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Collaborative Technology-Based Projects at Hamilton College

Marginalized Conflicts Podcasting Project Overview

Description and Resources

Marginalized Conflicts Podcasting

Course Name:
Intro to Peace and Conflict Studies

Course Description:
PEAC 111 is an interdisciplinary introduction to thinking critically about peace and conflict. We - as a community of instructors and students -- take recurrent cycles of conflict, as well as related processes of displacement, struggle, and suffering as our point of departure. Simultaneously, we are concerned with how people wage peace, construct (and reconstruct) justice, and imagine different futures for themselves, their families, communities, nations, and the world. We track the legacies of genocide, the possibilities and difficulties of 'rights,' and the new forms of repression emergent since the end of the Cold War. We examine the problematic of intervention and consider the changing roles of multilateral and humanitarian organizations, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in responding to conflict.

For every conflict we examine, there are tens, if not hundreds, of conflicts we cannot address as a course. The very conflict, present or past, which propelled you to take this course on thinking critically about violence, war, and peace, may not be directly addressed. With our concern with the construction of what counts as history in mind, working with Clarence Maybee and Ray Nardelli, through the Marginalized Conflicts Podcasting project, we will address conflicts left unaddressed - either in our class examination or in the broader frame of existing historical knowledge.

Project Description:
Through a series of steps over the course of the semester, you will select a topic of interest, learn how to find and evaluate a range of different kinds of sources about that topic as well as critically appraise what kinds of information are not available, and why?, write a script for ten-minute podcast, record the raw audio material for your podcast, edit the podcast, and decide whether or not to distribute your podcast with the others produced in the course.

» Tyrell Haberkorn

Completed Student Projects

Tyrell Haberkorn's podcast - Created Fall, 2008

Miriam Neustadt's podcast - Created Fall, 2008

Bardha Ajeti's podcast - Created Fall, 2008

Goals, Process and Outcomes

Project Goals:
Why a podcast instead of a research paper? As a field that crosses the boundaries between theory and practice, there are a variety of ways of disseminating information about peace and conflict studies. While some practitioners are scholars who write in the traditional sites of journal articles and books, many other practitioners blog, podcast, and set up social networking groups to create and circulate information. In terms of research and analysis necessary to complete this project, a podcast is not completely different than the usual assignment of a term paper. What is different is that through writing, recording, and distributing a podcast, you will by necessity think about audience and your work will have an audience much broader than only your instructor. This semester, we will create knowledge as well as consume it.

Project Process:
* 9/25 - class meets with Clarence Maybee, the Information Literacy Librarian. Together we will think about and critically evaluate different kinds of information available. Following our meeting with Clarence, identify at least five different sources you will use as you write your podcast. Offer brief 2-3 sentences? critical evaluations about each source and also one paragraph reflecting about the process of finding x. Lesson Plan
* 10/7 - class meets with Clarence Maybee to discuss script ideas and questions. Your podcast will be ten minutes in length. This is approximately 4-5 pages of double-spaced text.
* 10/10 - submit Tyrell's podcast to iTunes for approval.
* 10/16 - class meets with Ray Nardelli, the Digital Media Manager, to learn the basics of audio recording and editing.
* 10/23-12/4 - each class period, three students will go to record their podcast rather than coming to the usual PEAC 111 class in Olin 301.