Daily Schedule

imag0421Image Credit: Ruth Yow; YELLS Community Garden, Franklin Road, Marietta GA

This schedule is subject to change, so please check it regularly. No changes will be made that disadvantage you; i.e., readings may be replaced or re-ordered but not multiplied, and deadlines may be pushed back but not forward. 

Unit One: Power and Social Change

Week One: Artifact Zero

  • Jan. 10:
    • Introduction to course and Overview of Syllabus
    • Description of and Q&A regarding Artifact Zero (read assignment instructions carefully!)
  • Jan. 12:
    • Have reviewed: this course site and bring questions to class
    • In-class: discuss multimodality and brainstorm/write video scripts

Week Two: Privilege, Race, and Education

  • Jan. 17:
    • Artifact Zero DUE BY THE BEGINNING OF CLASS: Please submit via t-square
    • Reflection Activity
  • Jan. 19:
    • Have read: Peggy McIntosh, “The Invisible Knapsack” (t-square–> Course Readings)
    • Have read: Peter McLaren, “The Emergence of Critical Pedagogy” (PDF on t-square–>Course Readings)
    • Please note; no lecture/visit with Nicole Moore today; she needed to reschedule for the following week.

Week Three: Structure, Agency, and Infographics

  • Jan. 24:
    • Have reviewed description of Project 1 Infographic Assignment, “How I Got to Georgia Tech”
    • Have read: Grace Lee Boggs, “A Paradigm Shift in Our Concept of Education” (t-square–Course Readings)
  • Jan. 26: Please note– this is a change from the 1/19 date; Ms. Moore visits us TODAY!
    • Have read: WOVENText, “Infographics as Effective Multimodal Communication” (t-square–>Course Readings)
    • Regular class does not meet today:
    • SPECIAL REQUIRED LECTURE TODAY, JAN 26: 11am-12pm– visit from Nicole Moore, Education Director, NCCHR, Hall Building, Room 102

Week Four: Student Activism in the ’60s

  • Jan. 31:
    • Have read: SNCC documents from Takin’ it to the Streets (t-square–>Course Readings)
    • Have read: the transcript of this interview with  John Lewis who is a Civil Rights hero and congressman representing Georgia’s Fifth District in the US House of Representatives (Georgia Tech is in Congressman Lewis’s district!)
  • Feb. 2:
    • Infographic Drafts DUE IN CLASS; Peer Workshopping

Week Five: Black Students and Social Change

  • Feb. 7:
    • Have read: all of MARCH (not available at campus bookstore; please order a copy or buy one at an independent bookstore); if you have an A-H name, you will buy and read Book 1; if you have an I-M last name you will buy and read Book 2; if you have an N-Z last name, you will buy and read Book 3.
  • Feb. 9:
    • DUE BY THE BEGINNING OF CLASS: Final Draft of Infographic

Unit Two: Communicating Change

Week Six: Free Speech

  • Feb. 14:
    • Have read: The Port Huron Statement (t-square–>Course Readings)
    • In Class: Mini-presentations to conclude Unit One and introduction to the New Left/Free Speech and Unit Two themes
    • In Class: Explanation of “Practice Footage” and sample Qs for Project 2
  • Feb. 16:
    • Have read: All the instructions for Project 2
    • In class: Five Minutes of Practice Footage: Have Recorded, Conducted, and Critiqued a 5-minute Interview with a Classmate
    • Introduction to Project Two: Activism and Advocacy Podcast

Week Seven: Ethnography, Activism, and Advocacy

  • Feb. 21
    • Field Work:Pick a spot on campus to conduct the observation and ethnography for the Field Note Assignment. We will meet in the classroom, then fan out to do fieldwork, then return to class for brief discussion. 
  • Feb. 23: 
    • DUE BY THE BEGINNING OF CLASS: Field Note (both Parts 1 and 2) submitted to t-square. 750-1000 words. Visitor: Charlie Bennett of the GT Library and Podcast Fame (Lost in the Stacks).

Week Eight: How Justice Movements Evolve

  • March 4: FIELD TRIP TO NCCHR. We will convene under the big bottle cap outside the World of Coke in Centennial Olympic Park at 11am. Centennial Park is a fifteen minute walk (twenty if you are leisurely) from campus.  If you’d rather uber, it would be an inexpensive ride.

Week Nine: U.S. Student Activists and the World

  • March 7:
    • Tony Vellela, Ch. 3 “Divestment,” (19-38) of New Voices: Student Activism in the 80s and 90s entire chapter available on google.books
  • March 9:
    • In Class Workshopping of Project 2: Troubleshooting and Conferences
  • Sunday, March 12: 
    • PODCAST DUE at 5pm, via t-square; Submit both an audio file and a detailed outline 

Week Ten: Globalization


  • March 21: No Class
  • March 23: No Class

Unit 3: Critical Citizenship

Week Twelve: Public History and Problems of Interpretation

  • March 27:
  • March 29:
    • In Class: Flyer proposals; Further Preparation for Project 3; Discussion of Weil; In-class time to work on Project 3 in Groups

Week Thirteen: Human Rights and History’s “First Draft”

  • April 4: IN CLASS WORK-DAY. DRAFT OF YOUR STOP DUE BY 10PM on tsquare.
    • Draft material should include a works cited, an image list and images, and a full draft of your tour stop text.
  • April 6:
    • Have read: Malcolm Gladwell, “Small Change: Why the Revolution will not be Tweeted” the New Yorker (online)
    • Have researched the disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43, and prepared a two-minute oral summary (recommended sources: Vice News; latimes.com;nytimes.com;nation.com;huffingtonpost.com; socialistworker.org;washingpost.com; New Yorker writer Francisco Goldman’s coverage of the 43– google “Goldman, New Yorker, Ayotzinapa”)

Week Fourteen: Storytelling and Social Change

  • Monday April 10th: REVISED PROJECT 3 DRAFTS DUE by 10pm on tsquare. (Use same tab as previous draft; it will have a multiple submission option.)
  • April 11:
    • Presentation Rehearsals and Final Troubleshooting
  • April 13:
    • PROJECT 3 DUE. Class Does Not Meet–SEE BELOW:

Project Presentations and Event: “Is Environmental Justice a Human Right?”: Self-Guided EJ Tour (created by GT students) followed by a Curator Talk at NCCHR, 1:30-4:00pm at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313 (walking distance from campus; all group leaders must attend; IF YOU ARE NOT A GROUP LEADER, BUT YOU ARE GOING TO ATTEND AS WELL, PLEASE LET DR. YOW KNOW.)

Week Fifteen: Final Portfolios

  • April 18
    • Final Portfolio: Guidelines and Q&A
  • April 20
    • In Class Conferences and Peer Review

Week Sixteen/Seventeen: Final Portfolios

  • April 25:
    • Last Instructional Day 
  • May 2nd:
    • Portfolios due on T-Square (as an exported file and as a link) for both sections