New Collections-Based Modules in Existing Undergraduate Courses
Through this curricular development opportunity, doctoral students in the humanities gain leadership experience in curricular development, digital pedagogy strategies, and collaborative skills by working with a faculty collaborator, as well with librarians, archivists, and curators, to create new collections-based modules for undergraduate courses. Check back for their reflective essays. See the 2020 cohort flyer.
Meet the 2020 Cohort
For the Archives and the (in)Visible Body module, LeTriece Calhoun (English) will work with Dr. Annette Vee to use the Black Panther Party materials found in Pitt’s Archival and Special Collections to examine the construction of the black body in the course Seminar in Composition: Gender Studies.
Using the Digital Transgender Archives, Sritama Chatterjee (English) is working with Dr. Julie Beaulieu to develop a module entitled, Fragments, Ephemera and Periodicals: Reimagining Global Trans History that will engage deeply with queer and trans self-fashioning for the Transgender Studies course.
- Listening to the Archive: Reimagining Global Trans History
- Mess, Letters, Reviews: Teaching Transgender Histories from Digital Archives
Caitlin Dahl (French) is working on a module to be integrated into Dr. Chloé Hogg’s Kings and Queens course that will focus on Pitt’s University Art Gallery collection of Jacques Callot’s Les Grands Misères de la Guerre (1633) prints, which are important documents of the visual representation of violence.
- Visual Representation of Violence in Jacques Callot’s Les Grands Misères de la Guerre
- Historical Violence, Contemporary Power: Looking Through Callot's Prints of War
For Dr. Gretchen Bender’s Museums: Society and Inclusion course, Rebecca Giordano (History of Art and Architecture) will be producing a module on the Image of the Black in Western Art digital collections to expand student understanding of the social construction of race.
- The Image of the Black in Western Art
- Collaboration and My Work with the Image of the Black in Western Art
Working with Pitt’s Cap and Gown Club Records and the Kuntu Repertory Theatre Records, Victoria LaFave (Theatre Arts) will develop a module to encourage students to think critically about their own engagement with, and responsibility to, performances and aesthetic productions for Dr. Patrick McKelvey’s Enjoying Performances course.
Using the Image of the Black in Western Art archive, Jacqueline Lombard (History of Art and Architecture), with Dr. Christopher Nygren, is developing a module that examines identity, Blackness, and race in Renaissance art for the Italian Renaissance Art course.
- Visualizing the Italian Renaissance as a Space to Talk About Race
- Race, Representation, and the Renaissance: Virtual Gallery Visits for the Art Historical Classroom
Emily Mazzola (History of Art and Architecture)’s module aims to teach students to become proficient at using digital museum collections across the world to conduct art historical and museum studies research in Dr. Barbara McCloskey’s course Foundations of Art History.
- Museum Collection Databases and the Digital Lives of Objects
- Museum Collection Databases and the Digital Lives of Objects: Part 2
Krystle Stricklin (History of Art and Architecture) will utilize several major digital collections, including the University of Miami’s Cuban Heritage Collection, with Dr. Jennifer Josten to teach students about the Cuban exile experience through oral histories, photographs, and short readings in the course Art and Politics in Modern Latin America.