That's right, I've got no class. As I diligently pound out the pages of my dissertation, I am not teaching this semester--rather I am acting as Research Assistant for my advisor and Senior Researcher at the Social Media Collective
, Microsoft Research New England, Mary Gray
. I'm grateful for the six semesters I got to interact with students at Indiana University and I look forward to my next teaching gig... wherever that may be!
This fall I am excited to be teaching public speaking for the first time at IU. I'll be sharing acting tips and techniques I learned while getting my B.A. in Drama and Speech. Just like acting, public speaking is about creating an effective persona and connecting with your audience. We'll also learn how to use mindfulness meditation to instill calm and confidence.
Here's the course description:
C121 at Indiana University is a contemporary course in the art of rhetoric. What is rhetoric? Gerard A. Hauser (University of Colorado) is as follows:
"Rhetoric is an instrumental use of language. One person engages another person in an exchange of symbols to accomplish some goal. It is not communication for communication's sake. Rhetoric is communication that attempts to coordinate social action. For this reason, rhetorical communication is explicitly pragmatic. Its goal is to influence human choices on specific matters that require immediate attention."
C121 works from this view of rhetoric as communication directed toward social action. In this course, you will learn how to recognize situations in which your rhetorical action (e.g., speaking, writing) can contribute to the well being of a community.
Each assignment in C121 is an opportunity to bring an audience together not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally through your use of language, delivery, research, and many other speaking resources. Moreover, you’ll then be able to help your audience understand events or issues and motivate them to help resolve current social problems.
Wherever your future path leads, you’ll find public speaking is an indispensable resource.
2011 Summer Session I: M, T, R 3:00-5:00 p.m.
In this service learning class,
we will use audio production to document and evaluate coming changes to the
Southern Indiana soundscape. Breaking
into small teams, students will interview rural residents and record human and
natural sounds in the pathway of the controversial new Interstate 69 extension.
Though there will be readings, we will mostly learn through doing—practicing
ethnographic and audio production methods while serving the community. The
stories and soundscapes we record will be edited for an audio documentary
broadcast on community radio station WFHB. We will also archive and share our
recordings, photos, and fieldnotes through Traditional Arts Indiana.
What is a soundscape? Over the past decade an increasing number of artists,
musicians, and scholars have turned an ear to the sonic dimension of everyday
life and lived space. Focusing on the
“soundscape” means paying close attention to the natural, mechanical, and
mediated sounds that help shape our lives. It also means critically
examining—and even intervening in—human activities that alter the aural world. The
sounds of I-69 will radically alter the soundscape and aural experience of local
people. As scholars, we will theorize the nature of these changes. As community
activists, we will draw attention to the soundscape as a threatened aspect of
What will we be doing in
will read materials on three topics: 1) soundscapes and human experience of
sound, 2) ethnographic research methods, and 3) audio production techniques. Skills learned in class will include audio recording,
sound editing, and ethnographic interviews, transcription, and analysis.
Visiting lecturers will include local activists, folklorists, and audio
producers. Students will spend much of their time “in the field,” doing
interviews, taking photos, and making field recordings. You will compile an
ethnographic portfolio, archive your data, and write a five-to-seven page paper
discussing your work.
Is this class for me? Students with interests in sound, ethnography, media
production, journalism, and/or environmental issues will particularly enjoy
this class. It is recommended (but not required) to have prior experience in at
least one of two areas: ethnography (C122 or a class in
folklore, cultural anthropology, or ethnomusicology) or production (audio, video, or journalism).