This Spring, DePaul is initiating HumanitiesX, which will give students the opportunity to tackle society’s most pressing issues through hands-on, project-based experiences.
From Spring 2022 on, HumanitiesX will provide three experiential learning courses every Spring quarter for students centered on an annual theme. The theme for 2022 is immigration and migration. All of these courses count for the Experiential Learning credit requirement.
Children Seeking Asylum: Creating Digital Media to Support Human Rights
Prof. Chi Jang Yin, Art, Media & Design / Prof. Maria Ferrera, Social Work
ART 395/MSW 450 – M/W 1-2:30
This course will engage students in understanding the experience of children and families seeking asylum in the US
in the current sociopolitical climate. With the help of our community partner, the Midwest Human Rights
Consortium (MHRC), students will develop a critical, transdisciplinary understanding of the asylum process and
create digital media deliverables (i.e., short videos and website content) that promote social justice.
Geographies of Displacement: Migration and Immigration in Atomic-Age Art
Prof. Kerry Ross, History / Prof. Yuki Miyamoto*, Religious Studies
HST 322/REL 305 – Tu/Th 2:40-3:50
This course explores how people and communities affected by the trauma of migration, war, and discrimination
communicate their experiences and negotiate their identity through art. We will explore historical examples of relocation, internment, and the forced migration of Japan’s colonized subjects, examining the social, political, and religious components that are played out in people’s displacement. In partnership with the Japanese Arts Foundation, students will design and build objects and content for a commemorative ceremony at the Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago’s Jackson Park.
*For a past review of Yuki Miyamoto’s HON 104 class, go here
Publishing Oral Histories About Immigration and Immigration Rights
Prof. Amy Tyson, History / Prof. Chris Solis Green, English
ENG 376/ENG 377/HST 389 – M/W 11:20-12:50 (on-campus hybrid)
This course explores how to amplify immigrant stories to advance the goal of rights for the undocumented. In
partnership with our community partner, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC), students will gather, edit,
and publish a digital anthology of oral histories from BPNC’s network of activists. Students will learn about the
experiences of those working on the ground for immigrant rights and immigration reform, as well as engaging in the
practice of gathering oral histories and preparing them for publication.
For more information on HumanitiesX and these courses, visit humanitiesx.depaul.edu