Undergraduate Research and Publishing: The Aperio Venture
The presenter’s university has instituted a new kind of seminar that results in texts in the Humanities that have been edited, annotated, and/or translated by undergraduate students in collaboration with faculty; the series of texts is called Aperio. Students also work with faculty to design and publish the texts. The books are intended to be of interest to all readers but should be of particular interest and use to college students and in undergraduate classes. The presenter taught the first of these seminars; under his guidance the students produced a new, heavily annotated translation of “Perpetua’s Passion,” which contains the earliest extant writing by a Christian woman. This text, and the entire series, was established to help Humanities students engage in serious research through course work. The presentation will outline (1) the process whereby students from three different disciplines (Classics, Publishing, Art Design) collaborated in a course setting to produce the book, (2) the impediments to this sort of collaborative undergraduate scholarship, (3) the strategies by which the impediments were overcome, and (4) the pedagogical advantages of the project. The discussion will enable participants to consider the possibility of starting such a project at their institutions and to offer advice for the improvement of the Aperio Series.
Keywords: Aperio, Collaboration, Humanities, Research, Publishing
Dr. Joseph Walsh
Professor, Department of Classics, Loyola College