As a growing field and program, the Digital and Public Humanities program has various teachers, students, and classroom projects that deserve recognition and exploration. The purpose of the DPH “spotlight” is to showcase the interesting work that UWGB students, staff, and faculty have produced in the digital and public humanities. Through these stories, these individuals and groups have the power to inspire and spread the possibilities for collaborative, project-based work that engages our communities–regional, national, and global.
DPH Class Spotlight: English 424 The Book Editing Practicum
English 424: The Book Editing Practicum is a UW-Green Bay course in which students learn practical, hands-on experience editing and producing book-length texts. The class is made up of ten students each tasked with different projects to get the Teaching Press up and going from the ground up.
The Teaching Press is a student-managed printing house at the UW-Green Bay. They provide hands-on learning opportunities for undergraduates to learn transferable skills in a variety of interdisciplinary fields, including writing, business, and graphic design. The mission of the Teaching press is “to showcase voices in the Northeast Wisconsin region and welcome authors of all fields and origins. Above all else, we value the partnership between our clients and the students working with the press.”
The big reveal of the Teaching Press!
On April 4th, 2019, the Teaching Press had its big launch! The students in the Book Editing Practicum agreed that the launch would serve as an opportunity to both introduce the Teaching Press and it’s first printed and published which is Tim Weyenger’s book “The Village and the Vagabond.” Each student in the course was in charge of specific aspects of preparing the Teaching Press for its launch, tasks such as building the website, finalizing the mission statement, creating business cards, creating a professional space for the business, and creating pricing and budgeting for their services. During the Teaching Press Launch, the public poured in the room to hear about the creation of the Teaching Press and the future of the organization. Each student, along with the project lead Dr. Meacham explained the tasks, complications, and success that they faced throughout the Teaching Press’s origin journey.
An Inside Look
We had the opportunity to join the festivities of the Teaching Press Launch on April 4th. We also took the chance to interview Dr. Rebecca Meacham and students to share with us their thoughts on the classroom project of the Teaching Press. Here is what they had to say!
Rachel Scray & Beth Siltala