In conjunction with an ongoing student project and J-term class, Special Collections has mounted an exhibit drawn from the College Archives– A People’s History of Middlebury College: Student Resistance and Social Change. From an uprising of students in 1822 asking for the dismissal of a professor, to the student strike in 1970 to protest of the war in Vietnam, through the formation of diverse activist groups like the Black Students for Mutual Understanding, the exhibit draws on primary sources in the College Archives. These resources have been heavily used by Hanna Mahon ’13.5 and Kristina Johansson ’14 as they’ve worked on the People’s History of Middlebury project over the past year, and used by the students in the J-term class that Hanna and Kristina are teaching. See the exhibit in the front vestibule, and the Harman Periodicals Reading Area of Davis Family Library.
To listen to an audio recording of the related panel discussion “Middlebury in the 1960s” see this blog post.
Also on display in the Davis Family Library Atrium– Antique wooden toys produced in local toy factories.
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Special Collections has enjoyed a busy start to 2014 with several J-term classes visiting this week to use our collections for coursework. Prof. Peter Lourie’s class Adventure Writing and Digital Story Telling came to see 17th to early 20th century examples of travel and adventure writing, as well as to view photos from the College Archives of students engaging in their own adventures over the years.
And below see some photos from Prof. Kacy McKinney’s class Space and Place in the Graphic Novel. Students learned about the history of illustrations in books, viewing everything from a 1484 illuminated Latin text, to recently published graphic novels.
In December 2013 LIS upgraded the audio/video equipment in many classrooms on-campus:
- AXT 201
- FIC FR1
- FIC CK1
- GFD CLS
- BIH 104
- BIH 117
- BIH 161
- BIH 317
- BIH 505
- BIH 632
- PRS KDR
Here is what has changed:
- installed a new, brighter, high definition projector
- added a new type of connection (HDMI) but kept the existing video connections
- replaced the DVD player with a Blu-ray player that can play DVDs as well as Blu-ray discs
- removed the VCR (3 loaner VCRs are available at the Davis Family Library and 1 will be available at Armstrong soon; VCRs can be plugged into the auxiliary video input at the rack)
- replaced the aging touch panel with a slightly larger one that we’ve found is easier to use (very similar to the touch panels in many other classrooms)
We’d be happy to schedule an orientation session – just contact us at email@example.com. You can also watch a video on how to use the new equipment.
In 2014 we plan to upgrade the equipment in several other classrooms:
Please join us as we engage in a discussion and workshop on audio and podcasting for education with radio producer and filmmaker, Erin Davis, in January. Participants will walk away from this two day workshop with a clear map for podcast production from concept to distribution. We will begin by addressing the fundamental question, “What is a podcast?” and swiftly continue to cover:
- Format, style and themes of a variety of leading podcasts
- Equipment needs & recording techniques
- Software & editing basics
- Distribution and sharing
The discussion and workshop will occur on Monday, January 20th and Wednesday, January 22nd, from 1pm-4:30pm. There will also be time to work with technologists on project work on Tuesday, January 21st, from 1-4:30pm.
Erin Davis is a radio producer and filmmaker living in Vermont. Her audio work has aired on All Things Considered, Studio 360 and elsewhere. She studied documentary at The New School, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, in the studio with visionary cinematographer Albert Maysles and in the field on projects like the Oscar nominated film The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant and award winning Remote Area Medical.
If you would like to attend please sign up using this link - https://docs.google.com/a/