A prefatory note: This update was included in the “Humanities Alliance Corner,” our new section of the Futures Initiative’s monthly newsletter, which is edited by Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow, Allison Guess. We’re sharing it here as a roundup of our most recent events and blogs.
We’ve had a busy Spring here at the Humanities Alliance, but the semester’s not over yet!
The program recently co-sponsored a roundtable discussion on Teaching the Humanities at Two Year Colleges: Perspectives and Practices (April 24) with the Futures Initiative and the Teaching and Learning Center, and organized a panel on Education after LaGuardia: Going to a Four-Year College or Graduate School (April 26), which included LaGuardia alum and Futures Initiative Graduate Fellow, Mike Rifino.
The Alliance’s upcoming events include the LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars Showcase on Wednesday, May 24, at 6:30 pm, in the LaGuardia Black Box Theater, Room M-122. All are welcome to attend.
Are you a professor, colleague, or friend of a student at LaGuardia? Encourage them to apply to be a LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholar! The Scholars program offers LaGuardia students opportunities to connect with art, theater, music, literature, history and culture; a better understanding of careers within the Humanities; and skills to build pathways for academic and career success. Apply online by May 15.
Check out the Humanities Alliance blog for a list of resources for supporting students in difficult times compiled by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Kitana Ananda, and posts from our inaugural cohort of Graduate Teaching Fellows! This month’s posts include Jennifer Polish’s reflections on acting in a composition class, Emily Brooks on the benefits of making class field trips optional, Juano in the Movies, an essay Rojo Robles presented on the inscription of Afro-Caribbean actors in Early American Cinema at the Latinx at LaGuardia Symposium, and Luis Henao Uribe’s reflections on classroom observations and learning from discussions with colleagues.
The latest post on our blog is especially relevant in these final weeks of the semester: Be sure to read Anton Kociolek’s reflections on preparing students for the final assignment in a Critical Thinking course.