Re:Publishing: Publishing as Pedagogy 
Thursday, Feb. 22, noon-1pm 
The Edge Workshop Room (Bostock 127)

An increasing number of instructors are using publishing as a pedagogical tool: by encouraging students to make their work public and usable by others (from blog posts and Wikipedia entries to apps and open-source tools), they introduce opportunities for acquiring new literacies — publishing, visual, digital. At the same time, the public nature of these works raises important questions about student authorship, copyright, privacy, and responsibility. How should new modes of writing and publishing change what students do and learn in the classroom? How can we mitigate the risks, benefit from the possibilities, and learn from emerging communication methods ways to create positive change in the scholarly publishing system? In short, how do we change our instructional practice to accommodate publishing in the classroom?

We will explore these and other questions with our panelists, who bring different perspectives and experiences on how publishing tools as well as the act of creating public-facing works in the classroom change our approach to teaching.

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Mattia Begali

Mattia Begali received his Ph.D. in Italian Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Since 2009, Mattia has served as a Lecturing Fellow of Italian in the Department of Romance Studies at Duke University. Currently, he is enrolled in an M.A. program in Library and Information Science at North Carolina Central University (NCCU). In the past, Mattia experimented with new pedagogical approaches by using Wikipedia as the basis for class assignments. Recently, he joined the team of Project Vox, an initiative and publication on early modern women philosophers. Mattia's role will be to co-design a class in which students take on different roles in creating and publishing content for the Project Vox and acquire deeper understanding of the nature and value of collaborative digital humanities publishing.

Aria Chernik

Aria F. Chernik, JD, PhD, is founder and director of OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation) and a Lecturing Fellow in the Social Science Research Institute at Duke University. Her work focuses on open education innovation. She employs student-generated, open access and open source publishing to underscore the networked structure of knowledge, challenge the academic status quo that expertise should be necessarily privileged, and encourage student engagement and self-direction in learning.

Amanda Starling Gould

Amanda Starling Gould is a Research Associate for the Department of Literature and Global Cultural Studies at Duke University and Project Coordinator / Digital Humanities Specialist for the Franklin Humanities Institute. She graduated from Duke University in 2017 with a PhD in Literature and a certificate in Information Science & Studies. In her classes, students critically use social media, write blogs, publish ‘academic journal’ websites, create digital humanities projects, and express themselves using various digital and analog platforms. Amanda believes that using publishing in and as pedagogy allows us to take our humanities work into the digital and public spheres and allows students to tell a range of humanities stories, develop tools for communicating in multiple media, and connect with local and global audiences.

Sandra Sotelo-Miller

Sandra Sotelo-Miller is a Lecturing Fellow in the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University, who came to Duke after receiving her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in 2016. Her specialization is in contemporary Mexican performance and theater studies. This is her second year teaching Writing 101 courses centered on the representation of memory, trauma, and history in Latin American Film. For one of the final projects in her class, students collaborated to create and publish digital books surrounding Latin American Film using SCALAR, a free, digital media platform hosted by the University of Southern California.

Erika Weinthal 

Erika Weinthal is the Lee Hill Snowdon Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, where she specializes in global environmental politics with an emphasis on water and energy. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. Erika is a member of the UNEP Expert Group on Conflict and Peacebuilding and an Editor at Global Environmental Politics. Students in her classes have produced visualizations and maps as part of translating and communicating their research for different groups. From 2013-2015 she co-led a Bass Connections in Energy project team that partnered with United Nations staff to produced public-facing films communicating the role of energy resources in post-conflict regions.

Continuing the Conversation

Many resources are available at Duke and beyond for building publishing tools and practices into classroom instruction, including the following organizations and opportunities.

Wikimedia Foundation
Duke Learning Innovation
Digital Scholarship Services
Wired! Tutorials


Duke University Libraries thank their co-sponsors for lending support and ideas for this event:

Duke University Libraries • Duke Learning Innovation (DLI)  •  Digital Scholarship Services (Duke University Libraries) • Office of Copyright & Scholarly Communication (Duke University Libraries) • Forum for Scholars and Publics • Office of Interdisciplinary Studies  •  John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute (Digital Humanities Initiative, PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge, and Humanities Publishing Initiative)  • Duke University Press  •  Wired! Lab for Digital Art, History, and Visual Culture