Schedule of Events

Panel Presentations, 2:00-3:00PM

Dr. Fran Teague, Department of Theatre and Film Studies
In spring of 2012, Dr. Teague taught the first class hosted in the new Russell Special Collections Building. The course taught dramaturgy, and asked students to perform historical research in various collections of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in preparation for performances. Since the end of the course, two doctoral students have incorporated this research into dissertation topics and five undergraduates will present their work at the CURP symposium.

Dr. Shane Hamilton, Department of History
Dr. Hamilton will speak about an experimental assignment in spatial history that required students in his Technology and American Culture course to locate historical documents and analyze them within a geographical framework. Highlighting both the promises and pitfalls of such a project, Hamilton will suggest some rules of thumb for instructors thinking of integrating digital humanities research projects into their existing courses.

Dr. Cynthia Dillard, Mary Frances Early Professor of Teacher Education, College of Education
In the Fall of 2012, Dr. Dillard conducted a doctoral seminar entitled Black Identity, Spirituality and A Civics of Belonging. The focus in the seminar was to draw on history to remember the long legacy and heritage of African culture and civic engagement in order to understand how to create a new civics of belonging for teachers, students, and communities serving African American students. Using the Special Collections Library as a resource in these explorations, students drew from letters, photographs, personal papers and other related documents related to the history of African American education and sociopolitical life. The students both wrote scholarly papers and created short digital documentaries that addressed their new understandings.

Breakout Sessions, 3:00-4:00PM

3:00-3:30 Sessions

Session 1:

Dr. Barbara McCaskill, Department of English
Ms. Caroline Killens, Head, University Archives and Records Management, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Mr. Steven Brown, University Archivist Emeritus, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Dr. Barbara McCaskill has worked with Special Collections archivists Steven Brown and Caroline Killens to prepare students in her AFAM/ENGL 4880 courses for Reacting to The Past games on the Civil Rights Movement and writing assignments on early African American literature. Her students have used the library classrooms to evaluate and interpret materials from the Russell Library and Hargrett Collection.

Session 2:

Dr. Horace Newcomb, Lambdin Kay Chair for the Peabodys and Director, The George Foster Peabody Awards
Ms. Mary Miller, Peabody Awards Collection Archivist, Walter J. Brown Media Archives

The more students and scholars use the media archive, the more discoveries are made about media and social life. In 2008, Dr. Newcomb's Journalism 8240 graduate class in media studies devoted their semester to Peabody Awards Collection-based research projects. In this breakout session, Dr. Newcomb will discuss the lessons he learned from this process and his vision for greater scholarly use of the collection.

3:30-4:00 Sessions

Session 3:

Dr. Brian Drake, Department of History
Ms. Jill Severn, Head of Access and Outreach, Russell Library

In 2010, Dr. Brian Drake and Dr. Shane Hamilton and archivist Jill Severn embarked on a project to get undergraduate history majors more experience with developing a topic from scratch and conducting original research earlier in their program of study.

Both professors worked with Severn to develop a course writing assignment for their 3000-level history courses on the U. S. 1945-present based on Russell Library collections. Students in these classes developed topics based on the constituent correspondence in Senator Herman Talmadge’s papers on issues ranging from the Vietnam War to Watergate. Both professors see the value of the assignment in the confidence and proficiency that students who have taken the class demonstrate when they move on to writing their senior history papers.

Session 4:

Dr. Fran Teague, Department of Theatre and Film Studies
Mr. Charles Barber, Head of Manuscripts, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

In the spring of 2012, Dr. Teague taught the first class hosted in the new Russell Special Collections Building. The course taught dramaturgy, and asked students to perform historical research in various collections of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in preparation for performances. Teague and Barber will discuss the issues involved with holding a class in the Russell Special Collections Building and the benefits resulting from regular class room access to original materials.

Session 5:

Dr. Misha Cahnmann-Taylor, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, College of Education
Anne Devine, Bibliographic Coordinator for Rare Books, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Melisa Cahnmann-Taylor's students have worked with manuscripts, books and maps relating to colonial Georgia and to the Native American experience. She will discuss using these materials from the Hargrett Library's collections to inspire creativity in her poetry workshops.

*Dr. Cahnmann-Taylor’s session will be abbreviated due to class commitments, and will run from 3:45-4:00.

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