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Rebuilding Puerto Rico

Spring 2019

In September 2017, Puerto Rico was devastated by an unusually powerful hurricane, which rendered the island’s physical and socioeconomic systems nearly powerless. Almost a year later, none of those systems has recovered. Why is it taking so long? The challenges posed in rebuilding Puerto Rico reflect the challenges of urban and human resilience in the context of climate change and the expected higher frequency of extreme weather phenomena. The Rebuilding Puerto Rico Humanities Lab will investigate the ethical and political questions, as well as the technological and strategic ones, entailed in this and other disaster recoveries.

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The Future of Cars

Spring 2019

No technology has had a bigger impact – for better and for worse – on our everyday lives, our imaginations, and our planet than the automobile. It (continues) to revolutionize how people and things move around. It shapes where we live.  It helped to create our dependence on fossil fuels, increasing pollution and hastening climate change.  As the negative aspects of the car become more apparent and new technologies, like autonomous or electric vehicles reshape the car, what is the future of the automobile? And, how will the car’s future affect us?

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Facing Immigration

Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

This course will seek ways to respond to these difficult, transdisciplinary questions on migration and movement.

Together, students and faculty will engage with current and historical immigration and refugee movement at the local, national, and global level. The course trains students with a variety of methodological tools that will be applied as teams of students and faculty explore resolutions or approaches to these complex situations. Through engaging in research exercises that probe, interrogate, explore, and design collaborative group projects, the course will share their outcomes and the course experience beyond the classroom. View more information about this course