final portfolio guidelines and portfolios

pandemic edition, year II

You will present your portfolios at the Verna Miller Case Symposium on Friday 30 April.

Links to your portfolios are here.

We will do these both virtually in zoom and live, in-person at the same time. How can this be? We will have a giant concert-style video screen and sound system in front of the main classroom building. (Some members of the VMC Symposium planning group are calling this the #Jumbotron.) Our presentation zoom space will on the big screen, facing the front lawn. There will be high-end sound. While half of you are in the zoom room presenting, the other half of you will be out front on the lawn, watching the show in person—masked and distanced. Fellows and faculty will also be in the audience out front on the grass as they are able, also masked and distanced. Then you switch for the other session: zoomers come to the front lawn; the original audience goes to the zoom (from your rooms or wherever you can broadcast (best without a mask in the zoom).

We’ll do those in two groups of presenters, one from 10:00 – 11:30 am and one from 2:00 – 3:30pm (EDT; times subject to change). Those of you in different time zones let me know when you will present. The rest of you fill out this form to let me know when is best; we’ll try to accommodate everyone’s choice. There will be 37 students each presenting in each session (and most everyone watching).

Plan a two-minute presentation of the best few parts of your portfolio that you’re proud of and want to share. Not the whole portfolio, just your research paper and some more of the good stuff, whatever that is for you. We’ll use zoom and turn on share screen for the presenters and record everything for the archive and review.

If you can’t make it for some reason—personal needs, health, family support, whatever—let us know and you can send a movie of your presentation.

We’re trying to support sharing your work together, and we think this is a good format in which you can all have something to share and be proud of. You’ll want to practice with a partner or a fellow or your AT group a few times: sharing your screen, presenting your research paper briefly, and presenting some other parts of your portfolio as you explain the choices you made and how the parts of your portfolio demonstrate your theme and connect to each other. All in only 2 minutes. You’ll need to practice on your timing!

There will be a simultaneous live youtube channel feed for Davidson people not in the course to view. This will be posted on our site and on social media shortly before the presentations begin.

No stress. Be in touch. Share and collaborate. Link to each other.


Your portfolios contain these elements at a minimum. You can add and adapt as you see fit as long as you work toward the spirit of what we’ve got below.
Your portfolio
• has a clear theme
• shows off your research paper
• represents your learning for the year
• has elements of definitions
• has some historical sensibilities
• brings some creative work

Try to incorporate all these items in some way:

  • an introduction or about page with directions for your readers and an acknowledgements section for image citations, your CC license, and any other acknowledgments; you may decide to divide this among more than one page. Extra points of you do not call this page “about.”
  • your two definitional essays: on the body/bodies (1000-2000 words, perhaps broken up across several pages)
    and on the humanities and of the Humanities (1000-2000 words, perhaps across several pages)
    • maybe include references and examples from each unit
    • maybe include and integrate images of pages from your notebook with your reading notes
    • Be sure to use Prof. Robb’s On Definitions primer and include it in your citations or acknowledgements section
  • revised examples of your writing in the course that connect to your portfolio theme; some writing (posts, notes, annotations) from each unit among the first 6 units would be ideal; connecting these examples to your theme and research paper in some way would be excellent
  • your research paper – the centerpiece of your portfolio, (2000-2500 words; use an in-page pdf viewer of some sort but also include a pdf download option); this should be linked to your other work in your portfolio
  • expanded and polished versions of at least two of campus event commentaries (at least one each from fall and spring); more are welcome
    link these to other parts of your portfolio
  • some kind of reflective responses to something in both unit 7 (Wills) and unit 8 (Denham) ; link and connect these to other parts of your portfolio in some meaningful way
  • something (or several things) new (creative, reflective, analytical, exegetical, hermeneutic, discursive—we have so many great models of different modes and genres in our course) by you that is a text; connect this to your experience in our course and link it to other relevant places in your portfolio
  • something (or things) new by you that is not a text (image or images, audio, video, something else?); connect this to your experience in our course and link it to other relevant places in your portfolio
  • something (or things) new (text or non-text) that is collaborative; connect this to your experience in our course and link it to other relevant places in your portfolio

Here are the streamed Humes presentations from last year, as an example of what were doing in zoom and youtube only back then, here (morning session) and here (afternoon session).