Assignment: University Archives Visit + Lab Activity [due 10/13 @8 PM]
PART 1: LAB ACTIVITY - UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES VISIT
- 2a. You will be assigned a Box from the University Archives' "Campus Unrest Collection". Spend an hour with it. You won't likely be able to get through everything - but aim to browse through a good portion and see what you find interesting. Take at least 3 photos and document your favorite selections. [Keep in mind that this kind of collection can also be useful for getting a read of the historical context of student and campus concerns that can be relevant for your final projects]
- 2b. In no more than 1.5 pages, describe and summarize your observations from the Archive visit and your Assigned Box. What concerns do you see voiced and are preserved here? What parties are involved? What clues do you see for the larger context in which those concerns emerge? Include at least three photos to document what you observe. What specific lessons do you hear being shared as especially relevant for students or organizers today, both on and off campus?
- 2c. Make sure to upload your photos and your reflections to your Scalar page. We'll take some time to each share these in class on Monday 10/14.
PART 2: READING RESPONSE
- Read and review the assigned readings this week: the "1967 Report of the Internal Evaluation Committee to Define the Role of the UIUC Student Senate" and The Biological Computer Laboratory (BCL). Thinking specifically about the wide-ranging questions that generated a focal point for Biological Computing Movements, select/list at least 5 different strategies that Heinz von Foerster and members of the BCL used to innovate and elaborate cybernetics practice. Using a citation from one of the readings from this week, write out four questions that you could imagine asking Heinz von Foerster, or members of the BCL, more than 40 years after their groundbreaking work in cybernetics was instigated.