The department was awarded an engagement grant to implement a program that connects undergraduate students with middle school debate teams across the Twin Cities. This spring, a pilot program was introduced to roughly forty students from two COMM 1313W: Analysis of Argument sections.
Students at Gordon Parks High School with guidance from students of the U's Department of Communication Studies have been exploring the University's Givens Collection of African American Literature as part of a class about the school’s namesake, a legendary African-American photographer. “They know that Gordon Parks is some sort of famous guy, but they really don’t know why,” said Professor Catherine Squires. Their assignment: to see what they can learn using the archives.