Say It Like You Mean It: Graduate Education and Creative Expression in Thinking, Making, and Doing History
The session panel is creative collective of graduate students Cody Foster, Eric Gonzalez, and Dara Vance, and Dr. Kevin Gannon. These four scholars met via Twitter, where they produce research, create exhibitions, and experiment with the boundaries of making history. Project Ed’s session is an opportunity to experience the value of creative expression in researching, writing, and producing history that is engaging and thoughtful to a wide audience.
The session will first introduce participants to the social media components through which session components will be distributed. This includes twitter feed, goggle docs, and web sites. Participants will then explore three projects that synthesize research, expression, and professional practices into a digital presentation format. The session will conclude with a 30-minute session in which participants and presenters discuss challenges and opportunities for 21st century graduate student education. A central theme that weaves the three projects together is the performative aspect of producing and digesting historic research. The session places emphasis on the need to engage history as a verb in order to broaden the scope and scale of inquiry and the methods of expression. Scale in the historic profession can be approached literally, quantitatively, and conceptually. Scale is, at its essence, proportional relationships and comparisons. The session presenters believe scale, in the 21st century, must include an examination of the relationships between traditional research in proportion to creative expression, and academic comfort in proportion to risk-taking. In what way can the elements and principles that drive research and decision-making in the performing, visual, and design arts also drive the inquiry and publication process of history in the 21st century?