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Feeling Climate Uncertainty

Spring 2021

FEELING CLIMATE UNCERTAINTY will assess, consider, and address the complex emotions arising from human-driven climate disruption. The climate crisis generates multiple complex and sometimes contradictory emotions including ecological denial, guilt, frustration, rage, hope, anxiety, and many more. This Lab will work with the realities of this emotional landscape, to begin to realize the significant individual and ultimately socio-cultural changes asked of us.

Information Overload

Spring 2021

This Lab will focus on the present moment of too much information, with much of it being false, by looking at the history of information overload and then analyzing the problems and solutions of a crush of information today.

ArtScience: COVID Response

Spring 2021

ArtScience: COVID Response investigates the critical skillsets and mindsets required to navigate crisis, build resilience, and create the future. Although we cannot predict what future we will encounter, we have all recently experienced a global crisis that is dramatically forcing a new future upon us – the COVID pandemic. Together, students and faculty will examine what disciplinary skill- and mind-sets are most valuable to shape our future given the challenges COVID has exacerbated within our communities.

Sustainable Fashion

Spring 2021

As we continue to purchase more clothes and the fashion industry continues to expand each year, what effect does it have on the environment and on textile workers? Through the investigation of case studies, current industry journals, webinars, and discussions with industry experts and workers, we will propose solutions for creating more sustainable and equitable fashion supply chains and consumer practices.

Facing Immigration

Spring 2021

For the past decade, immigration has been a major, controversial force shaping political developments across North America, Europe, and Latin America. Why? The FACING IMMIGRATION Lab, repeating after a very successful run in Spring 2019, will investigate the social, political and historical questions raised by immigration through art and different forms of artistic production that will be shared on campus and in the larger community.

Intro Interdisciplinary Research

Spring 2021

Intro Interdisciplinary Research offers undergraduate students an opportunity to learn methods and practice skills to engage in collaborative research that crosses disciplinary boundaries to provide more holistic solutions to today’s grand social challenges. Students will apply what they learn via hands-on engagement with an issue of current relevance. In Spring ‘21, the instructional team and students will dive into questions about technology, community, and protests as a means to affect change.