Readings & Resources

Getting Started

Here are a handful of sites where you can start learning about and researching issues of class and labor at the university. You should, of course, continue to build your own collection of online resources as you work on your projects.

Coalition on the Academic Workforce

National Adjunct Walkout Day

The Institute for College Access & Success

Association of Working Class Academics

Readings: Week 1

[Bowdon and Scott and Grabill are available on CourseWeb]

Riederer, “The Teaching Class”

Kovalik, “Death of an Adjunct”

Resources: Memo

See the Purdue OWL’s four tabs on memo writing, “Audience & Purpose,” “Parts of a Memo,” “Format,” and “Sample Memo.”

Readings: Week 2

Coalition on the Academic Workforce, “One Faculty Serving All Students”

Kenzior, “Zero Opportunity Employers”

Segran, “The Adjunct Revolt”

Resources: White Paper

Citation help at the Purdue OWL: APA style guide and Chicago Manual of Style.

The Purdue OWL also offers these tips for writing white papers:

Avoid passive voice! The Purdue OWL discusses the difference between active and passive voice here and offers tips on turning passive sentences into active ones:

Sample white papers:

“Stop Sprawl,” published by the Sierra Club: This white paper is closer to the length of the one that you’ll write. It should give you a good sense of white paper organization and the kinds of research that white papers use.

“The Importance of Education,” published by the UK Dept. of Education: This white paper is very long, but it’s a good example of how solutions and calls to action figure in white papers—note, especially, the “So We Will” bullets in the beginning of the paper, which offer concrete moves for the future.

Readings: Week 3

See Kenzior & Segran, above.

Readings: Week 4

[Williams readings available on CourseWeb]

Resources: Infographics

This list covers the most important components of infographic composition: color schemes, eye-catching typography, and data visualization. Thank you to my colleagues Kerry Banazek and Carrie Hall for collecting and sharing these resources.

Happy designing!

Infographic Generators

You are not required to use an infographic generator—in fact, some of my favorite student infographics have been hand-drawn or made using Powerpoint—but you might like to check these out. Note that there are free versions of these generators and premium versions that require you to pay a fee for more advanced features (which you should not do).                                                           

Making Accurate Charts Based on Numeric Data

For quick, simple, accurate charts – a generator by Caleb Loffer –

For more complicated interface/more powerful data visualization –

Making Flowcharts

Thinking About Icons

A useful sit for thinking about the relationship between pictures and language—and pictures that replace language.

The Noun Project –

Working with Color

Color scheme designer –

A simulator that lets you check what your images look like to someone who is colorblind –

Working with Typography

Butterick’s Practical Typography –

Finding (Free) Non-Standard Fonts

Font hunting and downloading might get addictive for some of you. If that ends of being the case, you should come talk to me, so I can tell you about all the Friday nights I’ve spent watching Netflix and downloading new fonts for future projects (like the font that makes for the headers of all of our course documents). Dafont is my favorite.                        

Working With Maps

For drawing on/adding information to maps –

For devising cartographic color schemes (colorblind-safe mode) –

Stylized maps (of locations you select) via Stamen Design –

Websites That Often Feature Infographics

You have some excellent models in The Best American Infographics 2014 already, but you might find more inspiration elsewhere. Also consider searching these sites and tweeting infographics that you think the rest of the class should know about—or that are relevant to your issue.                    

Some Articles of Interest

A LONG list of relevant links broken down categorically –

A (very debatable) list of dos and don’ts with examples –

Readings: Week 5

Campos, “The Real Reason College Tuition Costs So Much”

Foster, “What Is it Like to Be Poor at an Ivy League School?”

Resources: Audio Essay

Download Audacity here (it’s free!):

Most of Audacity’s online help can be found here: Please explore the manuals and tutorials in advance of our in-class Audacity work studio on Monday, June 15. You should come to class that day with basic working knowledge of the software.

Here’s the Super Fast Guide to Audio Editing.

Listening to audio essays: places to start:

This American Life 


Planet Money

State of the Re:Union


Snap Judgment

Some audio / textual / video pieces to help you think about editing & storytelling:

“Pulling Back the Curtain” from On the Media

Ira Glass of This American Life on storytelling, parts 1–4:

Writing for the Ear: Geoffrey Nunberg’s Principles:

If you find yourself conducting an interview for your audio essay, here are some super helpful tips for Conducting & Recording Interviews.

Ethical audio resources: for the inclusion of background music, interludes, ambience, etc. : The Freesound Project is a collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds. It focuses only on sound, not songs, and anyone can contribute. : The Free Music Archive, directed by WFMU radio, is a curated library of high-quality, legal audio to download, share and reuse, depending on its licensing. : Jamendo is a community of free, legal and unlimited music published under a variety of Creative Commons licenses. (Unlike FMA, Jamendo is not “curated.”) Free online platform for capturing and downloading audio from YouTube in mp3 format.


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