News: WCP and LMC Faculty Research and Pedagogy Highlights

Posted August 26, 2019

Sometimes we find the most interesting texts through serendipity, as Brittain Fellow Dr. Darcy Mullen explains in her Transformative Narrative titled "Just Recipes and Stories." Explaining how stories are never really just stories and recipes are never just recipes, she emphasizes the politics at play in a cookbook she discovered at the Atlanta History Center's Keenan Research Center. For her, food is about more than nourishing the body; food is deeply rooted in issues of social justice, gender equity, racial politics, and accessibility. Listen to her story here.

2019 is the International Year of the Periodic Table, and Brittain Fellow Dr. Courtney Hoffman's summer session ENGL 1102 class explored the WOVEN communication at work in the Table itself. For the collaborative final artifact of the term, Hoffman challenged her students to design their own periodic tables, concentrating on the Written, Visual, and Nonverbal modes as they produced their tables. Students chose their "elements" to organize, and considered design principles such as color, proximity, contrast, and form as they created tables. Read more about this project here.

Brittain Fellow Dr. Kent Linthicum's new article, "Learning to Teach in the Anthropocene," is avaiable for you to read on TECHStyle. He argues that, "I can't teach my students to save the world that was, but I can teach them how to contribute to the communities which shape the world that will be." This idea is certainly an important one, considering the fires currently consuming the Amazon.

We’re coming up on October and horror film season, when those of us who love a good scare can incorporate the spooky and the uncanny into our pedagogy. And, of course, not only are the films discussed examples of WOVEN communication, podcasts are helpful when discussing Oral and Nonverbal communication in the classroom. Georgia Tech professor Dr. Lisa Yaszek is a featured guest on this week’s Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy, a Wired.com podcast. The episode, titled “Nobody’s Watching the Best Giant-Monster Movies,” will be of particular interest to those who are teaching FYC courses with science fiction or monster movie themes, as it focuses on recent giant monster flicks.