Students collaborate on project about gender inequality.
Students in Contemporary Ethical Issues, a senior-level course in the History Department that’s being offered for the first time this year, are regularly encouraged to ask the question: how can we take what we’ve learned and share it with the wider community? During a recent unit on gender inequality, Edel Galgon ’17 thought she had an answer. Even better, she thought that it would allow them to approach the topic in a creative, visual way that lent itself to the organic spreading of ideas. She suggested the class make a zine together.
“The zine format lends itself to more creative and visual components than a typical website,” Edel noted. “The idea was that people could hold it and flip through it, learn a couple insights, and then pass it on to another person.”
“After lots of meetings with Mr. Carney talking about what the goal of the project was and how it could be accomplished, we rolled out the guidelines of the project,” said Edel of the initial planning process. “Everyone in the class was grouped by topics that they had worked on for previous papers and set off to make a page or two of photos or infographics. To go a little more in-depth, each group wrote a collaborative paragraph about how their topics connected. Then everyone sent their work to me and I sat in my room on a Saturday afternoon downloading and compiling and test-printing.”
Women in Our World: A Zine by the Students in Contemporary Ethical Issues ultimately tackles a wide range of topics around women and gender inequality in the current moment, including pay disparities, obstacles facing women in the workplace, gendered workloads in the home, reproductive rights, and violence against women. Data, photos, facts, and information are displayed in a variety of ways, from infographics to photo collages to graphic design-heavy narrative sections.
“I hope that students understand that communications and creativity are important and that finding ways to connect with your community allows you to have an impact larger than yourself,” Edel said of the zine’s intended effect. “I hope that the information is presented in a compelling enough way that readers who pick the zine up or read it online move towards an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the issues facing women in the world today.”