This is a tough time for everyone. We are also reminded that arts and culture matter, perhaps now more than ever. To that end, I am delighted to announce that with the amazing Philadelphia Soapbox, where I am an ongoing Fellow, we’ve won one of the coveted Pennsylvania Humanities Council‘s pop-up grants for my Tough Talk project.
Tough Talk uses zines to tell difficult stories. The project includes an online toolkit, print resources, and other ways to talk about–and share–the toughest of talk. Feel free to contact me for more details, but the full project should make its debut late summer.
These days I’m an art professor and getting back into the zine life: I’m helping to organize the Philly Zine Fest (November 16-17 at the Rotunda) and teaching a lot of different zine workshops at public libraries, Cherry Street Pier, college classrooms, professional associations, and more. Contact me for more information: email@example.com. I always love to talk about #EverydayLearning through #EverydayCulture.
And speaking of, my co-edited book (with Janise Hurtig) is forthcoming from Lexington Press. Contested Spaces of Adult Education looks at how adults teach and learn in a variety of ways, mostly informal/implicit, in settings beyond the traditional classroom.
I continue to organize Arts of Resistance, an ongoing popular education workshop focused on the use of print media to respond to the criminalization of survivors of domestic violence. TL; DR? Too much jargon? It’s a workshop where we learn from each other and other experts how systems of violence are interrelated, how marginalized people are disproportionately punished for defending themselves/ourselves, and how people have used print media to fight for a better future for all of us.
I’m quoted in an article about Taylor Swift in the French magazine Les Echos Week-End. Everyday culture matters.
New work published here: On Cheerleading and Political Football (research and activism). Check it out, if you like. Discover Society is an online magazine of social research, policy analysis, and commentary.
An editor at the Huffington Post recently asked me to comment on the myth of meritocracy and Harvard’s rescinded fellowship offers to qualified candidates Michelle Jones and Chelsea Manning, so I did. Read here, if you like.
This 2-hour interactive workshop focuses on ways to use Twitter with your students to help them further engage with course materials, concepts, and one another. We will discuss the common misconceptions about Millennial-age students and their use of social media as well as the very real perils of professors facing censure for their own use of social media, and use those fears and myths to examine what it is that social media, specifically Twitter, can offer students and professors in the liberal arts classroom. Through exercises, brainstorming, strategies, and analysis of case studies and existing assignments, participants in this workshop will leave with a better sense of where, how, and why Twitter might help students engage more deeply with learning.
I had the pleasure of facilitating this workshop at Swarthmore College on 4/5/17 with lovely, engaged colleagues working and thinking about student digital engagement.
Feedback from participants includes this Twitter gem (and look for #TYPSwat session-specific hashtag):
If you (or your institution) might be interested in scheduling a workshop, let me know.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule; also feel free to reach out on Twitter: @CarolynChernoff
Right now I’m teaching Sociology 101, an intermediate-level seminar on Sociology of Sex and Gender (or as I say, GSS: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality, but the acronym’s a gloss on the other GSS for a hilarious sociology in-joke), and an advanced Queer Sociology seminar. Very proud of my students, who are interrogating some very difficult material.
Later this month I’ll present research at the Sociologists for Women in Society Conference and the Eastern Sociological Society. My independent study student Gwen Kelly will present a poster based on her work at ESS, too. Look for her if you’re there.
I’m co-leading a zine workshop at SWS with Jax Gonzalez (University of Colorado-Boulder), and leading a digital pedagogy workshop at Swarthmore focused on Twitter in March.
Since my work is engaged and interdisciplinary, this is just the type of semester that I like to have: teaching students to use their sociological imaginations, conducting and sharing research about digital identities and organizational change, and collaborating with colleagues on issues of pedagogy and practice.