Teaching Social Justice and Democracy Through Young Adult Literature and the Pedagogical Approach of Critical Literacy

America has a problem. Presidential candidate Donald Trump galvanized his supporters, using the campaign slogan ‘Make America Great Again’. But ‘great’ by what yardstick? The 1940’s or 1950’s era? America has never been great, not for anyone but white (Christian) males. Since Trump’s election victory on November 8th, 2016, diverse groups across the country have expressed their fear for a growing imbalance in power relations, further marginalization within public domains, and discriminatory intrusions on their personal and collective freedoms (including restrictions on their movements). But perhaps a positive outcome of the 2016 election is that this problem – reactionary response against the dismantling of white (Christian) male privilege – has been brought out from the secret corners of the country into the light, now publicly visible where it can be addressed collectively towards a resolution that works for America’s diverse multicultural population as a whole. This same problem has also come to light in Canada since the US election, challenging Canadians towards a collective fix. How do we do this?

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Journal Blog on Young Adult Literature (LIS 515)

Here is the link to my journal blog on young adult literature: https://bookmarkedx.wordpress.com/

This journal blog explores my reactions/responses to my selected young adult titles, and defines my framework for collection development.

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iOS Data Security & Research Data Collection

For anyone who missed it or would like a copy of my slides, here are my Nov 2016 Margaret Scott Wright conference mini-tutorial slides on iOS data security, i.e. using iPhones and iPads to collect research data.

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My book talk video assignment for LIS 515. In this video I discuss T. H. White’s The Once and Future King.

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My Atomic Ink blog on comics in wartime propaganda

I created this blog as an assignment for the couse LIS 518.

https://atomicink.wordpress.com/

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My Read & React Review of Rosberg’s Article “Self-published Comics Are Changing an  Aging Industry – For the Better”

Citation:

Rosberg, C. (2016, June 30). Self-published comics are changing an aging industry—for  the better. The A.V. Club.  Retrieved from http://www.avclub.com/article/selfpublishedcomicsarechangingagingindustry238613

 

Summary/Interpretation

Rosberg (2016) provides an overview of the self-publisher vs. large (corporate) publisher dichotomy within the comics industry, highlighting obstacles and imbalances that self-publishers and small (independent) publishers face, and describing self-publishing as gaining momentum and reshaping the industry in a way that is serving up very real challenges to publishing giants such as DC Comics, Inc. and Marvel Comics.

A critique of established systems of recognition and awards within the comics industry is Rosberg’s catalyst for discussion. She describes some structural aspects that underpin the prestigious Eisner Awards’ failure to respond to the challenges that self-publishers and small publishers level within the industry; Namely, that nominations systems and voting systems are biased towards large corporate publishers, undermining their inclusion of / relevance for the growing market share of creators and audiences outside the mainstream (Rosberg, 2016).

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My Intellectual Freedom Web blog… Tank Girl case study

This is a project website I created as an assignment for my LIS 518 course on comics and graphic novels:

https://intellectualfreedomweb.wordpress.com/

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