NTC Seminar Preview - June 7, 2012

NTC Seminar Preview - June 7, 2012

We hope you like what we have planned for NTC so far. Mark your calendar, registration opens September 5, 2012.

Gandhi and the Indian Nationalist Movement

Led by Jayanta Sengupta, University of Notre Dame

 This seminar will focus on different aspects of the ideology and politics of Indian nationalism in the 19th and 20th centuries, and examine its relationship with identities based on religion, class, gender and caste. This seminar will also examine the role that Gandhi’s unconventional and often controversial politics, played in the Indian nationalist movement. Some of the key questions that will be discussed are: to what extent was the Indian nation an “imagined community”? How did this nationalism become a mass movement? Can Gandhi’s leadership be explained by political wiliness and pragmatism, or by willingness to embark on new experiments with the truth? Most importantly, why did this nationalist movement ultimately fail to prevent the partition of the subcontinent between India and Pakistan?

Writing and New Media

Led by Matthew Pearson, DePaul University

 While some scholars and critics disparage the rise of new media for communication like text messaging, Facebook, Twitter, and blogs, others praise these media as exciting and worthwhile technologies for written communication. This seminar will take up this debate and examine what evidence exists to support claims that these media are negatively or positively effecting young people as they develop as writers. Much of the seminar will focus on how to leverage our students’ participation in these forms of communication to help them grow as writers and readers ready to navigate the changing nature of literate practices.  We will also discuss and practice with some forms of online writing that are most pedagogically useful for teachers and students, like blogs and ePortfolios.

Media, Politics and the Constructions of Political Realities

Led Catherine May, DePaul University

 This seminar will explore the structural biases of the mass media and the ways in which political realities are framed and constructed. Specifically, the seminar will revolve around a number of questions such as:  What is the role of the media in American democracy? How do the media distort political reality? What are the sources of media power? How do ownership patterns of the mass media affect the type of information offered in the society? How has media de-regulation contributed to the nationalization of the news? How do political elites use the media for the own purposes? Are there consequences for American democracy in how the public is informed? How might the quality of information in American be improved? Particular attention and analysis will be given to the media coverage of 2012 Presidential election and the media portrayals of the Iraq War.


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