This course will work on library and other research skills and have a major research project around the theme of curating. Our approach will use theories from cultural studies as we look at the idea of curating culture, selves, nature, and objects (digital and analog) in an information-based society. Web sites like Pinterest have popularized a form of curating, or at least the selection and collection aspects of it. The notions of care and value that go with curating will be up for discussion and redefinition. We will read some short work in cultural studies theory, numerous academic and popular articles related to curating, and a set of literary texts that can be connected readily to curating. Students will write a formal research paper and curate a collection of their own choosing. This class meets twice per week like most three-credit courses and has the equivalent of one credit of online work per week.


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