The Politics of Information Access - Instructions
201 (Section 53330)
Thursday, 4:00-4:50, 117 Lincoln Hall
Laura Quilter | firstname.lastname@example.org | 996-8974
Veronda Pitchford | email@example.com | 996-2728
- be familiar with the materials you're covering - you will
probably have to read several extra pieces for the week you facilitate.
Consider all the possible & related ideas listed in the agenda. Although
the discussion may not be able to cover all of these, you should be
prepared to ask intelligent questions of your classmates and the
speakers about each of them to spur group discussion.
- have questions ready to prompt - some should be related to the
comments that have come through the listserve on readings for that
- have initial statements prepared to spur discussion.
- make sure everyone has a fair chance to speak. keep
You can have an activity prepared if you don't want to just do
discussion. Possible activities are listed below:
- Bring in an outside expert to speak. Speakers should speak
for no more than 15 or so minutes to preserve the interactivity of the
- Organize an interactive program to present your information.
Suggestions: Making Sense of the Media: A Handbook of Popular Education
Techniques by Eleonora Castaño Ferreira and João
Castaño Ferreira. Also look at Paolo Freire's materials.
- Bring in a short video or film (very short - less than 15
minutes) as a jump-off for discussion. (Arrange with instructors getting
Possible External Speakers
The people listed below have all indicated willingness to speak to our
class - although they may not be able to make it on particular dates. The
moderator needs to contact the possible speaker and make arrangements with
them. Speakers other than these listed below are certainly acceptable.
Talk with the instructors in advance about the possible speaker. The
guidelines would be:
- a speaker should not speak for more than 15 minutes, and
then the class should have discussion and Q&A.
- the moderator should be prepared with questions & answers in
advance. Questions both for the speaker about his or her talk or work,
and questions for the class to spur discussion. Moderation will still be
the duty of the student moderator -- not of the guest speaker.
- John Shuler - head of Government Documents Dept., UIC Library.
Also doing a class on "the nerves of government information" for the
Honors College. Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Darlene Gramigna - works with American Friends Service
Committee (AFSC) on media literacy issues. Contact at 312.427.2533.
- Paul Donahue
What I do and my take on alternative media.
I work with Labor Beat, a weekly public cable access show in
Chicago. Labor Beat produces documentaries on the labor movement from a
radical, rank and file perspective. It has nationwide distribution
through cable access programs elsewhere in the country, and via broadcast
on Free Speech TV, a national public cable access program. I also helped
organize, and continue to work with, CounterMedia, which is an alternative
My philosophy of alternative media is basically that people should
make media themselves. Making media can be incredibly empowering because
it leads people to realize that their lives, stories, and histories have
as much worth as any disseminated by the mainstream media. Oftentimes,
these are also the histories that are overlooked and under-reported by the
Id be happy to be contacted as a speaker; please do so via email
(which is email@example.com) or by phone (312-666-0245).
- The Coalition for Positive Sexuality distributes safe sex and
pro sex information to teens. http://www.positive.org/
- Sprite: pager 312.512.5828 - Sprite is involved with a variety
of projects and knowledgeable about various areas, including hacking,
police spying, encryption ...
- Danny Postel: LoweyLuvz@aol.com 773-761-6034 - Danny Postel is
the creator, host and producer of FREE ASSOCIATIONS Radio, a weekly
program about politics, culture, and ideas broadcast on three stations in
Chicago: WHPK (U of C), WZRD (Northeastern IL Univ.) & WNUR (Northwestern
Univ.), and one in Milwaukee: WMSE (Milwaukee School of Engineering). His
interviews and articles have appeared in IN THESE TIMES, Z Magazine,
ALTERNATIVE PRESS REVIEW, CHICAGO INK, LUMPEN, NEW CITY, 3rd WORD,
PHILOSOPHY & SOCIAL CRITICISM, and NEW POLITICS. He is on the editorial
board of CHICAGO INK.