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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Thu, April 22, 2010 • 3:15 PM • HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

Talk by Carl Blyth: Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything Followed by Laura Goudet: Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Thursday, April 22, 2010

3:15 PM

HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

 

Talk by Carl Blyth: Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

 

Followed by Laura Goudet: Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

 

Refreshments will be served.

 

Reading as a Team Sport: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

Carl Blyth

 

For at least a generation, surveys have indicated a sharp decline in the number of college students who read literature for pleasure. And yet, the Internet has given rise to an impressive array of new literacies. Students today are reading but not like they used to. Increasingly social and interactive, new forms of reading challenge the traditional conception of reading as an individual mental activity. This talk problematizes the changes associated with “eliteracy” by examining eComma, a web-based text annotation tool developed in the UT Department of English to promote close reading of literary texts. It is argued that eComma sheds new light on the potential epistemic and cognitive benefits of digital literacy.

 

Identity and Self-Definition in African-American Communities Online

Laura Goudet

 

The rise of online platforms allows people who share common interests to interact. In a time where the 2010 census distinguishes African Americans, Negroes and Blacks, the question arises as to how a community as diverse as African Americans defines itself. This talk will examine identity and self-definition of African Americans through the study of words and expressions they use to describe themselves on the very broad platform BlackPlanet.com. As can be seen on this website, where no hierarchy exists between the participants, the terms describing their own ethnic community abound, from militant to politically correct, while their semantics converge and diverge. 

 

Sponsored by: Department of French and Italian


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