StudentCam is C-SPAN’s national video documentary competition encouraging students to think critically about issues that affect their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6–12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary on a topic related to the theme What’s Your Vision in 2020? Students are invited to explore the issue they most want presidential candidates to address during the campaign. Students may compete individually or in teams of two or three members. Students’ documentaries must include clips of supporting or opposing C-SPAN video related to their chosen topic. C-SPAN will award cash prizes totaling $100,000 to 150 individuals or teams for their documentaries, and more than 50 teacher advisers. Interested applicants will find additional details about this grant on GetEdFunding, a website sponsored by CDW•G with access to a free database of thousands of funding opportunities for educators.
Deadline: Entry form should be submitted, and entries uploaded, by January 20, 2020.
Few American artists loom larger than Langston Hughes. He wrote novels, plays, short stories, films, librettos, children’s verse, newspaper columns, translations, and memoirs, and edited several important anthologies. But most of all, he remained a poet. From “Dreams” to “Let America Be America Again,” he explored social conscience and class difference with lyric beauty and music.
The 1619 Project, inaugurated with a special issue of The New York Times Magazine, reframes US history by marking the year when the first enslaved Africans arrived on Virginia soil as the nation’s foundational date. The Project is a collection of essays and literary works observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery.
Pithy and powerful, poetry is a popular art form at protests and rallies—from the civil rights movement to Black Lives Matter. The poems of protest, resistance, and empowerment on the Poetry Foundation’s website call out and talk back to the inhumane forces that threaten from above.