The systematic critical exploration of blackness and its impact on citizenship and education is important to consider in the United States’ current social climate. This cluster interrogates the ways diasporic bodies navigate change, boundaries, and disrupt systems, particularly through movement and education, from an Afro-feminist and womanist perspective. Arguing the necessity of Afrofuturist creativity and multi-disciplinary collaboration, we realize postcolonial freedom through a liberated mindset. Our exploration will include an educational speaker series, a dance/movement residency/workshops, and experiential components that investigate creative educational spaces in the mid-Atlantic region. Our goal is to convene a broad range of students and create cross-work among people who don’t always connect to each others' learning and to broader societal implications.
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 scientific knowledge and philosophical argumentation regarding science. In order to provide a foundation in these areas, this 360° involves an ecology course and a course on the philosophical questions surrounding the use of scientific data and climate science.