Language in Immigrant America

Discussion of issues of language in the context of immigration in the United States, from the turn of the 20th century until the present, combining approaches from literature, memoirs, language policy, media studies, and linguistic anthropology. Some fieldwork in an immigrant community. Topics include: identity, assimilation, race, bilingual communities, bilingual education, foreign accents, language contact.

Politics of Food: Land, Labor, Health, and Economics

Explores the food system through fieldwork, study, and guest lectures that include farmers, nutritionists, sustainable agriculture advocates, rural organizers, and farmworker activists. Examines how food is produced, seeks to identify and understand its workers and working conditions in fields and factories, and, using documentary research conducted in the field and other means, unpacks the major current issues in the food justice arena globally and locally.

The Short Audio Documentary

Introductory to intermediate audio techniques. Students will document the lives of children in East Durham, acting as mentors and helping the children to create audio pieces about their own lives. Students produce four short pieces (roughly three minutes long) in varying styles (journalistic, personal, artistic) for posting on iTunes and on public multimedia websites.