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Pratt Institute, SSWI 277-01 Politics of Global Resistance: Colombia
This course will provide students with the theoretical and practical tools to actively engage with social, cultural and political issues within a global context. Throughout the course, students will develop a hands-on project that will respond to community struggles that aim towards social change within Colombia. Students will uncover new ways to confront critical issues while engaging in fieldwork in order to learn about social practice and political resistance on the ground in collaboration with local communities. We will focus on topics of repression and resistance, critical indigenous rights, Afro-Caribbean issues, LGBT and queer experiences, environmental and social injustices in a Colombian context and explore ways to contribute to positive change, expressing international solidarity, tactics of resistance, documentation and community building through aesthetic and social practices.
Pratt Institute, SS 333-01 Social Justice Think Tank
In this hands-on class, students will engage with the theory and practice of social justice focusing on struggles in New York City. There have always been waves of demonstrations in the city. It is this spirit of resistance, the foundation that our nation was built on, that has inspired protest. As activism emerges from marginalized communities seeking a more just society, we continue to reflect on how social movements continue to inform and influence culture and politics. The goal is to build the capacity of students as critical scholars and engaged artists to analyze and transform their own lives and become partners in the building of more democratic and equitable communities. The class explores theories of justice and the assumptions underlying knowledge production and social practice. Students will experiment with creative interventions and activist research including mapping, street art strategies, photo documentation, video, oral history interviews, and digital technologies. Drawing upon our personal and collective experiences, we will explore the ways scholarship might inform activism, and in turn how social justice struggles might ground our practice/research and theory.
Pratt Institute, LIS 663-01 Metadata: Description and Access
This course covers metadata terminology, content and encoding schemes, applications of metadata standards for different purposes and environments, especially for digital libraries, museums, and other cultural heritage and scholarly digital repositories, as well as various approaches to metadata creation, storage, management, and dissemination, including harvesting and aggregating. Includes overviews of metadata applications including Dublin Core, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), VRA Core, Categories for the Description of Works of Art (CDWA) and Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO); descriptive detail for different forms of material; choice and form of entry for creators; provision of authority control for creators; subject analysis, subject metadata, and thesauri. Additional topics: Preservation Metadata: Implementation Strategies (PREMIS), metadata interoperability, metadata enhancement and OAI-PMH (Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting).
Bronx Community College, Using Archives to Discover Hidden History
Ever wonder why historians use archives in their research? Looking at compelling documents, images and media from the past can make your next research paper more meaningful. Learning to use archives can help you discover stories of less documented people and events, ask insightful questions and gain an appreciation for moments in history. Participants will learn how to analyze archival images, videos and documents to add in their research papers and learn more about BCC campus and local community history.
Bronx Community College, Teaching with Visual and Primary Sources Faculty Workshop
Have you used a photograph or letter to encourage classroom discussion among your students? Or as the basis for a writing assignment? Learn best practices from BCC Librarians and Archivist and find out how to access primary and visual sources at this workshop for faculty. For this faculty workshop, we will share best practices, sample assignments, and demonstrate using the BCC Library and Archival collections.
Bronx Community College, Intro to Oral History
This class goes step-by-step through the creation of your own oral history project, including designing and project planning essentials, selecting your topic, interviewing techniques, equipment choices, ethical and legal considerations, and tips for preserving and sharing your interviews.