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Designing and Building a Companion Website for a Scholarly Monograph
Olivia Mahler-Haug, project mentor: Allison Truitt

This project is a continuation of a grant originally funded the Newcomb College Institute.  The original project was to develop a web-site as an educational resource in conjunction with a scholarly monograph, Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City.  Faculty in the humanities and social sciences are still publishing books, but this model is under stress from alternative sources including electronic journals and web-based sites.  This project proposes to rethink the relationship of the reader to the book by designing a companion web-site, thereby making the claims of the book available to wider and potentially global audiences but not replacing the book, which still has an important role in the life of disciplines like cultural anthropology.  

Based on our survey of web-sites last semester, Olivia and I realized there were few models for what is proposed here, namely to use web-based technology as a means to expand and enrich the usefulness of a published ethnography in a classroom setting.  While for-profit publishers are already developing companion web-sites for textbooks, many of the sites are unfinished or provide limited access to material such as questions, flashcards, etc.  More to the point, these sites are simply about making material available rather than rethinking the relationship of the reader to the book via a web–site.   

By contrast, the proposed web-site offers new forms of engagement and allows for asynchronous discussions about the broader claims of the book and their applicability to other cultural and historical contexts. 

Down by The River: Exploring Environmental & African American History Along Louisiana's River Road
Kristin Wintersteen

Down By the River is a public history project that coordinated by Kristin Wintersteen and Kristen Evans of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. It seeks to provide a platform through which the public—students, scholars, residents, and visitors—can engage the complex and multi-layered past of the Lower Mississippi region, bringing together the documentary fragments scattered about in local archives and building upon them with new stories to more deeply explore the contours of River Road environmental history.

This project currently incorporates the research of students in the service learning seminar that I taught in Fall 2012 and will again teach in Spring 2013, as well as three local volunteers of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade (our service partner), and in Spring 2013 a part-time student Research Assistant. A central component of our project is the presentation of our work via an interactive website; at present we have synopses of the work-in-progress, including a newsletter with descriptions of student research, posted at http://downbytheriverproject.org/

The media intern will be responsible for:

  • contributing design ideas, participating in team meetings and building the website, using content that has already been produced by students during Fall 2012, and new material generated by researches during Spring 2013.  This will require the incorporation of multimedia elements (audio, video, images, etc.) with the corresponding textual analyses. 
  • helping the team present the results of the project at the end of the semester. 

There will be other optional opportunities for training in use of archival documents, field trips and local events in conjunction with the project and the service learning course.

The Early Connections Project: Training Video for Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Natural Hair, Website and Community Parenting Blog
Marva Lewis

The media intern will create two related projects designed to support the community-based parent support group called Talk, Touch & Listen While Combing Natural Hair (TT&L).  This group is designed to strengthen mother-daughter attachment relationships through the routine and rituals associated with the everyday task of combing hair.  The goal of this 8-week intervention is to strengthen relationships with their young daughters ages zero to twelve.  When mothers spend ten minutes a day x 365 days a year x 12 years combing her daughter's hair, she will have 4,380 opportunities to bond with her daughter during this daily task.  TT&L serves as a compliment to community agency services. Local and national community partners planning to offer TT&L groups include the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at the Children's Hospital, which serves sexually and physically abused children, and the San Diego State University Counseling program that will be conducting a group at an elementary school for homeless children. Copies of the training video will be made to agency staff trained to facilitate TT&L groups with their participants.  The intern will be responsible for two projects.

  •  Produce a 10-15 minute training video of the hair combing interaction of three African-American mother-daughter dyads asked to volunteer as models.  The video will be used to help caregivers participating in the TT&L support group to identify different ways that mothers will touch, talk and listen to their daughters during their hair-combing task. The intern will videotape their interaction in the visualization laboratory at the TSSW.
  •  Create an interactive website and blog for TT&L participants to comment on their relationship experiences combing their daughter's hair. Each week there will be a 'Thinking Question' stemming from the topic of the TT&L group that the mothers may log on from anywhere and participate in the '4,380' blog.  For example, at the end of Session #5, the mothers are asked "What are the memories you want for your daughter from the time you spent with her combing her hair?"

Participation in this project will enable the Newcomb student intern to develop media skills and contribute to an innovative project designed to help mother-daughter relationships.

The History and Political Activism of Creole Women in New Orleans in the Early Twentieth Century
Alexandra Saizan, project mentor: Emily Clark

Alexandra's research will include analyzing the city’s racial caste system, gender norms and relations in New Orleans, and the civil rights activism (or absence of activism) of Creole women. She will explore the race and gender politics of New Orleans and how they impacted attempts to earn civil equality throughout the twentieth century. She also will research “quiet activism,” which was Civil Rights activism performed by middle class minorities in the South. It is an area of research that has only recently been explored by historians. This information will be compiled into an easily accessible and navigable Media Wiki for use by historians, students, and other researchers.

Online Exhibit of Fairy Tale Illustrations
project mentor: Elio Brancaforte

The media intern will work with Professor Elio Brancaforte to develop an online exhibit on the art of Fairy Tale Illustrations.  This exhibit content will be created by the 25 students in GERM 3670-01, "Grimm Reckonings: The Development of the German Fairy Tale". The intern will be responsible for:

  • Scanning library materials in Special Collections (Jones Hall) and creating an image database of fairy tale illustrations.
  • Researching various methods of presenting the online exhibit.
  • Creating the online exhibit.
  • Designing a poster of the exhibit and handouts for visitors, along with foam core panels that will provide background information for the visitors to the exhibition.
  • Videotaping students as they talk about the images in the exhibit and then integrating the videos into the online exhibit.

If the intern is interested in the topic of fairy tales, she can attend/audit the weekly classes that meet T, R, 2-3:15.

Tulane Desegregation Documentary
project mentor: Melissa Harris-Perry

The media intern will be responsible for conducting interviews with alumni about the moment of Tulane’s desegregation and will be responsible for using this footage and interview transcriptions to story board a documentary about this historical moment. The student will then work to use the interview footage to create a documentary about Tulane’s desegregation, to be screened in 2013 and made available via social media.

Place-Based Storytelling in New Orleans: Digital Archive and Blog
KJ Schmidt, project mentors: Luisa Dantas and Joel Dinerstien

KJ assisted with a class called Place-Based Storytelling in New Orleans. The class works to produce 4 in class video projects that document New Orleans history and culture as well as Tulane video production in New Orleans, which help to create an archive for these subjects. The class is partnered with an organization called ReThink, which gives students in New Orleans' schools the tools and guidance to make changes and "rethink" different aspects of their schools. The class helps the kids make video projects of their own, and also documents ReThink meetings, creating an archive for the organization. The class also adds to the data base of MediaNOLA, about Youth Media Culture. Karen cares for all the equipment by keeping it charged, stored, and checking it in and out. She posts contributions to MediaNOLA, manages the Blogger and Youtube accounts, logs footage for ReThink, and participate in all of the in class video projects as well as assist the ReThink Kids with their projects.

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The Newcomb Oral History Project
Candace Ross, project mentor: Susan Tucker

The Newcomb Oral History Project includes hundreds of interviews, lectures, and conversations of Newcomb alumnae, faculty members, notable New Orleanians, and more. The oral histories are in the process of being digitized, as most of the recordings are on cassette tapes. The website features just some of these oral histories. Listeners can hear the recording, follow along with a transcript or summary, and read biographies on the Newcomb Oral History Project Website (http://newcomb.tulane.edu/blogs/oral-histories). These oral histories will forever preserve the rich history of Newcomb College.

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Beverly Blair Cook Papers Supplemental Webpage
Robin Taylor, project mentor: Nancy Maveety

This project involves creating a website using Adobe Dreamweaver in order to create an online archival resource featuring The Beverly Blair Cook Papers, using digitized images from the collection to present a more accessible way to explore this rich archive.  The website will eventually feature an more comprehensive Finding Aid, and an interactive map displaying Cook's courthouse post card collections.

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