George Mason University, | Fairfax, VA | Computers & Writing 2018 | C.7 Activism in Virtual Publics Panel| Fenwick 4008 | Friday, May 25 | 2:15 – 3:30 PM
Join us for a panel on Activism in Virtual Publics
Sandra Nelson – Sex in Networked Publics. This talk considers the ways Facebook and FetLife operate as contrasting digital publics through site policy and interface options.
Aimée Knight – Design Justice: Creating Change with Communities. This talk explores how we can enact a Design Justice philosophy in our teaching and research.
Kristina Fennelly – Locating an Ethic of Dissent in the Virtual Town Hall – This talk examines “argument culture” in social media forums like Facebook and Twitter.
A commitment to community building and civic action offers faculty and students in our field opportunities to address immediate real-world needs in our own neighborhoods.
Join us for a half-day workshop on Thursday, May 24, 2018, from 9-12 at Computers and Writing 2018 at George Mason University. With John J Silvestro, Bill Wolff, and Aimée Knight.
This workshop features several models to involve academic courses in digital projects with local nonprofits and community-based organizations. Learning to leverage digital media platforms to advocate for and with communities provides students a meaningful way to engage in designing communication for social change.
We discuss an array of research and creative projects that 1) serve the needs of community partners and 2) can be accomplished by students in one semester. We provide examples from completed projects in areas ranging from professional writing to digital production, including advocacy campaigns, social media audits, website design, digital storytelling, data visualization, video production, and social media content creation.
During three hands-on work sessions, we will provide guidance and support as workshop participants move through the process of designing and developing their own project or assignment that can be worked into a new or an already existing or a new course. Each participant will leave the workshop with a blueprint for a project which responds to community-identified needs and creates real-world deliverables that benefit students and communities. For more details, contact me @aesthetically.