Strength for the Struggle

Strength for the Struggle

Social work students at zine event
Participants contributed to a collaborative zine

How do we respond to a summer marked by news about violence, hate crimes, and political polarization? In the spirit of International Zine Month, the Knowledgelab hosted it’s first event – inviting members of the campus community to create a hand-made publication together.  Zines have a long history as a feminist genre of publication, grounded in documenting personal experiences and making space for counter-narratives to the mainstream media. Archivists Kate Sumner and Amanda Ferrara along with Digital Scholarship Librarian Miriam Neptune collected government documents recently withdrawn from the library, magazines, newspapers and other found materials for creators to work with in developing their own pages. Students from the School of Social Work, staff members, high school students from Feminist Camp at Hampshire College, and interested community members shared thoughts, inspiration, and creativity.

Archivist Mandy Ferrara making a zine page Two participants in the workshop making a zine page together A workshop participant and her young son at the workshopOne zine-making workshop participant takes a Polaroid picture of another participantTwo participants in the zine-making workshop in the KnowledgeLab

Several participants in the zine-making workshop