Faculty Notes

Kimberly Springer: On teaching race and new technologies

Posted May 18:  Kimberly Springer, Sterling Brown Visiting Professor in Africana Studies, encouraged student in her course, Blackness 2.0: Race & New Technologies, to use new media to produce dynamic, creative projects on race and video games.  Students situated their own experiences with video games in critical race, gender, and gaming theories to critique issues of identity construction, choice, free play , and sociall constructed environments in Second Life, Grand Theft Auto, SIMS3, Urbz, and Call of Duty.

Springer and students enrolled in the course gained valuable training in software programs (Comic Life and iMovie) and assistance from Media Mentor Marcus Morrissette, Tamra Hjermstad (Media Spaces and Technologies coordinator), and Media Education Center staff.

Please visit the course blog at http://raceandnewtech.wordpress.com