The religious studies professor who is an “evangelist for coding”


When Tim Beal, a Case Western Reserve University Distinguished University Professor and religious studies professor, started talking with colleagues across campus about ways to incorporate computational methods, machine learning and coding into his study of ancient Hebrew literature, new worlds opened up to him. 

“I became a convert. I began to learn coding and new ideas and new questions started to emerge for me as someone working in the humanities.”

Beal, a self-described “evangelist for coding in the humanities,” translated his own enthusiasm for the technological opportunities in the humanities when he founded CWRU’s new Humanities Lab (we call it h.lab). 

Through h.lab, CWRU humanities students are encouraged to experiment with incorporating new technologies into their education and their research. 

► Coding Scholars provides funding for students to work on technology-infused humanities projects of their own or in collaboration with faculty. 
► A new course, Coding for the Humanities, is a low-barrier, no-experience-needed course for humanities students to develop introductory skills in coding that relate to their fields of study. 
► Just Coding Collective is bringing together humanists to use technological tools to address issues of social and environmental justice. 

Bring your ideas. At CWRU you’ll find new avenues to dive into your fields of interest.