Sunday, January 31, 2016

Capstone Practicum in Environmental Studies syllabus (spring 2016)

ENVA 450: Capstone Practicum in Environmental Studies
Lone Mountain 244B
Fridays, 11:45 am - 3:25 pm

Professor David Silver
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Mondays & Wednesdays, 12-1 & by appointment
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu

Capstone Practicum in Environmental Studies, affectionately known as “Capstone,” is intended to represent the culmination of your Environmental Studies degree. As such, you will engage in reflection about your course of study, consider your role in creating social and cultural change towards a sustainable human-environmental relationship, and work on real-life projects related to sustainability. Our work will center on four community sites and projects: 1) New Liberation Garden in the Western Addition; 2) Recyclemania run by USF’s Office of Sustainability; 3) The USF Seed Library housed in Gleeson Library; and 4) Artist Christina Conklin’s USF exhibit “Worlds in the Making: New Ecological Rituals.” Based on your interests and specializations, students will choose to work creatively, collaboratively, and intimately with a number of our community sites. Through hands-on projects, field trips, in class discussions, and personal reflections, students will test their ideas, learn to work as part of a team, and activate their post-college careers.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completing Capstone, you will:
o    Learn how to tap into your own knowledge of Environmental Studies and apply it towards real-life, collaborative projects;
o    Work with community partners to develop, design, and implement projects that work towards the broad goal of sustainable practices;
o    Learn to work – and thrive – in collaboration with others, especially your Capstone peers; and
o    Communicate how your understanding of and interest in a diverse range of perspectives and knowledge of environmental problems can be applied to specific career pathways or domains of environmental work.

Class Assignments
o    Weekly Reflection:  Each week you are required to engage in 5 hours of activity that relate to your class project/s and/or your interest in environmental studies. In other words, you can work 5 hours on the USF Seed Library or New Lib Garden. Or you can work 2 hours on Recyclemania and 3 hours on “Worlds in the Making.” You can also use some of your hours to attend a film screening, lecture series, or workshop related to your project or interest. On Friday, you are required to submit a two-page reflection of your work, due at the beginning of class. Be ready to share your reflection.
o    Class Project: Each student will choose to participate in one or more of the following projects: 1) New Liberation Garden; 2) Recyclemania; 3) The USF Seed Library; and 4) “Worlds in the Making: New Ecological Rituals.”
o    After a period of project briefs and observations, each student submits a proposal for the project(s) they wish to participate in.  The proposal is due in class on Friday, March 11. For the remainder of the semester each student works on the project, participates collaboratively, and at the end of the semester presents a final presentation of the project.
o    CARD Presentation/Participation:  In addition to class projects, each student is responsible for submitting a proposal to USF’s Creative Arts and Research Day taking place on Friday, April 22.  Proposal due date March 4.  All students are required to attend CARD.

50% - Weekly Reflections (due Friday in class)
30% - Participation/contributions to Class Projects
10% - Class participation
10% - Participation in Creative Activity and Research Day


Week One: Friday, January 29
Introductions, distribute syllabi, and discussion of four community sites and projects. Discuss how the course works. Prepare for next week’s overnight field trip to Regenerative Design Institute.

Week Two: Friday, February 5
Project Brief # 1 (with Cornerstone): RecycleMania with Richard Hsu, USF's Sustainability Coordinator. In preparation for our visit with Richard Hsu, please read and be ready to discuss case studies from 2015 and 2014 RecycleMania.

OVERNIGHT field trip (with Cornerstone) to Regenerative Design Institute, in Bolinas. We will return to USF on Saturday, February 6, by 6 pm.

Week Three: Friday, February 12
Project Brief # 2 (with Cornerstone): USF art exhibit “Worlds in the Making: New Ecological Rituals” with artist Christina Conklin. In preparation for our meeting with Christina Conklin, please read “Rooftop Sculpture Terrace” press release and selections from Conklin's master's thesis Immanence: Reconsidering the Spiritual in Art. Beginning at 1 pm, we will attend the opening talk and tour of "Worlds in the Making," an exhibition of four site-specific, participatory installations at USF’s Rooftop Sculpture Terrace, followed by a (catered!) reception for the artist.

Week Four: Friday, February 19
Project Brief #3 (with Cornerstone): New Liberation Garden Tour and Work Day. Located at the corner of Divisadero and Eddy, New Lib Garden is a former SLUG (San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners) garden that is currently being co-managed by USF and New Liberation Church. We will spend the day touring the garden, listening and learning from its participants, and getting our hands dirty working in it.

Week Five: Friday, February 26
In-class service learning orientation with Star Moore, Director of Community-Engaged Learning, Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, from 11:45-12:45. In preparation for Star Moore’s visit, please read Christine M. Cress, "What is Service-Learning?" in Christine M. Cress, Peter J. Collier, and Vicki L. Reitenauer's Learning through Serving: A Student Guidebook for Service-Learning Across the Disciplines (Stylus Publishing, 2005): pp. 7-16; and Rachel Naomi Remen, "In the Service of Life," Noetic Sciences Review (spring 1996): 2 pages.

Project Brief #4 (with Cornerstone): USF Seed Library with Debbie Benrubi (Gleeson), Carol Spector (Gleeson), and David Silver. Readings to be determined.


Week Six: Friday, March 4
Workshop (with Cornerstone) with YES MEN.

Week Seven: Friday, March 11
Project proposals due in class. Discussion of class projects and proposals. Small group work on projects.

Week Eight: Friday, March 18

Week Nine: Friday, March 25
Easter: No class


Week Ten: Friday, April 1
Project check-in. Social media and LinkedIn workshop.

Week Eleven: Friday, April 8
Field trip to and work day at Alemany Farm (with Cornerstone). Farm tour led by Antonio Roman-Alcalá, a longtime urban agriculture teacher, organizer, scholar, and writer.

Week Twelve: Friday, April 15
Project check-in. Small group work on projects.


Week Thirteen: Friday, April 22
This day will be spent attending and participating in the College of Arts and Sciences 6th annual Creative Activity and Research Day (CARD) in Fromm Hall. CARD is a celebration of the research and creative activity accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students in the College and students have the option of creating a poster or giving a talk at the event. Please note: participating students are required to stand by their poster from 11am to 1pm which slightly conflicts with our class times; we’ll figure it out as it approaches.

Week Fourteen: Friday, April 29
Work day at New Lib Garden (with Cornerstone)

Week Fifteen: Friday, May 6
Final Presentations

This is no final exam for this class.

On Friday, May 13, there will be an Urban Ag end-of-the-year / graduation party in the USF Garden. Please join us.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

introduction to media studies syllabus (spring 2016)

MS 100: Introduction to Media Studies
Section 1: MWF 9:15-10:20 am
Section 2: MWF 10:30-11:35 am
Lone Mountain 244B

Professor David Silver
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Mondays & Wednesdays, 12-1 & by appointment
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu

This course introduces students to the field of media studies. Beginning with the printing press and ending with social media, students will examine various media developments and eras and begin to appreciate the complex interactions between media and larger cultural, economic, political, and social conditions. Along the way, students will be introduced to USF media studies professors and various media-making opportunities on campus.

Upon completion of this course, students will:
o   Be able to “read” various media texts critically and creatively;
o   Be able to explain the key developments and social actors of media history;
o   Be able to explain how these developments were and continue to be embedded within cultural, economic, political, and social conditions.

Course Costs
o   All readings will be provided to you as PDFs or are available online for free.
o   Documentaries like Stop the Presses and Women in Comedy are available for free on Films on Demand via Gleeson Library’s web site.
o   For class on February 5, you are required to purchase one print version of the San Francisco Chronicle. It will cost between $1 and $1.50.
o   Finally, you are required, by April 6, to watch a film at a “movie palace” like San Francisco’s Castro Theater or Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater. General admission is $11. (Castro matinees are $8.50; Grand Lake’s cost $6.)

Midterms (10% x 3)                                    30%
Exhibits (15% x 2)                                       30%
Final Project                                                   10%
Homework                                                      20%
Demo Days and in class assignments     10%

Attendance Policy
Missing class, or attending class unprepared, will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what we discussed in class and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do the same with a second classmate. After doing this, if you still have questions about missed material, visit me during office hours or email me.

Mon, 1/25: Introduction, distribute syllabi
Wed, 1/27: Read Ken Auletta, “Outside the Box: Netflixand the Future of Television,” The New Yorker, February 3, 2014.
Fri, 1/29: Read Maura Judkis, “The Renwick is suddenly Instagram famous. But what about the art?” Washington Post, January 7, 2016; and Shan Wang, “A 91-year-old literary magazine is hosting a yearlong experiment instorytelling on Instagram,” NiemanLab, January 8, 2016.

Unit One: Words

Mon, 2/1: Read Michael Schudson, “The Revolution of the Penny Press,” in Discovering the News: A Social History of American Newspapers (1978): pp. 14-31, 196-7.
Wed, 2/3: Watch Stop the Presses (2008; 48 mins). Video available on Films on Demand via Gleeson Library.
Fri, 2/5: Read, front to back, a 2/3 or 2/4 print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. Observe everything. Bring entire paper to class and be prepared to discuss. Demo Day: Newspapers.

Mon, 2/8: Read Nancy A. Walker, “Introduction: Women’s Magazines and Women’s Roles,” in Women’s Magazines 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press (1998), pp: 1-11.
Wed, 2/10: Read Ellen Gruber Garvey, “Reframing the Bicycle: Magazines and Scorching Women,” in The Adman in the Parlor: Magazines and the Gendering of Consumer Culture, 1880s to 1910s (1996), pp: 106-134.
(* Extra credit opportunity: On Thursday, February 11, from 11:40 am - 12:40 pm, in the Getty Lounge, David Silver will give a talk titled “The Farm at Black Mountain College.” To collect extra credit, attend the talk, write a one-page reflection about the talk, and turn it in to class on Friday, February 12.)
Fri, 2/12: Magazine workshop with Gleeson librarian Debbie Benrubi. Midterm 1 review sheet distributed in class.

Mon, 2/15: No Class: Presidents’ Day Holiday
Wed, 2/17: Guest lecture: Lucas Waldron, USF graduate and current student at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Readings to be determined.
Fri, 2/19: MIDTERM 1

Unit Two: Sounds

Mon, 2/22: Robert Campbell, “Radio,” in The Golden Years of Broadcasting: A Celebration of the First 50 Years of Radio and TV on NBC (Rutledge Books, 1976): pp. 17-47.
Wed, 2/24: Reading selections from Michele Hilmes, Radio Voices: American Broadcasting, 1922-1952 (1997); and Susan Smulyan, Selling Radio: The Commercialization of American Broadcasting, 1920-1934 (1994).
Fri, 2/26: Demo Day: Radio

Mon, 2/29: Reading selections from Michael C. Keith, Voices in the Purple Haze: Underground Radio and the Sixties (1997); and Jesse Walker, Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America (2001).
Wed, 3/2: Hua Hsu, “How Video Games Changed Popular Music,” The New Yorker, June 30, 2015
(* Extra credit opportunity: On Wednesday, March 2, there will be a film screening of “The Yes Men are Revolting” (Time and place to be determined). To collect extra credit, attend the film screening, write a one-page reflection about it, and turn it in to class on Friday, March 4.)
Fri, 3/4: Carolyn Kormann, “The Man Who Listens to Animals,” The New Yorker, September 3, 2015.

Mon, 3/7: Midterm 2 review sheet distributed in class.
(* Extra credit opportunity: On Tuesday, March 8, 2016, from 12:45-2:30 pm in McLaren Complex, speakers Claudia Magallanes Blanco (Coordinator, M.A. in Communication and Social Change, Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla), Elisabeth Jay Friedman (Professor, Politics @ USF), and Dorothy Kidd (Professor, Media Studies @ USF) will speak on “Women's Movement Mobilizations in and through Media” as part of the 15th annual USF Global Women’s Rights Program. To collect extra credit, attend the panel, write a one-page reflection about it, and turn it in to class on Wednesday, March 9.)
Wed, 3/9: Guest lecture: Miranda Morris, KUSF General Manager. In preparation for Miranda’s visit, take some time to list to Also, read Jennifer Waits, “College Radio’s Fight for FM,” Radio Survivor, October 18, 2011, and watch Kim Kinkaid’s “How to become a KUSF DJ” (2:06 minutes), USFtv, May 6, 2014, and Cristina Pachano-Lauderdale’s “KUSF Rock-n-Swap” (3:59 minutes), USFtv, September 30, 2013.
Fri, 3/11: MIDTERM 2

Spring Break

Mon, 3/21: Popular music exhibit workshop
Fri, 3/25: No class: Easter Holiday
Unit Three: Images

Mon, 3/28: Read Steven Lubar, “Pictures,” in InfoCulture: The Smithsonian Book of Information Age Inventions (1993), pp. 51-64.
Wed, 3/30: Andrew Chan, “‘La grande bouffe’: Cooking Shows as Pornography,” Gastronomica (Fall 2003): pp. 47-53.
(* Extra credit opportunity: The 14h Annual USF Human Rights Film Festival runs from Thursday, March 31 to Saturday, April 2 at Presentation Theater. To collect extra credit, attend a film screening (or two), write a one-page reflection about the film, and turn it in to class on Monday, April 4.)
Fri, 4/1: Demo Day: Photography

Mon, 4/4: Guest lecture (for morning section only): Danny Plotnick, director of Film Studies minor. Read Laurel Hennen Vigil, "Why the Curtain Fell: During the GoldenAge of cinema, Oakland and Berkeley boasted dozens of grand, historic moviepalaces," East Bay Express, December 16, 2015.
Wed, 4/6: Read Jonah Weiner, "The Man Who Makes the World's Funniest People Even Funnier," New York Times, April 15, 2015. By April 6, you are required to have to watched a film at a “movie palace” like San Francisco’s Castro Theater or Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater.
Fri, 4/8: Guest lecture: Melinda Stone, associate professor, Media Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Agriculture. Readings to be determined.

Mon, 4/11: Watch Women in Comedy (PBS, 2014: 54 mins). Video available on Films on Demand via Gleeson Library. Midterm 3 review sheet distributed in class.
Wed, 4/13: Read Andrew Marantz, “Ready for Prime Time: After twenty-five years as a road comic, Leslie Jones becomes a star,” The New Yorker, January 4, 2016, pp. 22-29.
Fri, 4/15: MIDTERM 3

Mon, 4/18: Popular film reading to be determined.
Wed, 4/20: Guest lecture: Dorothy Kidd, professor and chair, Media Studies. Read Dorothy Kidd, “Occupy and Social Movement Communication,” in Chris Atton, ed, Routledge Companion to Alternative and Community Media (2015), pp: 457-468.
Unit Four: Social Media

Mon, 4/25: No class. Watch The Social Network (2010).
Wed, 4/27: Read Zadie Smith, “Generation Why?” New York Review of Books, November 25, 2010.
Fri, 4/29: Read Dave Eggers, “We like you so much and want to know you better,” excerpt from the novel The Circle (2013).

Mon, 5/2: Media Fast 1
Wed, 5/4: Read and watch Melody Hahm, “Can this 24-year-old survive 24 hours without the Internet?” Yahoo Finance, January 13, 2016. Read Rebecca Solnit, “Diary: Google Invades,” London Review of Books, February 7, 2013.
Fri, 5/6: Media Fast 2

Mon, 5/9: Guest lecture: Sam Wilder, USF graduate and Community Development and Gardening Associate with Bon Appetit Management Company, AT&T Park Farm. Readings to be determined.
Wed, 5/11: Read Tad Friend, “Hollywood and Vine,” The New Yorker, December 15, 2014.
Fri, 5/13: FINAL PROJECT due in class

There is no final in this class.

Course Rules
1.     No late work accepted.
2.     No drinking out of non-reusable containers during class.
3.     I am nearly certain that at some point in the semester I will establish a rule about phone use in class – barring it, limiting it, mocking it. Using your devices in non-creative ways during class is distracting. It’s also obnoxious. Set it down. Set it away.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

golden gate park syllabus (fall 2015)

MS 195: Golden Gate Park (First-Year Seminar)
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:55–11:40 am, Education 307

Professor David Silver
Office / hours: Kalmanovitz 141, Tuesdays & Thursdays 2–3 pm & by appointment
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu

Golden Gate Park is a First-Year Seminar that explores the history, built environment, mixed uses, and popular narratives of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. As part of an accelerated writing seminar, students will research, write, and edit their ways through the park – writing in journals, using photography, and contributing on Wikipedia. Through readings, class discussions, park walks, and field trips, students will develop a broad and keen appreciation of Golden Gate Park.

Learning Outcomes
In this class, student will
1.    Learn how to read, analyze, and summarize multiple texts of varying lengths and complexities;
2.    Learn, practice, and become confident with the process of inquiry: identifying a topic, posing good questions, researching, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing, and creating new knowledge;
3.    Learn how to search for, locate, evaluate, and use information;
4.    Learn how to put one’s scholarship in conversation and collaboration with other people; and
5.    Learn and appreciate how some sand dunes called the Outside Lands became Golden Gate Park.

Course Texts and Costs
1.    There are no required books to purchase for this class. All readings are either free and online or sent to you as PDFs. You are, however, required to print out all readings and bring printout to class.
2.    You also must purchase/make/barter for a journal and bring it to class on Tuesday, September 1. Be sure to spend some time to find the right journal.
3.    You are also required to purchase a map of Golden Gate Park. Maps range from $4-5 and can be bought at various gift stores located across the park.
4.    All admission fees and field trip costs are covered by USF’s First Year Seminar Program.

Week 1:
Tuesday, 8/25: Introductions and expectations.

Thursday, 8/27: Read Chris Walker, “The public value of urban parks,” The Urban Institute (2004); and Project for Public Spaces, “Signature places: Great parks we can learn from” (March 14, 2014).

Unit 1: Approaches to Golden Gate Park

Week 2:
Tuesday, 9/1: Journal assignment due in class. Read “Golden Gate Park” entry on Wikipedia at least 2-3 times. Read and be ready to discuss both its content (the information it contains) and structure (its outline, components, links, sources, and style).

Thursday, 9/3: Read Raymond H. Clary, “The Beginning of Golden Gate Park” and “The Visionary Plan of William Hammond Hall,” from Making of Golden Gate Park: The Early Years: 1865-1906 (1980), pp. 11-27. Park walk.

Week 3:
Tuesday, 9/8: Journals due in class. Read/complete Wiki Education Foundation, “Online Training for Students.” This includes creating a Wikipedia account and a user page.

Thursday, 9/10: Read Ray Oldenburg, “The Character of Third Places,” from The Great Good Place: Cafes, coffee shops, community centers, beauty parlors, general stores, bars, hangouts, and how they get you through the day (1989), pp. 20-42. Park walk.

Week 4:
Tuesday, 9/15: Journals due in class. Read “Editing Wikipedia” and “Using Talk Pages.”

Thursday, 9/17: Read Dolores Hayden, “Contested Terrain,” from The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History (1995), pp. 2-13.

Unit 2: A museum, a memorial, and a tea garden

Week 5:
Tuesday, 9/22: No class. Time pooled for later-in-the-semester evening field trip to Off the Grid.

Thursday, 9/24: Read “California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894” entry on Wikipedia; and James R. Smith, “California Midwinter International Exposition – 1894,” in San Francisco’s Lost Landmarks (2005), pp. 111-126. Field trip to the Music Concourse.

Week 6:
Tuesday, 9/29: Journals due in class. Read “Citing sources on Wikipedia” and “Avoiding plagiarism on Wikipedia.”

Thursday, 10/1: Park walk and workshop with Barbara Fister, librarian at Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library at Gustavus Adolphus College.

Week 7:
Tuesday, 10/6: Journals due in class. Read “Illustrating Wikipedia.” Field trip to de Young Museum and de Young Café.

Thursday, 10/8: Read “AIDS Memorial Grove” entry on Wikipedia; and watch Andy Abrahams Wilson and Tom Shepard, The Grove: AIDS and the Politics of Remembrance (DVD), 2011.

Week 8:
Tuesday, 10/13 Journals due in class. Read “Evaluating Wikipedia” and “Moving out of your Sandbox.”

Thursday, 10/15: Read class-sourced readings on AIDS and AIDS in San Francisco. Field trip to National AIDS Memorial Grove.

Week 9:
Tuesday, 10/20: No class: Fall Break.

Thursday, 10/22: Read class-sourced readings about Japanese Zen gardens and San Francisco’s Japanese Tea Garden.

Week 10:
Tuesday, 10/27: Journals due in class. Read “Japanese Tea Garden (San Francisco, California)” entry on Wikipedia.

Thursday, 10/29: Field trip to Japanese Tea Garden and Tea House.

Unit 3: Writing Golden Gate Park (with objects other than words)

Week 11:
Tuesday, 11/3: Journals due in class. Read “Human Be-In,” “Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival,” and “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” entries on Wikipedia. Read Project for Public Spaces, “10 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Public Spaces.”

Thursday, 11/5: Prior to class, listen/read/walk with Marina McDougall, Alison Sant, Richard Johnson, and Kirstin Bach, “An Unnatural History of Golden Gate Park,” a 7-part guided podcast (Studio for Urban Projects, 2008):

Week 12:
Tuesday, 11/10: Journals due in class. Prior to class, add 1-2 sentences of new information, backed up with an appropriate citation, to a Golden Gate Park-related article on Wikipedia.

Thursday, 11/12: Read William H. Whyte, “Food,” from The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces (pp. 50-53). Evening field trip to Off the Grid.

Unit 4: Writing on Wikipedia
The last unit involves editing and adding to existing Wikipedia pages related to Golden Gate Park and/or creating new ones. Time management warning: You will be spending significant out-of-class time researching, reading, writing, and editing. Class-time will be spent on group work, reviewing and improving your classmates’ Wikipedia contributions, and visits from Wiki Education Foundation staff.

Week 13:
Tuesday, 11/17: Journals due in class. Begin work on individual and group Wikipedia projects.

Thursday, 11/19: Continue work on Wikipedia projects.

Week 14:
Tuesday, 11/24: Journals due in class. Wikipedia projects, con’t. Field trip to the Downtown SF Public Library.

Thursday, 11/26: No class: Thanksgiving.

Week 15:
Tuesday, 12/1: Journals due in class. Wikipedia projects, con’t.

Thursday, 12/3: Complete individual and group Wikipedia projects.

Week 16:
Tuesday, 12/8: Reflective essay due in class. Field trip to Haight Ashbury, Escape From New York Pizza, and the Children’s Playground.

Projects and Grading
Participation – 20%. Participation includes regular, on-time class attendance; useful and frequent contributions to classroom discussions; and quizzes, homework, and in-class assignments.

Student Journals – 30%. Journals are due in class each Tuesday and I will return them on Thursdays. Journal entries will range from informal reflections to research findings to polished essays, with sketches, doodles, and collages in between.

Wikipedia Project – 30%. Working individually and in groups, students will contribute to existing Wikipedia pages related to Golden Gate Park. In some cases this will include adding a single sentence and source, in other cases it will include adding a new paragraph, section, and, if necessary, page.

Field Trip Tour Guide – 10%. We will take multiple field trips into Golden Gate Park. During each field trip, a small group of students will work together to research our pathways and destination and share their findings creatively.

Reflective Essay – 10%. Finally, students will reflect upon and write a short essay about their experiences with Golden Gate Park, Wikipedia, and their first semester at USF.

Attendance Policy
Attendance is crucial. Missing class (or attending class unprepared) will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what you missed and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do it again with a different classmate. After doing this, if you still have questions about missed material, visit me during office hours or schedule an appointment via email.

Academic Integrity
Plagiarism is using another person’s words works, and/or ideas without giving appropriate credit.  Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honor and personal integrity and can result in failing an assignment, being removed from this course, or even being asked to leave USF. Plus, it’s just lazy.

1. No late work accepted.
2. In class and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Summer undergraduate RAships with the USF community garden

The Urban Ag minor at USF is looking to hire three undergraduate research assistants to manage the USF Community Garden this summer. The RAships run from May 22, 2015 - August 21, 2015.

RA duties include:

1. Plan and plant summer garden beds;
2. Maintain garden - weeding, watering, oversee irrigation, manage compost;
3. Plan, manage, and implement weekly community work days - publicize work days, organize group tasks, and hold open garden hours;
4. Work on monthly community dinners at St. Cyprian's;
5. Work with and teach garden skills to Upward Bound students;
6. Harvest and deliver weekly fresh produce to USF’s cafeteria/Bon Appetit;

7. Work with and on San Francisco’s New Liberation Garden (on Divisidero and Eddy);
8. Maintain @USFGarden's multiple social media platforms;
9. Start starts for fall classes; and
10. Keep the garden kitchen clean.

Ideal candidates have experience in the USF Garden (either through classes and/or workdays), work well in collaborative situations, are self-directed, and enjoy working with the public. Each summer research assistant will work a total of 100 hours over the summer and be paid around $10.50/hour. Undergraduate RAs will report to Novella Carpenter.

Interested USF students must email David Silver (dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu) no later than Wednesday, April 15th by 5 pm. Graduating seniors can apply. In your email, please describe your qualifications, state your availability for summer, and tell us why you want the job. The Summer RA committee (consisting of Novella Carpenter, David Silver, and Melinda Stone) will notify all candidates by the end of April. Good luck!

Sunday, March 01, 2015

demo day two - cooking something new

demo day two assignment for making food, making media

1. go to a farmer's market, select a vegetable or fruit you have never cooked with before, purchase it, and bring it home.

2. cook a delicious dish or meal using your vegetable or fruit. you can cook it alone, in a pair, or in small group.

3. eat and enjoy the meal.

4. create a recipe of your dish. the recipe can take any form you want. be creative.

5. within your recipe, be sure to include something about where your food comes from.

6. when finished but certainly before class on thursday, march 5, tweet your recipe.

important point: on thursday, march 5, bring your recipe or bring a device that can represent your recipe to class. for example, if your recipe is written on paper or painted on canvas, bring it to class. if it's a video on youtube, bring a laptop to class. if it's a series of photos on instagram, bring your phone. in other words, bring what you need to be able to demo your recipe to the rest of class.

rules and suggestions:

a. follow all directions.

b. if you have no work to demo for thursday's demo day, do not come to class.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

demo day one: food media person project

food media person project for making food, making media

1. select someone - anyone - who makes food media and prepare/curate a 3 minute presentation about that person.

2. your presentation must feature some kind of media made by that person.

3. in your presentation, be sure to discuss your food media person in terms of a) their cooking style, b) their "thing", c) their funding/money model, and d) their audience.

4. make sure your presentation is no more than 3 minutes.

5. your presentation may not be in powerpoint.

6. sometime between now and class on thursday, february 12, tweet about your food media person. be sure to include a link or links to the media you will use in your presentation. also be sure to include the #USFcrEATe hashtag in your tweet.

7. on thursday, february 12, be ready to present your work in class. also be ready to listen to, learn from, and assess your peers' work.

8. if you do not have work to demo, do not come to class.

Monday, January 26, 2015

twitter assignment

twitter assignment for golden gate park first-year seminar and making food, making media class:

1. if you have not yet joined twitter, join twitter.

2. create a profile. you are not required to use your real name in your profile but you certainly can.

3. make your profile public. if you already have a twitter account that is private and wish to keep it that way, create a new account for this class.

4. find and follow all members (students and professor) of our class.

5. if you're in golden gate park class, also follow @GoldenGatePark, @GleesonLibrary, @itweetUSF, and @usfca. if you're in making food, making media, also follow @USFSeedLibrary, @GleesonLibrary, @itweetUSF, and @usfca.

6. get into the habit of checking twitter at least once a day.

making food, making media (spring 2015)

ENVA 390: Making Food, Making Media
Education 307, Tues & Thurs 4:35 – 6:20 pm

Professor David Silver
Office/hours: Kalmanavitz 141, Tues & Thurs 2 – 3:00 pm and by appointment
Contact: dmsilver [ at ] usfca [ dot ] edu

Making Food, Making Media is an Environmental Studies special topics storytelling-production class focused on food and media. Through readings, viewings, and discussions, we will explore different meanings of food, the history and current landscape of televised cooking shows, and recent developments in just food systems. Through hands-on workshops, we will learn basic cooking and baking skills in St Cyprian’s kitchen and tend an organic veggie plot in the USF Garden. And throughout the semester, through crafts, media, and social media, we will create and share stories about sustainable agriculture, just food, and seasonal cooking.

Required Text
Novella Carpenter, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (Penguin Books, 2010).

All other readings will be made available for free – online, outside my office, or via Gleeson Library. Until notified otherwise, students are required to print out online readings and bring to class for discussion.

Course Schedule
Tuesday, 1/27: Introductions

Thursday, 1/29: “What I eat and drink in a day” homework assignment – presented and discussed in class.

Tuesday, 2/3: Read: Sandra Cate, “‘Breaking Bread with a Spread’ in a San Francisco County Jail,” Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies (Summer 2008), pp. 17-24.

Thursday, 2/5: Gardening workshop. Class meets in the USF Garden to plant our garden plot.

Tuesday, 2/10: Read: Kathleen Collins, “Julia Child and Revolution in the Kitchen,” from Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows (Continuum, 2009): 71-100.

Thursday, 2/12: Demo Day 1

Tuesday, 2/17: Read: Michael Pollan, “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch,” New York Times Magazine (August 2, 2009); and Andrew Chan, “‘La grande bouffe’: Cooking Shows as Pornography,” Gastronomica (Fall 2003): pp. 47-53.

Thursday, 2/19: Cooking workshop I. Class meets in the kitchen at St Cyprian’s Church (at the corner of Turk & Lyon).

Tuesday, 2/24: Jane Kramer, “Good Greens: Vegetarian cookbooks for carnivores,” The New Yorker (April 14, 2014): pp. 79-83; and Christine Byrne, “27 Diagrams That Make Cooking So Much Easier,” BuzzFeed (January 17, 2015).

Thursday, 2/26: Recipe workshop.

Tuesday, 3/3: Read: Emily Matchar, “Cupcake Feminists, Hipster Jam Canners, and ‘Femivores’: The Rise of the DIY Food Culture,” from Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity (Simon & Schuster, 2013): pp. 95-119.

Thursday, 3/5: Demo Day 2

Tuesday: 3/10: Read: Novella Carpenter, “Turkey,” from Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer (Penguin Books, 2010): pp. 1-98.

Thursday, 3/12: Baking workshop. Guest baker: Samantha Blackburn, head baker at Angelina's Café, San Francisco. Class meets at St Cyprian’s kitchen.

SPRING BREAK (March 16-20)

Tuesday, 3/24: Read: Novella Carpenter, “Rabbit,” from Farm City, pp. 99-184

Thursday, 3/26: Seed Library workshop. Guests: Debbie Benrubi and Carol Spector, Gleeson Library. Class meets at the USF Seed Library inside Gleeson.

Tuesday, 3/31: Read: Novella Carpenter, “Pig,” from Farm City, pp. 185-269.

Thursday, 4/2: No class. Easter break.

Tuesday, 4/7: Read: Rebecca Solnit, “RevolutionaryPlots: Urban agriculture is producing a lot more than food,” Orion Magazine (July/August 2012); and watch: Ron Finley, “A guerilla gardener in South Central LA,” TED Talk (February 2013).

Thursday, 4/9: Homesteading workshop. Guest: Melinda Stone, Media Studies, Environmental Studies, Film, and Urban Ag, USF.

Tuesday, 4/14: Read: Selections from Sally K. Fairfax, Louise Nelson Dyble, Greig Tor Guthey, Lauren Gwin, Monica Moore, and Jennifer Sokolove, California Cuisine and Just Food (MIT Press, 2012).

Thursday, 4/16: Cooking workshop II. Class meets at St Cyprian’s kitchen.

Tuesday, 4/21: Read: Burkhard Bilger, “Nature’s Spoils: The underground food movement ferments revolution,” The New Yorker (November 22, 2010): pp. 104-115; and Adrien Schless-Meier, “This urban farmer is growing jobs in her community: Doria Robinson is transforming an empty lot in North Richmond, California,” Civil Eats (January 19, 2015).

Thursday, 4/23: Demo Day 4

Tuesday, 4/28: Watch: Agnès Varda, The Gleaners and I (2000): 82 mins; and read: Dianne Jacob, “The Fine Art of Feeding the Hungry,” Gastronomica (Fall 2003): pp. 14-20.

Thursday, 4/30: Professional workshop: Getting serious about your work. Guest: Vivian Truong, founder, Fiber Florist.

Tuesday, 5/5: Read: Fallen Fruit, “Take Back the Fruit: Public Space and Community Activism,” from Food, edited by John Knechtel, pp. 94-103; and Kim Severson, “Neighbor, Can You Spare A Plum?New York Times, June 10, 2009.

Thursday, 5/7: aeiou workshop

Tuesday, 5/12: Field trip to be determined.

Thursday, 5/14: Demo Day 5

Please note: Although our class time runs from 4:35 – 6:20 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, you are highly encouraged to attend the free community dinners on the first Thursday of each month (February 2; March 5; and April 2) at 6 pm.

There is no final exam in this class.

15%  Homework, in-class assignments, and quizzes
10%  Class participation
15%  Demo Day 1
15%  Demo Day 2
15%  Demo Day 3
15%  Demo Day 4
15%  Demo Day 5

Attendance Policy
Missing class, or attending class unprepared, will significantly affect your final grade. If you do miss class, contact a classmate to find out what we discussed in class and ask to borrow her or his notes. Then, do the same with a second classmate. After doing this, if you still have questions about missed material, visit me during office hours or email me.

1. No late work accepted.
2. In class, during workshops, and on field trips, no drinking out of non-reusable containers.