Readings, resources, preliminary steps, and due dates are organized by class meetings below:
For first class meeting: Wednesday, February 10 (4:00-5:30)
Read: Road Show Exhibition Labels – Read for content (it’s crucial you feel familiar with Road Show themes and content) but also think about form: what do exhibition labels accomplish? what do they include and leave out? Note: I wrote minimal labels for this show, describing all the many objects in a section with a single, long-ish label (200-250 words); I did not include individual labels for each object (…this means there will be ample space to expand each section with object-level description and interpretation). For more about the structure and organization of Road Show, see: Resources: About the Exhibition. You may also wish to familiarize yourself with Road Show’s companion exhibition: Imaginary Voyages exhibition text.
Write: “Travel Papers” Label Writing Experiment – An opportunity to write about one or more “travel papers” in their own context and not as part of a larger narrative or argument. Please send your text and photo to NK by email before 5pm on Tuesday, 2-9
Curious about what’s up next? Read: Beinecke Library Micro Exhibitions: A Guide & Road Show Micro Exhibitions (formats and examples)
For second class meeting: Wednesday March 3 (4:00-5:30)
Write: Social Media Broadcasting Assignment (submit to NK via email by 3pm on Tuesday, 3-2) . Following the social media workshop on March 3, participants are invited to post to YCAL-JWJ Twitter and / or Instagram throughout the remainder of term
Looking Forward: Review the details for your final projects: Micro Exhibition and Landing Page & Public Presentation; for our class meeting, be prepared to say in ONE SENTENCE the likely topic for your final micro exhibition, including the format you expect to use. Your sentence can focus on an idea, an object that fascinates you, or some preliminary combination of both (i.e.: I’d like to make my micro exhibition as a sway presentation about 19th century whaling ships, but I haven’t selected my objects yet; I would like to make a micro exhibition using this journal kept by an African American cook on a 19th century whaling ship and I’d like to learn how to use the sway platform, but I am not sure if my micro exhibition will be about whaling, African American travelers in the 19th century, or something else). Collaborative proposals are welcome.
For third class meeting: Wednesday April 7 (4:00-5:30)
Revise: social media workshop posts and publish to YCAL-JWJ social media (ongoing)
Draft: micro exhibition intro or long label text NOTE: 200-word limit (looking for guidelines? see “Writing for a Micro Exhibiton”: Beinecke Library Micro Exhibitions: A Guide) (submit to NK via email by 3pm on Tuesday, 4-6 -- be prepared to share with the class)
Ask: In this class meeting we’ll have an opportunity for small group or one-on-one meetings with Beinecke curators about your micro exhibitions and presentations. Please email NK by Monday, April 5, at 3pm, to indicate specific topics, issues, areas of concern (these can be specific questions (“I am not sure how to address this part of my story…”) or broad categorical matters (“I am having trouble writing my labels”).
For fourth class meeting/s: Monday April 12 & 19 @ 4:00
Complete: Micro Exhibition and Landing Page & Public Presentation (post by Sunday April 11 & 18 at 5pm); questions about landing pages? see: How to Make a Landing Page
Present: Mondays at Beinecke Presentation // Each member of the Road Show public humanities workshop will make a public presentation about their research in the Mondays at Beinecke Series on Monday April 12 & / and 19 @ 4:00 :
Monday, April 12: Kelsey Champagne (History and Renaissance Studies), Stéphanie Machabee (Religious Studies), Abigail Fields (French Studies), Brittany Levingston (English and African American Studies) (register: Mondays at Beinecke: Road Show - Travel Papers in American Literature (part 1))
Monday, April 19: Bench Ansfield (American Studies), Claire Barnes (Divinity School), Anna Deunsing (History and African American Studies), Rebecca Flemister (Drama School), Jathan Martin (Divinity School) (register: Mondays at Beinecke: Road Show - Travel Papers in American Literature (part 2))
Revise: social media workshop posts and publish to YCAL-JWJ social media – (final posts, April 20)