HACKING American Culture

Humanities 370 students this summer dissected historical narratives to explore intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Utilizing scholars such as Deborah Root (Cannibal Culture), Linda Williams (“Film Bodies: Gender, Genre, and Excess”), Edward Said (Orientalism), Karin L. Stanford (“Keepin’ It Real in Hip Hop Politics: A Political Perspective of Tupac Shakur”), and Gwendolyn Pough (“Seeds and Legacies: Tapping the Potential in Hip Hop”), students created deformance critiques containing images, music, and analysis.

HACKS are digital learning activities that I developed in 2014 for History 110 students at San Diego State University as a Teaching Associate. The HACKS have been archived and are linked to upper division Humanities classes and are integrated into Layered Student Research. New HACKS from American Culture this summer are also part of the archive, making them accessible for new examinations this fall in Humanities 409.