Caroline Werner Gannett Endowed Chair

About Caroline Werner

Carline Werner Gannett

Caroline Werner (1894-1979) was born in Rochester, New York. She married Frank E. Gannett, then co-owner of the Rochester Times-Union, and served as a board member of the Gannett Company and as Vice President and Director of the Gannett Foundation

Speaking at commencement at a local college in Rochester, Caroline Werner Gannett challenged graduates, not only to choose peace rather than war, but placed the choice in context of new media options: “Can you not interpret through the media of modern communication – newspapers, radio, television and magazines – the news of your day in words so effective that sordid literature and stage productions can be routed into disuse?”


At RIT today, we are answering this call, challenging students to interpret the media of modern communication in ways that are routed into good use. We are dedicated to critical and creative analysis of digital culture and data curation, including design visualization, geospatial technology, electronic literature, and virtual or augmented reality. The Caroline Werner Gannett Endowment, under guidance of the Endowed Professor, supports faculty and student research and creative projects that contribute to this mission.

That Camp RIT

The endowment has also been used to support the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Program, by organizing events, like THATCamp, and inviting prominent speakers, like Angel David Nieves and Miriam Posner.

Digital Initiative

Supporting digital initiatives across campus, the Gannett Endowed Chair has also created synergy with The Wallace Center and the Digital Lab, purchasing an archival certified digital scanner for use in teaching our students the best practices for preservation and conservation of documents.

General Grants

This NEH Humanities Connections grant will create three new courses in RIT’s general education curriculum, allowing students to study community memory from two complementary perspectives: coursework and experiential learning. The central questions framing this grant project: how should we as citizens seek to understand community memory within an array of economic, political and technological changes? The project will culminate in a final digital humanities project to curate a Rochester community archive.​