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Radical African thought, revolutionary youth culture, and Wikipedia

Per Princeton instructor and African American Studies scholar Dr. Wendy Belcher, “African thought continues to be marginalized, even though radical black intellectuals have shaped a number of social movements and global intellectual history. African youths are innovating new models that are revolutionizing the sciences, law, social and visual media, fashion, etc.” She has taught multiple … Continued

Students write 50 Wikipedia biographies of women in STEM in less than a year

In Fall 2018, Dr Rebecca Barnes of Colorado College began asking her environmental science students to write Wikipedia pages for women scientists. In response, her students have risen to the occasion, producing a total of 52 new biographies for women in a wide variety of STEM fields since then. “I am excited for my students … Continued

Information science students participate in Wikipedia’s living archive

As we go about our daily lives we create and consume things of archival interest. Some items are meant to be kept and revisited many times over, such as websites, books, film, and music. Items like email, letters, and work documents, may be kept for sentimental or reference reasons. And others may be ephemera intended … Continued

What linguistics students can do to help preserve indigenous languages

“Every two weeks a language disappears taking with it an entire cultural and intellectual heritage.” * Every year, communities around the world join the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to recognize International Mother Language Day. This year, the 2019 theme celebrates Indigenous languages in particular, asserting that “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building … Continued

Why a student wrote “oat milk” into Wikipedia

The current cultural buzz around oat milk weaves together conversations around food sustainability, plant science, health, pop culture, and new industry growth. But before December 10, 2018, you couldn’t find anything about oat milk on Wikipedia. Now, thanks to a student in Yin-long Qiu’s Plants and Human Health course at the University of Michigan, the … Continued

Learn about Mesoamerican deities on Wikipedia thanks to students

No creature as horrible as Tlaltecuhtli – the “embodiment of the chaos that raged before Earth’s creation” – should be allowed to roam the world, decided Mesoamerican gods Quetzalcoatl and Tezcatlipoca. So, the two powerful deities tore the great sea monster in half in a terrific battle. But Tlaltecuhtli survived (although in pieces) and demanded human sacrifice evermore … Continued

Students make trans history more visible on Wikipedia

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day where communities and organizations in more than 20 countries worldwide raise awareness about the prejudice and threat of violence that trans people face around the world. One way to draw awareness and reduce violence is through education and visibility. Today we’re recognizing work that student editors in … Continued

Student says “more universities need to participate” in editing Wikipedia

When Jay Rowland heard he would be adding content to Wikipedia as a class assignment, he was excited for what he would learn. “I thought that it would be good to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles,” says Jay. Wikipedia is a resource that students use all the time, but often without the robust digital … Continued

Student adds history of Montreal’s Black Power movement to Wikipedia

Dr. Thomas Peace taught a course called Crises and Confederation at Huron University College in the spring. The course focused on Canadian history from 1867 to the present and explored four main themes: Indigenous peoples, language and multiculturalism, war, and gender. “In the past I have had students prepare proposals for exhibits that connect the broad themes … Continued