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Zines in Academe: Can We Bring More Joy to the Practice of Research and Scholarship?

With Zines in Academe, zine librarian Jenna Freedman invites participants to explore alternatives or supplements to the research paper. Together we will discuss questions like "Do writing and grading have to be arduous?" "How do non-traditional..."

Learrrning Manifesto

Learrrning Mangifesto page (3) detail from Weigh of Showing (accessible text at

The Brief

Weigh of Showing: A Pedagogy Zine, page 4, viewable at

Reflect (write, draw, meditate) on the following questions for eight minutes:

What is/was central to your college experience?




Do writing and grading have to be arduous?




How can non-traditional assignments challenge dominant race, class, & neurology? How can we engage a greater amount of skills, talents, and identities in the pursuit of creating and sharing knowledge?




How might you use zines (as primary and secondary sources or as creative projects) to show accomplishment in the Ways of Knowing shown in the graphic on this page?

What is the point?

cover of Gym Crow zineWhat are learning objectives for traditional research papers?


Do traditional research papers uphold forms of dominance and oppression?


What skills and talents might a zine highlight?


Do we need to assign them for every class?


Should learning be fun?