José Guadalupe Posada Class Projects

About this project

In October and November, 2018, students in SPAN 220 visited USC Libraries Special Collections to view original printed broadsides (broad sheets) of the famous Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada, held in the José Guadalupe Posada Collection in USC Libraries Special Collections Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies.  They also examined selected secondary materials on Posada and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Each student selected one of Posada's broadsides illustrating a calavera (skull), wrote certain metadata elements (broadside title, date printed, short description), and wrote a short essay about the broadside. 

Students learned about primary sources and how to evaluate visual primary sources as artistic and historical documents, specifically about J.G. Posada, his broadsides, and relationship to Dia de los Muertos.  In addition, they learned about what Scalar is, relationship of metadata to a digital object, and how these will be used to help the class create their digital exhibit with Posada's Calaveras and their 200 word essays.

Scalar, a multimodal publishing system developed at USC, was used to publish this digital exhibit.


USC Libraries - Boeckmann Center for Iberian and Latin American Studies, Leavey Library, and the Ahmanson Lab
Barbara Robinson, Librarian, Boeckmann Center for Iberian & Latin American Studies, Special Collections
Karen Howell, Head, Leavey Library, and Faculty Diversity Recruitment Liaison for UPC Libraries
Curtis Fletcher, Associate Director, Ahmanson Lab, Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Consuelo Sigüenza-Ortiz, PhD, Associate Professor (Teaching) of Spanish

SPAN 220 class: 
Ashley Applewhite
Jaime Benitez
Kara Bradley
Yipeng Guo
Kari Jensen
Matthew Katz
Justine Kimbel
Max Lanter
Jeong Won Lee
Eleanor Lo Re
Harinarayana Mellacheruvu
Matthew Moran-Flores
Ibum Obu
Claire Rhee
Ykili Ross


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