Story+ Project

Left of Black Story+ Project


As it approaches its 10th year, the Left of Black (LoB) weekly webcast continues to grow and older episodes see less circulation. To remedy this and make use of the knowledge shared, the large LoB archive can be mined and re-engineered into lesson plans. For the summer 2018 edition of Story +, Left of Black would like to enlist the aid of graduate mentors and undergraduate students to create an online curriculum for high school students.  

The project involves mining the LoB archive, organizing the content by theme, devising discussion questions and/or exercises, and making the material accessible online in a digital interface that would appeal to high school students. We imagine this project primarily as a supplement to traditional classroom learning.  

List of essential skills undergraduates will need:

  • critical listening skills, ability to find themes in the archive 
  • grounding in black studies, popular culture, and sociopolitical issues 
  • humanities-based research methods 
  • curriculum best practices for secondary school students 
  • strong writing, editing and organization skills 
  • light video editing 
  • some knowledge of website design 
  • experience working with a large archive is a plus

Special supplementary application materials:

  • Writing sample
Project Sponsor(s): 

Mark Anthony Neal, Professor, Department of African and African American Studies

Left of Black Mark Anthony Neal


  • Archives
  • Education
  • African American Studies