The students of LATS 41 have collaborated on final projects, and through these final projects they have engaged in creative and critical studies of the representations of/from Latinas/os in the Media and the Arts. In these culminating investigations, the students have placed themselves and their audiences at the center of their aesthetic and intellectual explorations. Some students chose to present performance pieces, which eminated from the students' original scripts and which included PowerPoint slide presentations, costumes, song, dance, comedy and poetry. Other students utilized a variety of electronic media in their creative investigations (video, radio, film, new media), and other students explored the fine arts (painting, drawing, mural art and collage). Most of the students' projects involved a combination of media and artistic forms.
All of the final projects for LATS 41 were presented to a live audience at our final culture night, which was entitled, "Re-presenting Latinidad," and which occurred in Alumni Hall in the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College at the end of the spring term 2002. By presenting their work to an audience of peers, friends and other people from the Dartmouth community, the students were able to share their final projects directly with an audience, which was much larger audience that the usual individual professor and the other students enrolled in the course. This audience from the Dartmouth community proved to be very inspirational for the students of LATS 41.
Another means of sharing the students' projects with a prospective audience beyond the walls of our classroom is through the medium of the Internet. This Student Project Showcase is a collection of digital video archives, which present our student "Project Profiles." These Project Profiles have been co-designed by the students of LATS 41, by the the course teaching assistant, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, by the web designer, Susan Simon, and myself. The goal of these archives is to capture, in digital form, some of the essence of the achievements and experiences that the students had as they rehearsed, wrote, created, edited collaborated on, and ultimately, presented for their culminating course projects for LATS 41. For each of the Project Profiles I have chosen key quotes from the students' final papers and organized them under the following headings: Abstract, Content, Process, Collaboration, Audience, and Learning Outcomes.
The Student Project Showcase, therefore, is a collection of the students' own
"ethnographies," perspectives, and personal journeys, which they wrote about in
their final papers, and which are quoted in the following pages. The students
were also interviewed at the end of the course and excerpts from these interview
videotapes is included in the Project Profiles. This showcase is presented as an
integral part of the LATS 41 course website, so that other people, who were not
able to experience the students' presentations in person, are able to view and
hear some key moments that capture some essential aspects of the students'
projects. These multimedia "chronicles" incorporate digital video footage, which
trace the process the students' undergo for their final projects, from
conception, through the refinement, and to the conclusion of the projects.
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