From the desk of Susan Dougherty, Manager of Faculty Services:
Ashley Cloud has created a beautiful and moving tribute to the places in the book. She’s produced a photographic essay and web journal from visiting all of the places mentioned in the book. Her photographs are stunning, and her journal of the adventures on the road is well worth your time. I’ve posted it on our Agnes Reads Facebook page, but I wanted to call your attention to it! I’ve pasted below her abstract and the link to her website. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
My name is Ashley Cloud, and my project is part photographic essay, journal entry, and website. For my project I travelled to the places with significance in Henrietta’s life including Lacks Town Cemetery, Clover, South Boston, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sparrows Point, Turner Station, and Crownsville State Hospital for the Negro Insane.
I had no idea while reading this book that I would ever have the chance to experience the life of Henrietta Lacks in such a personal way, so I hope my story helps inspire those who did not have the same opportunity. My process for starting my project started by researching, then ideas started forming, and the next thing I knew I was climbing through the woods and walking inside the Home House! My main goal for this project was to capture in pictures significant life events and places in Henrietta’s life. At the beginning, I had no idea how much I would learn from this journey and how it would open my eyes. In the end, my experience and emotions throughout the journey will be a memory I’ll never forget! I met incredible people along the way, and learned so much about the way life was for Henrietta and her family. I am so thankful to have been able to have this experience!
The first portion of the project is in the form of a website that plays a slideshow of the pictures from my journey. The website also contains my detailed journal entries sharing my experiences and people I met along the way. To supplement my journals, I included detailed maps, an About Me section, and Behind the Scenes pictures to complete the documentation of my journey with Henrietta. A slideshow of images with captions can be found under the Places heading on the website as well.
I hope you enjoy reading through my journals and looking at my pictures! It’s felt like such a long journey since I began planning this project, and I am so glad to finally be able to share My Journey with Henrietta with anyone who is interested!
Follow this link to the website: http://www.MyJourneywithHenrietta.info
Professor Nell Ruby’s response to the “The Blog is not about blogs” was so good I want to feature it here:
‘The blog IS a vehicle–a super exciting turbo charged vehicle, equipped with infinite imagery, hyperlinks and with super sensitive receptors to Your Imagination. And it’s free! I have noticed a broad variation of how effective the blog is depending on the driver. Since you mentioned summer school, I want to plug a blog that came out of my summer school class that is an incredible use of the media. Christine Baker, who is NOT an art major, and is going into her senior year (I think she may be a classics major, but it might also be philosophy) made an exciting effort in the way she encapsulated her learning in my Art 160 (visual thinking) blog from the summer session 1 course. Her writing is delightful, and her way of telling a stories that make her thinking visible (references and breadth and depth of connections) is entertaining and enlightening. I recommend it!:
http://baker160.wordpress.com/ If you want to see similar blogs from that course over time you can visit the 160 course blog:
I require my students to keep a blog. I find that it is helpful for me to “see their work” and I find that they more thoroughly get the concept when they explaining it in written and visual examples. I also find that they can use this blog as a repository for seeing their learning while they are in school, and as a venue for us to see patterns of what interests them in order to develop more senior work, and when they are graduating, the school blog is a terrific means for developing a website that becomes their online presence as they “launch” into after college life–weather its graduate work or a career.
for more on the process log in general: http://agnesscottart160.wordpress.com/about/
It is easy when you are promoting blogs to forget that what you are really promoting is the information, the ideas, the creativity of Agnes Scott College. The blog is merely a vehicle, a medium for expression. At Agnes Scott the course blogs and the individual blogs show what we do in a liberal arts environment. It is, for faculty and students who participate, a way to express engagement with “the intellectual and social challenges of their times”.*
And speaking of time, the summer session is coming to a close as summer passes by. The new school year is coming soon. . New experiences, new adventures in blogging, new experiences in teaching and learning are upon us. We hope to be showcasing new work soon. Come by and see what we are doing. We look forward to your visit.
The art department’s mission statement (in part):
The program in art and art history recognizes the inherent expressive value of art, its enrichment of the human experience, and the dependence of global culture on visual literacy.
Our curriculum challenges students to create, read, and analyze images through written and oral communication, critical thinking, and experiential learning.
Most of the full time faculty in the art department at Agnes Scott have blogs. Nell Ruby, associate professor of art, has students in her studio art classes blog in order to encourage reflection on the product and process of their art.
Ruby has found that reflective writing can cast a stronger light on the form and content of the students’ work, help the students become more aware of their approaches to art, and can empower them to find constructive avenues in their process.
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Thanks to Gundolf Graml, Assistant professor of German, this years Spring Annual Research Conference was “live blogged” by students (and by Jim Diedrick, Associate Dean of the College and Gundolf Graml posted as well). Student contributors include Jayne Roberts ’14, Precious Sidwell ’14, and Karmen Cook ’14. The students met under the supervision of Gundolf Graml and then attended the conference, took notes and “live blogged”. The results are nothing short of amazing. It is, if you will pardon the sports metaphor, a home run on the first attempt. In the past student work fell into a vacuum after the presentations were over but with the live blog students, faculty and parents will be able to revisit excellent student academic presentations. Thanks to Gundolf, the students and Jim Diedrick for their efforts in making this happen.