Avanzando Educational Pathways

This course, Avanzando - Moving Forward, in partnership with the diverse community of Maryvale, aims to establish clear educational opportunities and career development support for Phoenix youth. With faculty mentorship, students will identify cultural and systemic barriers that inhibit student educational empowerment and produce research-based, hands-on solutions that incorporate the nuances of a humanistic perspective and consider relevant historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts of Maryvale.

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Fall 2022

Justice through School Gardens

This course on school gardens will provide students with interdisciplinary approaches on how to make our food system more sustainable and just by connecting students to local elementary schools. Through the school gardens, Lab students will support the elementary curriculum using the school garden. Lab students will use their experiences to create a model for state policy on gardens in school. As part of our intellectual scaffolding for understanding the importance of school gardens at the intersection of food justice, environmental justice, and climate justice, students will investigate the problems with the modern food system and how it exacerbates inequalities, for example, with health outcomes and children performance in school. In this Lab, we will look at food and food systems to get at some of the fundamental justice questions raised and then how school gardens might be part of the solution to those inequities.

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Fall 2022

Raised garden beds filled to the brim with green leafy vegetables, dirt aisle running between them

Humanizing Digital Culture

Leonardo Lab Series: Lab participants consider how digital culture is (re)shaping human identity, and how humankind attempts to humanize digital culture. An ArtScienceTech lens offers interdisciplinary inquiry and creative platforms to engage with cutting edge initiatives in humanizing digital culture (HDC) through digital identity enterprises, XR and net-native art experiences, experimental publishing, and other innovations. Currently offered during Summer 2022 and Fall 2022 semesters.

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Summer / Fall 2022

Designing the Future University

Universities were once reserved for the very privileged few but now are a cornerstone for preparing a broader and larger group of people to learn, discover, and apply their skills and knowledge for individual and collective well-being. For some time, scholars and critics have argued that universities are ripe for disruption because they are too bound by tradition and are not keeping up with changing societal needs. Rather than waiting for the disruption, in this Lab we will explore how to design the future university in what is clearly a rapidly changing world. ASU is one prototype of a different kind of design, but there can be many valuable approaches. We will explore what we can learn from our own institution and also develop a vision for what a future university can and should be given anticipated changes in economies, social dynamics, technology, cultural expression, global environmental change, and political and policy trends. The lab will pay special attention to how design can facilitate the success of universities in achieving justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Spring 2023

Diplomacy Lab: Latin America

This Humanities Lab course will focus on issues of politics and diplomacy in Latin America. Work will be project-based and follow directives of the Department of State’s Diplomacy Lab program. Students will learn the necessary background to respond to a challenge issued by US embassy in Latin America and work collaboratively to produce a deliverable. Students will then present this deliverable to representatives from the issuing embassy.

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Spring 2023

Gendering Peace & Security

In this inaugural series for the Humanities Lab in collaboration with BRIDGES, we will focus on the principles outlined in UNESCO's Guidelines for Sustainability Science in Research and Education. We will draw on humanities and social sciences approaches in order to innovate student-led transdisciplinary, co-produced, and socially-embedded projects that help justly and equitably transform systems and institutions in ways that seek to empower women and advance security.

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Spring 2023

Indigenizing Food Systems

Through an interdisciplinary and community engaged approach, this Lab will investigate what it means to indigenize our food systems and will grapple with issues and questions regarding food sovereignty and Indigenous health. Through multiple fields and mediums (historical, cultural, scientific and creative) students will engage in different ways of thinking about food and experiment with embodying the concept of “food is medicine.” Our Lab will focus on learning about the complex and sophisticated Indigenous food systems of North America, with a focus on native nations in the Southwest, California, and Midwest, including histories of dispossession and contemporary efforts at revitalization and food justice.

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Spring 2023

Intro to Interdisciplinary Research

Students in this Lab will learn about interdisciplinary research, develop skills of collaboration, learn helpful research tools, exercise creative problem solving skills, and develop a team inquiry project focused on complex social challenges. Each session students will be working hands-on and minds-on in a workshop-like environment as we work through what the concepts & practices above mean and how to use various tools to help us meet our objectives. Students will need to be actively engaged and willing to work with each other as we learn how to conduct research and work toward interventions into some of the world's biggest problems.

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Spring 2023

Making Noise, Making Sound?

Student teams will investigate the concept and practice of noise within the larger parameters of sound and music. The Humanities Lab setting will foster an atmosphere of creative collaborations with the ultimate objective to encourage the students to turn from consumers of information into producers of artistic and cultural artifacts (no previous experience or skill necessary). They will create soundscapes, interactive and multisensory experiences primarily steeped in sound and noise, and also generate playable, annotated soundmaps of the ASU campus to be disseminated outside the classroom. The acoustics and instruments in the Organ Hall will be available for the creation of soundscape environments. Sources will include music, artistic performances, sound/noise clips, manifestos, poetry, short stories, essays, city plans, historical accounts, scholarly works, online archives, and digital humanities projects.

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Spring 2023

Migration, Art, & Place: Berlin/U.S.

This course will explore migrant communities at the intersection of place and identity with a focus on art as cultural expression, means of community and individual empowerment, and justice. We will engage critically with concepts such as migration and identity, place and transnationalism, gender and race. For research we use various art forms, including film, literature, and social media. A comparison of Berlin, Germany and Phoenix, Arizona—both places with large and diverse immigrant populations—will allow an in-depth and focused observation of the differences and commonalities of immigrant groups and responses of local communities in different urban spaces.

This course also offers an optional Global Intensive study abroad opportunity to Germany that runs May 13-20, 2023. For details visit: https://studyabroad.asu.edu

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Spring 2023

Navigating Chaos

Leonardo Lab Series: How can we make sense of an unruly world that is always outgrowing any classification or database? How can we navigate or anticipate a world that is always throwing surprises? We introduce the science and art of complex dynamical systems with rich applications from ecology, to history and urban planning, to improvisatory performance. The course invites students to bring their own complex scenarios and phenomena to discuss, represent or prototype. (Session B - i/oCourse)

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Spring 2022