final portfolio guidelines

Your finished portfolios, which contain your selection of your best work from the year as well as your definitions and your research paper, are due up on your Humes subdomain on Saturday May 4 at midnight. Faculty will begin assessing your work at this point.

While you must present some specific creative and scholarly work your portfolios, you have lots of leeway both to design the format of your portfolios and to include more creative and scholarly work than the minimum required in the guidelines below.

Portfolios must include these elements (in any order or no order, based on your design choices):

  • Your working definition of revolution. This must include references to several (more than two, fewer than ten) examples in Lapham as well as to our texts and artifacts and lectures from throughout the year (more than two, fewer than ten), including at least a mention, but more if you’d like, of your revolutionary artifact from your research paper; use the examples from the course only, which include in addition to the readings and artifacts and lectures (and guest lectures), also materials and artifacts and texts and lectures from the study trips. Include at least one (as many as you’d like, but at least one) image of a page or section of a page from your red notebook, annotated in some way.
  • Your working definitions of the humanities (the stuff we study) and the Humanities (the discipline we inhabit in this course). Same guidelines as for your revolution definition, though no Lapham sources required.
  • A polished revision of one of your projects (units 1-6) from the course. Include a note explaining your revision process and a few key aspects of the piece that you changed to make it better than the first version.
  • One very beautiful annotated scholarly source from one of your annotated bibliographies. Choose your favorite source; one you really love.
  • Your research paper. Frame this in some way so that it is clear to your readers that this is a different kind of writing than the other writing in your portfolio. Embedding a pdf or using a pdf viewer like flowpaper or something similar could be good choices. Do not just include a link to your paper. It must be visible on the page as well as downloadable
  • Something new: prose. Creative writing of any sort or an essay — something expository, creative, original, perhaps an extension of a post or an argument or discussion, perhaps another version of one of the projects you wanted to get to, perhaps a response to the course or events on campus or a response to a reading; there are many possibilities. There can be several of these if you would like. This would be the place to talk about personal revolutions in a metaphorical sense, rather than putting personal change into your definition of revolution.
  • Something new: review. A review or discussion of something you have seen or read or heard or visited: a lecture, performance, curated space, museum, something from sapere aude or the service odyssey or any of our study trips. There can be several of these if you would like.
  • Something new: non-textual artifact. Something non-textual: an image, music, soundscape, video, performance; include a description or readers guide to your non-textual something. There can be several of these if you would like.
  • An introduction page that welcomes your readers to your portfolio and gives them some guidance about your work and how to read it and view it. This is a place of orientation and guidance for your readers in which you may choose to explain something about your place in the course and your ideas about your portfolio. This would also be the place for acknowledgements, thank-yous, art or image sources, cc-licenses, and similar notes.

Tuesday May 7 in Hance in the morning you each present your portfolio. One minute each. I will have all the portfolios up on the screen. You come up front to the mic and present. This session will be archived on video. Faculty will be assessing your presentation during this session.

Before the Verna Case Symposium you must push your portfolio out into the world. We’ll do this together on Monday May 6 or Tuesday May 7, you must:

  • upload a screenshot or a short video of another Humester’s portfolio to Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter with either a written caption about why you’re highlighting this portfolio, what you like about it, or describe that in your brief video (under 20 seconds).
  • tag @DavidsonCollege and @HumDavidson;
  • tag #VMCSymposium;
  • include the link to the portfolio index page
  • Post on either May 6 or May 7.

And finally, you present you portfolio at the Verna Case Symposium on Wednesday May 8 in the morning. I have submitted all the necessary information for Humesters. your job: show up from 9-noonish and explain your work to all faculty and fellows and all your friends and other professors who come by. We are in the library on the right side. There will be snacks and drinks. This is faculty evaluation and assessment of your work and how you present it. (Practice speaking your one-minute overview—same as you do in class in Hance on Tuesday morning May 7—and several 30-second overviews of sections of your portfolio. Also: dress for success.)