful lot of "humanities" folk (not sure how many subjects you want 
> it to cover) really want databases, I'd say, not text-handling. We all 
> need to teach data analysis, whether it be of medieval texts or census 
> returns or coin collections, and I'd argue that the
> experience gained, and the immediacy of the results, is a lot more use 
> than a term of XML. Representation of data by a tree structure in XML, 
> and querying it using XQuery, is jolly useful, but is it maybe a 
> slightly niche activity in the humanities as a whole?
> I also wonder about teaching programming using Javascript? may sound 
> dirty, but its fun and immediate,
> and has real uses.
> Sebastian Rahtz

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