The Humanities Alliance held our final institute of the 2016-2017 academic year on June 2. (Read a recap of the workshop here; for more context, also see our past institute recaps from April and May.) This year’s fellows and faculty mentors met the incoming cohort of fellows and mentors, and shared their experiences over lunch.
The LaGuardia Mellon Humanities Scholars exhibited their end-of-year projects during a curated showcase at LaGuardia’s Black Box Theater on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. These projects were shaped with guidance and feedback from faculty mentors connected to the project and LaGuardia. The Scholars were guided throughout the year by Kaysi Holman, Director of Programs and Administration, and Stefanie Sertich, Professor and Director of the Theatre program at LaGuardia. Want to see more? Check out the showcase recap and photos from Kitana Ananda, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, and Elizabeth Alsop, Mellon Humanities Scholar.
Two of our incoming fellows have co-authored posts with other Graduate Center students for the TLC’s Visible Pedagogy; in each post, the fellows reflect on teaching and learning practices across the disciplines through the Open Teaching Initiative’s Class Visit Exchange:
- Different Fields, Similar Strategies: The Value of Group Work, by 2017-2019 Humanities Alliance Fellow, Inés Vañó García (Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages), and Naomi Lewandowski (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior).
- To Call on Students, or Not to Call on Them? On Structuring Class Participation, by 2017-2019 Humanities Alliance Fellow, Jonathan Kwan (Philosophy), and Iris Strangmann (Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences)
Finally, Kitana Ananda invited this year’s faculty mentors to reflect on their experiences of teaching and mentoring in the Humanities Alliance. In the first interview of the series, Professor Ana María Hernández reflects on her forty-five years of teaching at LaGuardia and shares what she values about serving as a mentor to graduate students at this stage in her career. Her dedication to teaching and her commitment to her students is inspiring, and the perfect note to close the year.