University
of
Houston
























































A
Great
Course
For
Fall
2009



Visual Stories – the local and the global
World
Cultures
and
Literatures
4396
(under
Selected
Topics) Tues
at
5:30
pm

‐

with
Professor
Marie‐Theresa
Hernández

 This course is part of our new Urban Initiatives Program. The focus of the semester will be for students to choose an immigrant community in Houston – do a photographic essay and write stories that will accompany the pictures. This choice is totally open. Students must choose one family or group that has immigrated to Houston from México, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Colombia, Cuba, England, France, Italy, Germany, China. El Salvador… any number of countries. The first weeks we will read and discuss the importance of photographic images, the things visual images symbolize, and how the written word completes the story the photographer/writer is trying to tell. There will be some technical discussion on taking photographs. Later, once the students bring in their pictures, we will look at the photos in class to help decide which particular photos will make it to the final essay. Students will receive computer training for setting up a photographic essay with text inside a web site than anyone on the internet can view. We are thinking of having an exhibition of the photographs also, but this is still in the planning stage. This is a hybrid course, so that class will formally end at 7:00 pm. Along with taking the pictures, there will a number of writing, reading assignments and at least one field trip to a local museum or gallery. The photographic project will take the place of a final exam. This course will count towards a minor in World Cultures & Literatures. Your only pre-requisite is either WCL 2351 or Freshman English. Cross listing is currently being arranged with various departments. Students enrolling in the class will need any type of digital camera and a memory card reader. Students will have access to particular computers (with the appropriate software) at the Language Acquisition Center or the UH MD Anderson Library. Non-Art majors are encouraged, but Art Majors are welcome also. Please contact Dr. Hernández at mthdz@uh.edu if you would like further information.

University
of
Houston


WCL
4396


Fall
2009


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