KU Libraries Information Literacy Mini-Grants: 2018 Grant Recipients

Information Literacy Mini-Grants 2018 Panel

A panel presentation featuring the 2018 KU Libraries information literacy mini-grants recipients was held on April 15th, 2019. Faculty recipients discussed their experiences participating in the information literacy mini-grants program and collaborating with librarians on assignment design.  You can view the panel presentation here.

Click on the names of the winners to view their open educational resources (OERs) in KU Scholarworks.

Tamara Falicov, Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies
Meggie Mapes, Introductory Course Director, Department of Communication Studies
Joshua Miner, Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies

Tamara Falicov

Tamara Falicov is Associate Dean for Research in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies. Professor Falicov’s specialty is the study of Latin American film industries and she is a significant contributor to the KU Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Images of the Southern Cone: Cinemas of Argentina, Chile, Uruguay

This course will examine the cinemas of three neighboring South American countries to find similar themes and some differences between them historically, politically, and culturally. Themes will include: gender and nation, political repression during dictatorship, globalization and the cinema, youth culture in the Southern Cone, and representations of race and ethnicity, immigration and identity in contemporary cinema. Other themes in common are financing issues, such as co-production agreements, film production under the regional trade pact Mercosur and issues of circulation, distribution and marketing of national films. Most films will be feature length narrative, but a few documentaries will be shown.

Meggie Mapes

Meggie Mapes is a Professor in the Department of Communication Studies. Her work examines the intersections of feminist rhetorical thought, new media, and public pedagogy. She Is currently developing a research program around communication pedagogy and believes that the Communication Studies basic course plays a profound role in undergraduate learning and graduate teaching success.

Capstone in Digital Rhetoric

New and digital mediums/media have altered landscapes of human communication. Access to diverse types of information, cultures, and communities have expanded and patterns of communication have adjusted. In this class, students will use a rhetorical lens to a) analyze and investigate digital communication and b) practice the production of communication in new media, resulting in an original research project. In the capstone course students synthesize and apply knowledge and skills gained through the major. Capstone coursework requires students to integrate practices and theories learned in their areas of concentration. Topics within each concentration change as needs and resources develop.

Joshua Miner

Joshua D. Miner is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies. He received graduate degrees from the University of North Texas and the University of Iowa, where his research focused on Native/First Nations activist film, visual art, and new media. Since coming to KU, he has taught courses in documentary film, film + media aesthetics, Native/Indigenous film + media, activist media, and videogame theory + design.

Indigenous Film & Media

There has always been a rich tradition of Native media-makers working alongside and against larger media institutions’ problematic representations of beaded and feathered warriors and medicine men. This course offers an introduction to the history and theory of such global Indigenous cinemas and media, with North America as our starting point. We will explore the emergence of Indigenous film cultures and learn their representative movements and filmmakers, as well as learn to recognize several Indigenous aesthetic and narrative practices.
In establishing an Indigenous media “optics,” we will survey Indigenous media practices from across the planet and across a broad generic spectrum.