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The Perzine Is Political: Critical Thinking with Casual Texts

This is the detailed syllabus for Jenna Freedman's Pre-College Program class at Barnard College, held in the summer of 2023.

Monday: Zine Types & Techniques

cover of Girl ZinesJoy (9:30-9:45)

Zine assignment & research lab (9:45-10:45)

Break (10:45-11)

Read & discuss Piepmeier Why Zines Matter (11-11:30)

Explore zine bindings and art elements (11:30-12)

Office Hours & Zine Lab 2-4

Tuesday: Wireframes & Feedback

I Made You a Zine flierJoy (9:30-9:45)

also, check in about Interference Archive trip and sharing letters with creators

Zine planning (9:45-10:45)

Break (10:45-11)

Think, Pair, Share (11-11:45)

More lab time (11:45-12)


Wednesday: Project Time & Feedback

photo of a table of people making postcardsJoy (9:30-9:45)

Project time (9:45-10:45)

Break (10:45-11)

Feedback (11-12)

Thursday: Production Time

QR codes that least to (9:30-9:45)

TBD based on zine progress (9:45-10:45)

Break (10:45-11)

TBD based on zine progress (11-12)

for the afternoon:

  • sweet or savory?
  • allergies? 
  • dietary restrictions?

photo of a cat nibbling the corner of a zineZine Factory

Zine Snacktory

QR code that points to Little Bits

  • Share alternate email addresses in GroupMe if you like
  • <-- Fill out the acquisitions form 
  • Return your zines
  • Add to the assessment document linked in the QR code higher above

Festival of the Arts

Table in the lobby with your zines