WordPress Help for the Ward Project

Amy Hillier from our Faculty Advisory Group gave us a heads-up about a great opportunity for students to work on The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward project. She is looking for research assistants through the Fox Leadership Program and the Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society. Students would get the chance to master WordPress and web design (with WIC coaching if needed) and contribute to an important effort! (You might remember our posts on an interview with Haftom and the 2011 Legacy of Courage film screening.) Here’s the official announcement:

Founded in 1999 through the generosity and vision of Robert A. Fox (C’52) and Penny Fox (ED’52), the Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is dedicated to enriching the Penn undergraduate experience in ways that equip and empower students and recent alumni for present and future leadership roles. http://www.foxleadership.org

The Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society is seeking two undergraduate work-study eligible research assistants to work on The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward. Interested students should send a cover letter and resume to Chuck Brutsche at brutsche@sas.upenn.edu.

Job description: research assistant with media experience:

Student will assist in various capacities on The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward, a history research, teaching and public history. His/her primary responsibilities will include video and audio editing as well as posting and managing data on the website, hard drive, YouTube and iTunes. He/she will also assist with research on primary sources (e.g., news articles, photos, reports) as needed.

Seeking a self starter and team player, interested in history, research, and able to conduct research in an organized fashion. Student should be able to learn/ or have familiarity with video editing, video uploading, posting materials on WordPress websites and creating excel spreadsheets. Intern must be able to work independently and produce quality work. Attention to detail, follow-up communication, and ability to focus in details as well as broader goals is necessary. We seek a work study eligible student available to work 10 hours a week.

The Ward: Race & Class in Du Bois’ Seventh Ward Project

We seek to continue W.E.B. Du Bois’ unfinished business of promoting the full humanity of all people and moving closer to the American ideal of “liberty and justice for all.” THE WARD, an existing teaching, research, public history, and outreach project based on Du Bois’ 1899 book, The Philadelphia Negro, uses a combination of old and new technologies to interpret the “problem of the color line” over three centuries. With the voices of scholars and everyday history makers, we explore how racism has also been reshaped, reinvented and reinforced over three centuries. We also consider class, place, identity, agency, and structure as sub-themes to investigate diverse histories and perspectives across the color line. Our goals for this project are to:

  • Elevate the history of the Seventh Ward and W.E.B. Du Bois’ scholarship on the color line.
  • Share lessons from the stories of everyday history makers from the Seventh Ward, particularly the ways they understood and negotiated the color line in their personal and professional lives.
  • Identify and address the unfinished business related to racism, race relations, and racial equity by promoting listening.

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