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Applications in Climate & Society, Spring 2021

Zine workshop led by Zine Librarian Jenna Freedman. Brian L Kahn and Andrew J Kruczkiewicz, professors.

Zine Assignment

Zine Basics

What is a zine?

Zine definition from Scissors & Chainsaws No. 2 : Diary Comic Zine Made in July 2020 During International Zine Month by Nina Echozina, excerpt shared with permission

Anything anyone wants to add?

Zine Immersion


Skim a zine for four minutes and then switch, for four rounds. You will not be able to read these zines in their entirety.

Find more Barnard zines to read online. (Not now--later!)


Take two minutes to make notes about what you absorbed and how zines feel to you.

Discuss What You Read and Saw

photo of a cat with an open box and a pile of zinesDiscuss

What kind of person made the last zine you looked at, and why?

Why did the creator(s) make a zine instead of...

  • a book
  • a poem
  • street theater
  • a Tumblr
  • an Instagram post
  • a meme
  • a protest
  • a letter to the editor
  • etc.

How to the images complement or complicate the text?


Take three minutes to think about which elements you connect to and how you might use them to make an academic argument in a non-academic way.