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Interdisicplinary Humanities Innovations Labs: Plan Ahead!

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Published: Jan 14 2019 4:19AM

Interdisciplinary Humanities Innovations Lab Activities for Spring 2019

A lab activity focused on practical, hands-on/experiential applications of the humanities intended to deepen experiences and exchange in interdisciplinary dialogue. Participants attend a lab activity to come to alternative conclusions about human phenomena, debate solutions to issues, create new artifacts, explore existing artifacts, and apply methodologies interactively and beyond textual and typical classroom boundaries.

*Incorporate one or more of these lab activities into your syllabi or assignments,
*offer extra credit to students for attending,
*advertise to students, or
*attend! Free and open to all faculty, staff, and students! (Some labs have limited space)

1.Power to the People
Wed., Feb. 20, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Globe Hall (GT):
Our country and our world are divided by all kinds of discrimination and we need to show our power in putting "we" back into our divided world. Together we can solve issues of racism, sexism, and bullying, but we first need to understand what discrimination looks like and how to respond. Includes an optional viewing of the 2018 Spike Lee film BlacKkKlansman both before (starting at noon) or after (3:45 p.m.) the lab activity. (Led by English/Reading Professor Sally McClean)

2.Who Wins A Gold Star? Bias and Barriers/Equity and Success Across Professions
Thurs., March 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., HT 216 (GT):

We will explore systemic biases and barriers that affect success and discuss possible changes to the professional institutions that could help mitigate these biases and barriers. Participants will play a board game, engage in discussions, and contribute by providing ideas for new support structures for historically underrepresented groups. (Led by Physics Professor Kris Lui)

3.Heads Up: Bystanders as Social Change Agents
Thurs., March 28, 11:00-12:15, CM 211 (TPSS):

What role do we each play as social actors and as participants who shape the communities we live in? This activity will re-enact common scenarios that take place in public space (sexist jokes, catcalling) and create opportunities for participants to explore and analyze bystander options and unconscious assumptions. (Led by English & Women's and Gender Studies Professor Esther Schwartz-McKinzie)

4.Hope in the Time of Climate Change
Monday, April 22nd, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, SC 125 (RV):

Participants will explore cultural contributions to global climate change, see how their own roles in a global society contribute to the climate load of the planet, and, more importantly, learn how changing their own behavior, and society overall, can have positive effects and reduce that load. (Led by Chemistry Professor Craig Benson)

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I'm so excited to see this semester's plan for the Humanities Innovation Labs. There are some really interesting topics! Thanks presenters and organizers!

Posted by: Sharon Fechter, 1/14/2019 10:14:10 AM

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