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<h2 class="nci-h2-featured">Collat Media Internship Program - Fall 2012 Projects

Anna Julia Cooper Project Video Blog Producer
Ariel Guidry, project mentor: Sara Kugler

The Anna Julia Cooper Project offers students and faculty an opportunity to investigate historical events and current cultural phenomenon through intersections of race and gender.  The daughter of a white planter and an enslaved mother, Anna Julia Cooper devoted her life to the education and empowerment of black women.  Cooper believed the voices of black women served an invaluable tool in the movement for racial and gender equality.  Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and the AJC Project have created a privileged space for the voices of women of color.  In a video blog series, titled A Sister’s Pulse, the politics of women of color on campus take center stage.

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Beverly Blair Cook Papers Supplemental Webpage
Robin Taylor, project mentor: Nancy Maveety

This project involves creating a website using Adobe Dreamweaver in order to create an online archival resource featuring The Beverly Blair Cook Papers, using digitized images from the collection to present a more accessible way to explore this rich archive.  The website will eventually feature an more comprehensive Finding Aid, and an interactive map displaying Cook's courthouse post card collections.

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Locating Women’s Labor in New Orleans
Lauren Dean, project mentors: Jana Lipman and Vicki Mayer

This project is an opportunity  to make women’s histories and women’s labor visible and accessible to scholars, students, residents, and tourists via a mobile app tour through New Orleans Historical Mobile (, and will be debuted at the Southern Labor Studies Association conference in the spring. The tour will feature biographies of women laborers from all walks of life who helped to shape New Orleans throughout the years into what is is today. Currently, research is in progress and narratives are being drafted, and current labor occupations include entrepreneurs, sex workers, domestic laborers, streetcar conductresses, and  jazz musicians.

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The Newcomb Oral History Project
Candace Ross, project mentor: Susan Tucker

The Newcomb Oral History Project includes hundreds of interviews, lectures, and conversations of Newcomb alumnae, faculty members, notable New Orleanians, and more. The oral histories are in the process of being digitized, as most of the recordings are on cassette tapes. The website features just some of these oral histories. Listeners can hear the recording, follow along with a transcript or summary, and read biographies on the Newcomb Oral History Project Website ( These oral histories will forever preserve the rich history of Newcomb College.

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Open Doors: Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City
Olivia Mahler-Haug, project mentor: Allison Truitt

This project is to design a companion web-site for ethnography “Dreaming of Money in Ho Chi Minh City” by Alison Truitt that supplements classroom use by providing an open arena to encourage further analysis and allows access to recourse materials to help extend and enrich the use of the book in an academic setting.  With the objective of cultivating an online community, a web-site was created based on an initial Wordpress template, then tailored and customized to allow for an open forum to facilitate comments, questions, a media gallery and access to anthropological  resources such as field notes and grant proposals.

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Place-Based Storytelling in New Orleans: Digital Archive and Blog

KJ Schmidt, project mentors: Luisa Dantas and Joel Dinerstien

KJ assisted with a class called Place-Based Storytelling in New Orleans. The class works to produce 4 in class video projects that document New Orleans history and culture as well as Tulane video production in New Orleans, which help to create an archive for these subjects. The class is partnered with an organization called ReThink, which gives students in New Orleans' schools the tools and guidance to make changes and "rethink" different aspects of their schools. The class helps the kids make video projects of their own, and also documents ReThink meetings, creating an archive for the organization. The class also adds to the data base of MediaNOLA, about Youth Media Culture. Karen cares for all the equipment by keeping it charged, stored, and checking it in and out. She posts contributions to MediaNOLA, manages the Blogger and Youtube accounts, logs footage for ReThink, and participate in all of the in class video projects as well as assist the ReThink Kids with their projects.

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