Expressing the Inexpressible: Trauma and Resilience through Comics
This 360 pulls together theoretical perspectives on comics, narration, trauma, and recovery to explore critical dimensions of the global experience of trauma, with a focus on interdisciplinary understandings of suffering and survival. By the conclusion of the 360, students provide original analyses about how art enables individuals and communities to better understand and articulate the realities of suffering that otherwise often go unexpressed.
Foodways and Migration
This 360 uses the frameworks of history, cultural studies, and archaeology to examine the relationship between foodways and migration. Through the interplay of history, literature, and archaeological practice, students will learn about the roles foodways (practices of food production, distribution, and consumption) play in migration (both people and objects), as the cluster elevates questions about cultural belonging, social policy, citizenship, and community. They will study comparative urban sites of transnational migration, and look at food policy on a multinational level. Students will explore how these questions play out in a week -long field study in Greece, in March. In Athens and Thessaloniki, students will have the opportunity to visit archeological sites, engage with the ongoing history of immigrant communities, and explore culinary adaptation and influence as a lens on cultural exchange.
Science, Power, and Truth
We currently live in a “post truth” era where it is often difficult to discern fact from “fake news”. How can we use science to respond to the criticisms of those in power that might disagree with our fundamental assumptions about the reliability of scientific facts? Anticipating and addressing these challenges requires an understanding of the fundamental connections between the three disciplines of this 360: Biology, Philosophy, and Political Science.