This project challenges you to create an episode of a podcast that chronicles an event, a person, an incident, or a particular location in Clemson University's history. Specifically, your podcast episode must explore Clemson's histories with slavery, with racial and gender discrimination, or with issues today that are related to race, racism, or discrimination.
[image: Stone wall of Hardin Hall built with stones from building that used to house enslaved African Americans on Clemson's campus].
Clemson University's first board of trustees.
This project asks you to expand your rhetorical repertoire and compose in an electronic, multimedia environment quite different from what we’ve worked in so far this semester. You are challenged to make a statement of your group’s values to local and global communities. You are challenged, really, to tell a good story, a story that is worth telling.
[image: Clemson University's first Board of Trustees, all white men].
Our task as a class: Make a podcast. Brainstorm a podcast title, podcast format, podcast music, podcast introductions, podcast conclusions, podcast sounds, etc. Then, in small groups of 3-4 students, you'll each create an episode of that podcast.
Your task in your small groups (this project): Your group's 10-minute episode of our class' podcast will argue that current Clemson community members have neglected Clemson University’s history with some issue related to slavery, to racial discrimination, to racism, to sexism or gender discrimination, or to experiences of racism/sexism in general in the 19th , 20th, and/or 21st centuries. Tell a story. Be specific.
Your particular podcast episode must be "anchored" around one particular place, space, monument, or public marker on or around campus. For example, your group might make a podcast episode discussing the history of the cemetery on campus, or discussing the slave quarters that once stood on campus (where is that site now?), or Old Main/Tillman Hall's history, or the History of John C. Calhoun (a slave owner) anchored at Fort Hill, the first African-American/Female graduate of the University, the history of Clemson as a plantation, issues today with enrollment and Clemson's status as a PWI (predominantly-white institution), the See the Stripes movement, the Call My Name project on campus, or the history of
[image: Screenshot of Adobe Audition podcast editing software]
The progression of this project will follow this trajectory: (1) As a class, we'll discuss the hallmarks of the podcast genre, and decide on a title, music choice, theme, and overall content for the podcast we'll create together (each group will produce an episode of that podcast); (2) You, as a group of 2-4 students, will identify a person, event, story, narrative, moment, incident, or location that is important in Clemson's history relating to racism, discrimination, slavery, or sexism; (3) You will choose a geographical location on campus that encapsulates your group's topic; (4) In your groups, you'll record an episode of our collaborative podcast project (10 minutes of audio, including music, talking, interviews, introductions, and conclusions); (5) Your instructor will assemble each podcast episode into a series/sequence mapped onto the locative media smartphone platform Geotourist, forming a "tour" of Clemson's campus history that our class will have produced (you don't need to do anything with this part; you'll simply produce the 10 minute podcast episode in your groups; see the screenshot below).
Harvey B. Gantt historical marker (Clemson's first African-American student and graduate). [image: sign of Harvey B. Gantt historical marker]
[Image: Clemson University historic sign markers (current-1995).]
Project Goals/Evaluation/Rubric: Your group's grade will be evaluated based upon the following criteria in your podcast episode (10 minutes~): depth of analysis, displayed storytelling capacities, engagement with Clemson University's histories, and quality of production of your group's produced podcast episode.