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This talk highlights Carole McCann’s project on Planned Parenthood of Maryland (PPM), which marked its 90th anniversary in 2017. Working with local archives and PPM, McCann is reconstructing the history of the organization through the work of its staff and community members, whose efforts made PPM a respected public health institution and vital affiliate in the national Planned Parenthood Federation.
This essay considers the modernist cultural production of tango within the contexts of broadcast radio and popular print in the 1920s and 1930s, when both tango and radio were reaching their heyday. Because of its deep engagement with the changing social, economic, and media dynamics of Argentine modernity, its emphasis on cultural “newness” and experimental forms, as well as its play with matters of identity, embodiment, and belonging, tango deserves to be considered among the forms of Argentine modernism. I explore the connections between tango-canción (tango song) as broadcast on the radio, cultural conceptions of voice, and the new and changing understandings of gender identity, embodiment, and women’s roles as they emerge in popular magazines of the time. When we consider the modernism of tango or the shifting notions of embodiment, intimacy, and relation that accompany broadcast radio in the early twentieth century, we must recognize popular print as central to those developments and part of an intermedial nexus of responses to the situation of Argentine modernity. By examining the changing roles of tango’s cancionistas (female singers) in the twenties and thirties in the context of writing about women in the popular press, I show how the protocols and practices of radio and popular print offered crucial challenges to existing notions of gender in the mediascape of 1920s and 1930s Argentina.
The integration of digital multimodal composing (DMC) in the second language (L2)and heritage language (HL) classrooms has expanded our notion of writing, shiftingfrom a focus on the written mode to include other modes of expression (e.g., visual,textual, or aural). Notwithstanding the increasing presence of L2 multimodal learningtasks, which combine different semiotic resources (e.g., language and visual compo-nents such as images or videos) as intrinsic elements used to generate meaning, in-structors have not yet modified the way in which they provide feedback. That is, de-spite the increasing integration of different modes in a multimodal task, instructorsstill focus exclusively on language development – replicating the feedback behaviorsmodeled by non-digital writing assignments – rather than on all the components ofmultimodal texts. In digitally influenced environments and societies, however, thereis a need to reconsider our approaches to feedback to pay greater attention to thelinguistic and nonlinguistic elements of DMC. With the scarcity of research on feed-back in DMC, this article first identifies a gap in multimodal teaching and researchregarding the role and focus on feedback in DMC, and, second, provides an assess-ment rubric from which to base formative feedback that addresses both linguisticand nonlinguistic elements to help students develop their multimodal texts.