When I became a Visiting Assistant Professor of Feminist & Gender Studies at Colorado College, I began thinking about ways to assign final projects that would allow me to assess the learning of 25 students without having to grade a ton of essays after having little to no time for writing instruction. More importantly, though, I wanted the projects to be collaborative, creative, and fun. In fact, I was reminded of this when a student who’d taken 3/4 courses with me during Spring 2012 commented on my course evaluation that they wished I would assign more creative final projects like I do during class sessions. So, I decided that the students would create feminist videos for FG110 Introduction to Feminist & Gender Studies and feminist magazines in the tradition of Ms., Bitch, Bust, Out, or Mother Jones, to name a few, for FG200 Feminist Theory.
The inaugural magazines from FG200 2012 were fantastic! And because of that strong foundation, I knew that subsequent projects would be even better! The students did not disappoint. After posting a picture of the Block 7 2013 magazines on Instagram and sharing it on Twitter and Facebook, I received a lot of questions about the projects! Family, friends, colleagues, and students wanted to read them! So, I created this site!
Even though I was bubbling with excitement about this site, it wasn’t my first time excitedly showcasing my students’ work on the internet. In 2012, I created FemGeniuses YouTube, which featured the final video projects my students created in FG110 and part of the media projects my students created in FG212 Critical Media Studies. I eventually decided to move those projects to this site for uniformity’s sake.
Further, as of 2013, portions of The Monthly Rag, a student publication I advise, are also showcased on this site. Additionally, blogs written by students in FG214 Hidden Spaces, Hidden Narratives: Intersectionality Studies in Berlin (a study abroad course I’ve been teaching each summer since 2014) are also posted here. You can find their podcasts on SoundCloud.
I do want to point out that while this site, like the YouTube channel, may feature work that is not created by CC students, it will focus primarily on showcasing the work of my students. Hence, I encourage you to view and discuss these projects, but ask that you do so with sincere consideration and respect. To view the projects, click one of the categories to the right on your computer or below on your mobile device.
Thanks in advance!
Heidi R. Lewis, Ph.D.
NOTE: The student-created projects on this site do NOT represent research findings and/or generalizable knowledge. Rather, these projects represent these students’ pursuit of knowledge.