Not College 101

Through Georgia State’s Experiential, Project-based and Interdisciplinary Curriculum (EPIC) program, Students can work on long-term projects alongside faculty, graduate students and other undergrads while earning credit toward their degrees.

Among EPIC’s ongoing Project Labs is Mapping Atlanta, which is creating digital records of cultural touchstones unique to the city. If a neighborhood, night club or retail center was namechecked by Outkast, it’s a datapoint on the online Rap Map. If it’s spray-painted inside the iconic Krog Street Tunnel, it’s being captured in 3D scans and 360-degree photos that document the ever-changing scene inside the city’s most popular underground art gallery.

Brennan Collins is the director of the EPIC program and associate director of Georgia State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Online Education (CETLOE). He runs the Mapping Atlanta Project Lab, which is also tracking the establishment and relocation of Southeast Asian restaurants around the city and looking back at the forced migration of members of an enslaved African family.

In the Krog Street Tunnel, students are using 360-degree cameras and Matterport 3D mapping technology, which allows for virtual tours, to periodically scan the graffiti-laden walls.

“The idea is they’ll archive this and eventually start doing interviews with artists and community members,” Collins says. “And with Matterport, what we’re hoping to do is sort of a virtual Krog high-rise, showing each scan of the tunnel as a different floor from a different point in time.”

Established five years ago, the Rap Map project is building an online database of the places around metro Atlanta mentioned in rap lyrics. From Walter’s Clothing to Stonecrest Mall, each pin on the map represents a location named in a song. The work of six well-known artists has been mapped so far, with 10 more soon to be added.

“Some of the questions we’re asking include, ‘How does this reflect the gentrification patterns and the migration patterns in the city?” Collins says. “How are these poorer communities that have been historically where hip-hop artists have come from being dispersed into the suburbs?”

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, shown here speaking with College of Law professor Mo Ivory and her class in 2019, received an honorary Bachelor of Science in Music Management this spring for his support of Ivory’s class and the Creative Media Industries Institute (CMII).

While law students are used to studying contract, constitutional and case lawsome at Georgia State also study the biggest names in showbusiness.

In her “Legal Life of…” series, College of Law Professor of Practice Mo Ivory dives into legal concepts like client representation, negotiation and what it takes to be successful in the area of ​​entertainment practice — all through the lens of a superstar’s career.

“It’s a different kind of law class,” says Ivory, who is also director of the Entertainment, Sports and Media Law Initiative at the college. “We have dream subjects for students to learn about.”

This semester, Steve Harvey is the subject under scrutiny.

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