Spring 2019 Studios

Spring 2019 communities are beginning to take shape. Here's a sneak peek:

The Miseducation of the Negro

This spring Scholars Studio will return to the study of Carter G. Woodson’s book, The Miseducation of the Negro. The community will kick off with a tour of Carter G. Woodson’s recently restored home in Washington, D.C. Scholars will use the disciplinary perspective from each course in the Studio to gain a fuller understanding of the text. Along the way, we hope to connect with Maurice Wallace at University of Virginia’s Carter G. Woodson Institute and the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Understanding at Berea College, Woodson’s alma mater. BSU, UVA, and Berea—an HBCU, a university with Jeffersonian roots, and a college founded by abolitionists—will provide unique perspectives in the study of Miseducation.

Restorative Justice

Continuing our tradition of social justice-oriented inquiries, we will explore the roots, current practices and opportunities of restorative justice. Scholars will be trained in conflict resolution and the use of restorative practices. They will engage in projects on campus to practice and reflect on restorative approaches. The exploration will include visits with people, organizations, or communities engaged in restorative justice.   

Live: What it Means to be Alive

This spring we will think about what it means to be alive, using biological, artistic, and other disciplinary lenses.We will explore life in the lab—whether testing environmental conditions on the development of a chrysalis or viewing cells under a microscope—and we will turn our scientific discoveries and personal reflections into art.  The Studio will include a trip to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to experience their walk-through heart and virtual reality exhibit. Our work together will culminate in the production of a virtual reality experience. It is our hope that scholars will complete the semester with a better sense of how to live their best life. 

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