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CDI Digital Collection "Kake Walk at UVM" Featured in ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Summer Course

Published: February 25, 2010 by Sophia Lloyd

We are proud to announce the CDI's involvement in this Continuing Education course. ALAN 095 OL1 D1 Curating Kake Walk: Race, Memory and Representation is an online, 3-credit course that will examine the controversial legacy of Kake Walk at UVM. Our Outreach Librarian, Robin M. Katz, will co-teach the course with Brian Joseph Gilley, Director of the ALANA US Ethnic Studies Program.

Using inter-disciplinary methodological frameworks, students will explore the ways archival materials are organized, presented and used to construct cultural memory. At the same time, students will be asked to engage in the practice of digital curation by helping to produce the "Kake Walk at UVM" CDI collection.

Digital Curation: A unique opportunity! Students will work with digitized materials from the University Archives, including programs, student newspapers, financial records, and historical photographs. The "Kake Walk at UVM" digital collection will feature students' contributions and will go live on the CDI at the end of the summer.

Historical Background: Blackface minstrel shows were once a prevailing form of entertainment in American popular culture. Similarly, the "cake walk" dance craze was a national phenomenon. For eighty years, UVM's Kake Walk was the hallmark social event of the annual Winter Carnival. In the theatrical tradition of minstrelsy (which later influenced vaudeville), fraternity brothers donned blackface makeup and performed highly stylized and choreographed dances to the tune of "Cotton Babes." This tradition has become - in the decades after its abolition in 1969 - a fascinating historical platform for examining the cultural construction and representation of race and representation in the U.S.

Want to sign up for this course? Matriculated and Continuing Education students can now use CRN 60745 to enroll. If you have questions about the registration process, please contact the registrar.

UVM Secondary Ed Students to Use CDI Collections in Burlington High School History Classes

Published: February 03, 2010 by Robin M. Katz

Today, Library Assistant Professor Robin M. Katz visited Dr. Barri Tinkler's course EDSC 225: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools.

This UVM service-learning course will collaborate with the CDI to create "webquests" for Burlington High School history classes. A webquest is a web-based inquiry activity that allows students to pursue answers to essential questions through the investigation of digital resources.

Professor Katz gave a brief lecture "Primary Source Learning Through Digital Libraries" which covered the unique challenges for K-12 primary source research (whether in person or online) and an overview of digital library development. See the Powerpoint

She then introduced the students to the CDI's site and gave a demonstration on discovery methods for CDI research. Students completed an in-class exercise designed to measure their ability to find and evaluate CDI materials which could be included in a webquest. See the exercise

Look back this Spring for the final products. All webquests will be available on the CDI website for public use.

To schedule an instruction session for your course, contact us at cdi@uvm.edu.

CDI Collaborates with Secondary Education Service-Learning Course

Published: December 16, 2009 by Robin M. Katz

This Spring, the CDI is partnering with Dr. Barri Tinkler's EDSC 225: Teaching Social Studies in Secondary Schools

Students in this service-learning course will use our collections to create webquests for Burlington High School classrooms. A webquest is a web-based inquiry activity that allows students to pursue answers to essential questions through the investigation of digital resources.

It is the CDI's goal to make primary sources available for K-12 students in Vermont and beyond. Collaborating with EDSC 225 will allow us to better reach high school students. This partnership also allows UVM Education students to learn about curriculum development and online learning resources in a hands-on, professional environment.

Want to sign up for this course? Matriculated and Continuing Education students can now use CRN 11333 to enroll. Contact the registrar for more details.

Interested in similarly collaborating with the CDI?   Email us!