News and Events
Brittain Fellow Rebekah Fitzsimmons Publishes Article on Teaching Digital and Archival Research Methodologies
January 8, 2019
This article details an undergraduate student research project titled “The Possibly Impossible Research Project,” a collaborative effort between the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature at the University of Florida and the Writing and Communication Program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The article outlines the pedagogy behind a multimodal digital research project that provided Georgia Tech students with in-depth instruction into archival research processes while improving the Baldwin’s annotated bibliography. The article then details the process of teaching the course and how students responded to the project both during and after the course. This assignment also offered students an opportunity to uncover and make meaning as researchers in their own right, and to distribute that new knowledge through public facing digital platforms such as Twitter and Wikipedia. The authors conclude that the collaborative project had meaningful impacts on the undergraduate students, the course instructor, the curator of the Baldwin Library, and the larger academic community; further, it can serve as a model for engaging undergraduate students with archival research, analysis, and dissemination. This article outlines the assignment in detail, including the interactive digital scaffolding assignments. The article cites student research journal tweets and final reflective portfolio essays to demonstrate the successful fulfillment of the student learning outcomes.
December 19, 2018
Greene's research project, "William Morris and The Dawn: Ideas for “The Society of the Future” " investigating the impact of Morris on the brief revival of the Christian Socialist movement in the US during the 1890s has been honored as the winner of the 2019 Joseph R. Dunlap Memorial Fellowship Award.
November 21, 2018
Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure has frequently been read as Hardy›s social critique of marriage, class, and systemic education. Readings of the novel in this critical tradition have a tendency to simplify the text into an allegory emergent from Hardy’s own biography. I seek to destabilize these readings by instead engaging with the text as one not concerned with institutions but rather the underlying social codes that give them coherence. By pairing Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of speech and counter speech with Lee Edelman’s queer critique of child-centered futurity, I offer a new reading of the novel that privileges codes and legibility as central to the novel’s critical project.
November 12, 2018
November 7, 2018
The 2011 National Theatre stage adaptation of Frankenstein, written by Nick Dear and directed by Danny Boyle, highlights a construction of masculinity that relies on and normalizes violence against women. Though Shelley’s narrating scientist only briefly mentions his interactions with his female creature and brushes over his fiancée’s death, on stage, Victor performs necrophilic acts to taunt his creation/counterpart. Later, he and the audience watch while the creature rapes and then murders Elizabeth in a brutal simulacrum of sexual climax. These scenes of violence against women, performed frankly, do not allow for the possibility of emotional recovery or resolution on the part of the audience, but instead become a parody of desire and agency. They thus reinforce violent stereotypes as the basis of toxic masculinity.
March 9, 2019, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Naugle Communication Center, Clough Commons 447
A Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon is a large, scheduled social event that gathers individuals with varying levels of experience in Wikipedia together to add to, improve, copyedit and Wikify articles on a given topic. The event gives newcomers insight and experience into how Wikipedia works and (maybe even more importantly) improves one of the largest public-facing reference resources on the Internet.
This event will empower students, faculty and staff to join the community of Wikipedia editors and add to one of the world’s largest and most popular reference texts. Working side-by-side with other editors with a variety of writing and editing expertise, participants can get tips and advice on how to start, write, edit, and “Wikifiy” Wikipedia pages. Participants can use their diverse knowledge, research skills, and digital editing abilities to contribute their existing expertise or engage in new research during the event . Participants can share their research, exercise their social responsibilities as members of a prestigious technical institute, and expand the influence of diverse voices in STEM (while eating free bagels!)