This community-engaged ‘project’ manifests on multiple levels.
There is the over-arching, year-to-year research project being co-developed by the course instructor Stella Wang and a team of community partners in southwest Rochester. The outcome of this collaborative project is, on one hand, data to help answer the research questions and, on the other hand, the continued benefit for the community and community-university relations.
The second level is the added component of community-based, experiential learning to the course design. The outcome is the increased depth of the course projects. In WRT 263/ENG 289/LTS 263 Translation: Interpreting and Adapting, students learn about major topics in translation theory from translation process to crosscultural translation to different research methods. The weekly readings and student-led class discussions provide a theoretical backdrop as students gain hands-on experience in a range of short, experimental translation assignments including academic translation, audiovisual translation (AVT), and a student-initiated wild card translation, followed by a large community-engaged transcreation project.
Thus, on the third level, are the students’ transcreation projects themselves. Each spring semester, when this course is held, students will use their skills as translators, creators, and researchers to produce their transcreation projects by working with the community partners, either individually or in groups. These projects can take many forms, and these forms are often multi-modal.
By navigating to Transcreation Projects, you will be able to see what students have created, learned, and accomplished each year.
By navigating to Presentations, you will be able to see descriptions, photos, handouts, and other materials from presentations associated with the project. These are, currently, the University of Rochester’s annual Diversity Conference, and the students’ presentations to the Southwest Rochester community at the end of the course.
If you are curious about the idea of ‘transcreation’ and would like to learn more, there is also a references page. Please explore and see what transcreation and community-engagement can do!