The Humanities, Arts, Sciences, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, or HASTAC is a network of individuals and institutions inspired by the possibilities that new technologies offer for shaping how people learn, teach, communicate, and organize local and global communities. It was created to look toward the future of higher education in a digital age with a three-pronged focus on new media and technologies, critical thinking, and participatory learning.
The Simpson Center is a leading member of the HASTAC consortium. Each year, it nominates graduate students to serve as HASTAC Scholars, a program that seeks to bring the innovative work and events taking place in the institutions, communities, and regions of HASTAC Scholars to the attention of the HASTAC network. HASTAC Scholars represent their home institutions to the national consortium by participating in online intellectual dialogues and networking with scholars face-to-face to discuss theoretical, critical, and technical matters related to digital culture.