Sunday, April 3, 2011

What is a zine?

We're thinking about making a zine to compile all of our class work.

Let's talk a bit about what a zine is.

Key markers: self-published, accessible, brief, cheap to produce

Origins: 
  • Martin Luther's 95 Theses 1517
  • Thomas Paine "Common Sense" 1776
Political/cultural tool that goes beyond the scope of electoral politics and academia:
not institutionalized; DIY ethic: make your own culture (Stephen Duncombe).

How effective are zines at inspiring personal, institutional or social change in your experience?

What role do media like zines have to play in building a new world?

How is everyone's project going and how do you see it fitting into the zine/blog? Who has artistic
skills they want to contribute?

What shared themes emerge from our different projects and perspectives on the course? 

How do we compile all of our work? Blog and/or zine?

What should we call it/them?

Friday, April 1, 2011

Bienvenidos! Ani! Bozhoo! Welcome! Tungasugit! Wilkommen!

Part of our final project for the course America Profundo is this blog, "The Many Voices of America Profundo". Here we'll be posting student expressions, reflections, poetry, songs, analyses, musings, prose, along with various other work written throughout the semester. Each student or group will submit a short piece of writing which speaks to their work throughout the semester. The goal of this project is to create a learning archive which will serve to both document our learning experiences throughout this course and allow students to share their work with the rest of the class and beyond. In doing so, we hope to create a concrete collective work to highlight the value of inter-student learning and emphasize that everyone has valuable knowledge and experience to share. In this way, this project seeks to create a collective piece of work where the voices of all students can be shared and reflected upon. Enjoy!