2: Event

Includes both group submissions and individual ones:
DUE INDIVIDUALLY a page of analysis on “who did what work” with logbook 2 in hardcopy in class 13 March; electronic copy of each to TA dropbox
AS GROUP DUE IN CLASS 13 March: one flyer prototype, one written description of event, presentation of both in class, everyone in group needs to participate; hardcopy in class 13 March; electronic copy of each to TA dropbox

In this assignment you learn by doing it how our understandings of feminisms are elements in collective action, theorizing, raising consciousness. You will consider issues of conflict, different amounts of work and investments involved, scheduling work and actions, all the inevitable elements of group process and product. You will find helpful hooks, Ch2: “Consciousness-raising” and Reed, pp. 75-95 from Ch3: “The Poetical is the Political” and online: Sarachild's "CR: A Radical Weapon" from Duke's Online Archive "Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement": http://library.duke.edu/rubenstein/scriptorium/wlm/fem/sarachild.html

1) Getting the group on board, taking responsibility for participation. Everyone in your section makes up the group who will create a real or imaginary feminist event and a flyer to mobilize participation in which you explicitly include your group’s collective definition of feminism. Your TA will help you get started initially in section, but THE WORK FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT IS MOSTLY DONE OUTSIDE CLASS! You will need to learn everyone’s name (both first and last names and turn in a list of names individually at the end), get people’s contact information, find out when people can meet as one single group or possibly in several subgroups, and possibly some on email, phone, Skype or however. EVERYONE MUST PARTICIPATE somehow, and it is the responsibility of both the group and the individuals to make sure this happens. This may even include how to facilitate folks adding the class late, or people who are ill during this time, or any other reason for why people’s lives make collective work and action difficult. Does a single leader emerge? How does group work get organized and why? Who ends up doing what work? How does all this shape the event, flyer, and your ideas about feminism? All this PROCESS matters! How do people do this in a feminist way? How do you know?

2) Come up with a group definition of feminism and a group event that illustrates, shapes, or is shaped by this definition. Brainstorm the perfect feminist event you would love to create and participate in! It can be totally imaginary – something that could never happen realistically – or it can be something you as a group actually decide you could make happen here at UMD, and might even do! Some groups in the past have used this assignment to jumpstart actual events on campus, SGA, sorority, campus activisms, anything you are already part of and would like to bring in. And other groups have loved making up something that would cost too much, or include people not even alive now, or otherwise necessitate fictional creation. As the group considers what to do, it should also consider what the group – not just some individuals – think together is a definition of feminism. The definition and the event should reflect each other in ways that seem exciting to the group as a whole. What process did the group come up with to make the definition and the event really collective and not individual? How will you make sure you have really invested in this and not just done the easy thing and let others take over? You may want to brainstorm together or bring ideas as an individual to a group meeting. You may want to troll the web for ideas and examples and models. What sorts of events have you attended, created, or heard about? What understandings of feminism are illustrated by and shape these events? How can you tell?

3) Put together one group flyer for this event that includes a written out and explicit group definition of feminism in its design and purpose. A single page flyer or leaflet, or a single page brochure is what you need here. There are easy templates for both on the web, and your group product can be more prototype than absolutely final version, although nowadays these are pretty simple. It can be done electronically or in a crafty way. In either case you want to have an electronic version to hand in, although that can be a digital photo if you go crafty. You will want at least one version of a prototype to bring to class on the due date to show off and pass around for everyone to see. Find out who in the group already knows how to do this and have them teach everyone else. Or DIY looking on the web for help and advice. For example: http://www.feministcampus.org/know/training-units/publicity.asp Doing this will require thinking about who the event is for, how will you contact those people and get them on board, how does the definition of feminism play in role in all this, how large the event is, whether a flyer or leaflet or a brochure is better, what will catch people’s eye and so on. How will this fit into all the publicity plans for your event? Where will you distribute the flyer or brochure and how? If on campus, what are some good locations?

4) As a group you will turn in a single one-page description of your event in addition to flyer or brochure. Included also will be the group’s explanation of how the event shapes and shaped by your group’s definition of feminism. Explain why this event, what will happen and how, what sort of experience it will be, who would be involved, how the event will be advertized and how the flyer achieves this. How expensive would such an event be? What resources would it require? How will this get written up and by whom?

5) Everyone in all the groups will present on 13 March! BE SURE YOU ARE PRESENT IN CLASS! YOUR GROUP NEEDS YOU! YOU MUST PRESENT TO GET FULL CREDIT! Each person in the group will introduce themselves by first and last name. Everyone in the group must say something to the whole class. Each group should briefly: give the group’s definition of feminism, describe the event, describe how these connect, describe the flyer and publicity, describe group process, name some insights into CR or feminist process that came out of the project. Your group has only 7 minutes to do this quickly but thoroughly! Give some great details but have it planned out so we can get through all the groups in one class period! NO SLIDESHOWS OR POWERPOINTS! LOW TECH QUICK QUICK QUICK! 

6) Individually you will turn in a page of writing on who did what work and offer your own thoughtful analysis of it all. (This together with logbook 2 of course). After reading about CR in hooks, Reed, and online (you might look around for additional stuff too), consider how this project gives you some insight into the issues raised in these. Especially consider the issues of process. What does it take to create a feminist process as well as a feminist event as well as a feminist definition of feminism? Be sure to know everyone’s first and last names, list all these, and discuss in detail who did what work, how the group conducted meetings, who could meet when and why, what sorts of conflicts or just differences if any emerged and around what issues. What work did you do in particular and what role did you play in the group? Write this out carefully and thoughtfully. As appropriate include footnotes and bibliography when you paraphrase or quote someone else’s words.

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