School of Literature, Media, and Communication

DRIL: Disaster, Recouperation, Industrialization, Landscape

America’s landscape reflects the history of industrialization across the country; take a drive through the coal-mining regions of Pennsylvania, for example, and you’ll see evidence of rundown mills, half-abandoned mining towns, condemned structures, and other physical markers of what was once a booming industry town. As communities seek to adapt to the changing face of industry in America, they seek solutions to complex problems: how can communities memorialize their histories without erasing them?

Science Fiction Film and Television

In the 2nd half of my course, students will be able to select an extended service-learning option by contributing 24 hours of community work (3 hours a week for 8 weeks; or 6 hours a week for 4 weeks) with the Multi-Cultural Sci-Fi Organization (MCSFO), the group that runs the diversity-oriented Atlanta Sci-Fi Film Festival (ASCIFFF) which puts on a slate of exciting fall events including feature and short film screenings, new movie and XR premieres, director talks, industry professional panels and interviews, a parallel STEAM SFF film festival for local K-12 youth, and short film as well a

Special Topics: Arduino Prototyping

The course provides a hands-on introduction to hardware prototyping with the Arduino platform. Arduinos are useful microcontrollers that support easy access to sensors, motors, lights, or other components. The class covers the use of tools, various sensors, and actuators, as well as an introduction to the programming of Arduinos. Some coding knowledge is beneficial, but the course itself does not require prior programming or prototyping experience. The class will not provide an in-depth technological breakdown to cover e.g.

Global Hunger

Georgia Tech is not a”‘house of hunger.” Geographically, GT sits at an intersection of homelessness, food insecurity, and urban precarity, yet within the borders of the campus these issues often remain hidden. As we begin to move outward from our campus, into divided Atlanta, out to suburbia, we can begin to trace how global issues map onto the local community.

Atlanta's Persistent Memory

How do we, as (part-time, full-time, or temporary) citizens of Atlanta, uncover the diverse layers of the past which structure our campus, the city, and other places that we inhabit, pass through, or imagine? Atlanta’s streets, avenues, green spaces, and buildings may look permanent but instead are in a constant state of flux. What was here before? What will be here in the future?

Socio-Economic Ecologies of the Atlanta Home

This course focuses on the socio-economic ecologies that support (or not) the sustainable Purpose Built Communities Model. Organizations like the Grove Park Foundation in Atlanta aim to target issues like unequal housing and education through initiatives such as Mixed Income Housing, Cradle-to-College Education, and community health and wellness programs. However, issues like gentrification, environmental degradation, and economic crises hinder this equitable decision making.

The End is Nigh, Eventually: Global and Local Approaches to the Pre-Apocalypse

Apocalypse (noun): From the Greek apokálypsis, 'Uncovering' The end of the world. The great calamity. The apocalypse. Discussions of climate change, natural disasters, pandemics, and violence have become an everyday occurrence, and the rhetoric surrounding these ideas is often nihilistic -- focused on the inevitability of our destruction – or post-apocalyptic – fixated on how humanity recovers after catastrophic events. But what does it mean to experience the time preceding an apocalypse?

Postcolonial Ecofeminism

This course will enable you to become a more effective communicator in various modes, media, and genres by introducing you to diverse representations of postcolonial ecologies. In this course you will watch films and documentaries, read essays, graphic narratives, and short stories, and look at digital story maps to explore the plurality across media of rhetorical constructions of environmental justice. We will begin with analyzing what environmental justice looks like in the postcolonial condition.

The Cultural History of Trees and the Tech Tower White Oak

In a recent episode of the television series Ted Lasso, Beard (Ted’s assistant coach) name-drops Suzanne Simard in a random comment. Prior to that conversation, he is seen reading Merlin Sheldrake’s recent book Entangled Life. Sheldrake and Simard study the complex interactions between trees, plants, fungi, and bacteria— work that points toward different research models and questions how we conceptualize life. Other scholars across many fields have in the last decade begun to rethink the complex entanglements of human and non-human lives, with trees figuring prominently.

Women in Literature, Science, & Technology

This writing and communication class focuses on women’s writing in the 20th and 21st centuries in literature, science, and technology. Through multiple modes of communication – fiction, poetry, essays, films, and academic scholarship – we think about the challenges, inequalities, and pleasures of women and the society and culture in which we operate.  

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