Heather’s Workshops for Videregående Students

All workshops can be adjusted to meet the language level of any class, just ask!

Create and circulate: zines, American subcultures, and DIY publishing
In this workshop, students will explore the history of zines (self-published magazines), learn the differences between zines and other types of traditional books and magazines, and will discuss aspects of American subcultures and identity that are new to them by examining and reviewing zines from the presenter’s own library collection.

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-identify a zine and define the difference between zines and other published material
-discuss why zines are created and what types of American subcultures use zines to disseminate information
-critique aspects of zines they view to classmates or a teacher
-compare how zines are similar or different to other publishing platforms in Norway

*this workshop is best suited to classes under 40 students

The Black Panther Party: Radicals? Revolutionaries?
Who were the Black Panthers? Were they militant radicals or community organizers seeking change for injustices against Black Americans? In this workshop, we will unpack some of the ideas about the Black Panther Party through a short history of the Black Panthers and an exploration of primary source materials. After a short historical explanation, students will form small groups and examine the 10 Point Program (one of the foundational documents for the Black Panthers) and investigate materials related to the Black Panthers (photos, newspaper articles, and a short video).

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-define who the Black Panthers were and why they are important to American history
-discuss the differences between a radical and a revolutionary
-critique a primary source

Youth Rise Up: contemporary American youth activism in American Culture
The United States is famous for its charged social movements, iconic leaders, and protest culture. But what role do young people play? In this workshop, students will learn about the leadership role youth had in protests and activism during this past decade in the United States by examining key events such as the Parkland (Florida) school massacre, the shooting of Trayvon Martin, and the immigration fight over “Dreamers”—undocumented youth immigrants. Issues will be discussed in context with short videos, news articles, and photographs. Students will have a chance to draw comparisons between United States activism and Norwegian activism and will be encouraged to find similarities and differences.  

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-reflect on the role of young people in social movements in specific events in US history
-explain the key ideas and issues at stake for young activists in the US
-discuss the similarities between US and Norwegian youth activism

*this workshop can be modified to accommodate a large audience

Fake news, media bias, and you
During and after the election of President Trump, the term “fake news” came into popularity to refer to news stories, videos, and journalism that were potentially full of falsehoods. In reality, no news media is immune from publishing false information, but the rise of social media has made it easier for fake news to go viral. In this workshop, students exercise critical thinking skills to uncover media bias, suspicious online news outlets, and hoaxes in current American news.

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-define fake news, viral, media bias, and credibility
-examine specific news stories and identify potentially dubious information
-explain the role social media plays in spreading fake news

*this workshop can be modified to accommodate a large audience

English as a regional language
It’s commonly understood that English is a “universal” language, spoken across many countries throughout the world. But how does English vary across different regions in the US? In this workshop, students will explore a variety of accents and dialects, and will learn about how phrases can have very different meanings in different parts of the country, leading to miscommunication and mishaps even among Americans! In addition, we will explore language and body language stereotypes (as seen in the media) and discuss the idea of ‘code-switching’ (where speakers change their vocabulary, intonation, or syntax based on their audience).

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-identify different regional American dialects and accents
-discuss with peers how communication styles vary across regions
-define code-switching and understand how certain racial and ethnic groups in the US have used code-switching

Life after high school: choice and the American college-aged student
This workshop will look at the myriad of college options available to young adults after they complete high school and will discuss why and how students decide to go to college in the United States. From community colleges and vocational schools to elite private institutions like Harvard and MIT, the US is not lacking in choices for higher education. How does a student decide? And how will their experience vary based on their choice?

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:
-name and explain some of the different types of college choices in the US
-evaluate and discuss with peers some of the cultural and educational differences between college types in the US
-analyze some of the pros and cons of the variety of choices

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