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Previous and In-Progress Courses

Humanity in Perspective - Spring 2024
Yesterday Was the Future: Modern Art, Afrofuturism, and AI

April 1 to June 3, 2024
3 Credits (Bard College)
In person at Oregon Humanities’ downtown office

Instructors: Rozzell Medina, Christopher Ian Foster

This free, three-credit course begins with a focus on Dada and Surrealism, important modern art movements that emerged from the tragedy and injustice of World War I. These creative movements demanded that people reconsider the very nature of reality, consciousness, power, experience, and the definition of art.
Exploring connections between creative movements after Dada and Surrealism, including Situationism and Afrofuturism, we will learn about ways in which they changed and even revolutionized various aspects of art and society. We will pay close attention to the often overlooked contributions of women to the Dada and Surrealist movements, including Hannah Höch and Leonora Carrington. We will also learn about the deep importance of women to Afrofuturist creativity and philosophy.
In addition to looking at art, reading essays and literature, listening to music, having conversations, and watching films, we will play games and work on projects created and informed by the people who shaped these creative movements.
Finally, we will investigate connections between the creative movements we are studying to AI (artificial intelligence) and even collaborate with this technology to co-create a publication inspired by the movements we are studying. This course includes field trips to the Movie Madness miniplex, the Hollywood Theatre, and Portland State University.

Humanity in Perspective – Winter 2024
Worlds Within Words: A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Multimedia Memoir
January 15 to March 16, 2024
3 Credits (Bard College)
online via Zoom

Instructors: Rozzell Medina, Manya Yana, Eben Pindyck, and Chelsea Querner

A memoir is a personal narrative, told from the perspective of the author, about an important part of their life. This free, for-credit course explores the vast, rewarding potential of this expressive storytelling form. Discover different approaches to creating and sharing personal narratives with guidance from experienced instructors, accomplished writers, and even a publisher. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of short memoirs from across cultures and generations to inspire your own storytelling. Uncover possibilities for crafting and publishing personal narratives, whether it be through the written word, spoken expression, or visual storytelling. Everyone who completes the course will create at least one memoir piece, regardless of whether you think you have a story to tell, and even if you think you "don't know how to write."

This course is offered in partnership with Portland State University College of Liberal Arts and SciencesThe Clemente Course in the Humanities, Bard College, and Write Around Portland.


Humanity in Perspective — Fall 2023

October 16 to December 18, 2023
3 credits (Bard College)
online via Zoom

Instructor: Rozzell Medina

During the past sixty years, many artists have moved away from treating audiences purely as spectators. Now, they use creativity to engage individuals and communities as active participants and even collaborators. In addition to revolutionizing contemporary art, this has revealed new possibilities for artists to create in ways that affect not only the art world, but education, protest, work, and other aspects of daily life. 

In this free, for-credit college course, we will learn about this movement towards art and social cooperation through readings, discussions, diverse media, and creative projects. We will also examine social movements and important people who shaped these artistic advancements, exploring some very influential texts of the 20th century by MLK, Paulo Freire, Antonin Artaud, and others. 

In addition to learning more about the world in which we live, we will apply what we learn by exploring possibilities and expanding definitions for working creatively in our own communities. 

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  • Childcare reimbursements
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