Kari A Lerum
Study of special topics in interdisciplinary arts and sciences. Prerequisite: BIS 300.
Multi-Media Storytelling for Social Transformation: People understand themselves and others through the stories they hear and tell. From Hollywood to CNN to religious sermons to Facebook, we are all both consumers and creators of stories. This senior seminar will ask students to activate a hybrid or “layered account” (Ronai 1995) model of telling stories; one that approaches a social issue from a variety of perspectives or “layers,” ranging from personal accounts and artistic renditions to statistics and “facts.” The course will ask students to link personal with political/public stories by choosing from a list a topics and connecting to it through 5 “M’s”: me (personal connection to the topic), math (quantitative understandings of the topic), movement (how the topic fits into larger social movements), music (what the topic “sounds” like), and maps (where the topic “lives,” and where you would like to make connections or outreach, in the material world). Students will choose one of these topics to work on personally (in the creation of your digital story), and then you will join with the others who have also chosen this topic to create a multi-media “layered account” of the topic.
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