All resources in NHC Graduate Student Residencies

Analyzing Objects through a Sociological and Women’s and Gender Studies Perspective

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Students will employ their sociological imaginations, which connects individual lived experiences to larger societal forces, to think about how all objects (and people) are entangled in a historical, cultural, and social context with a specific focus on gender. This activity will “make the familiar strange” for students, whereby they will start to think about the importance of interactional and structural forces influence our daily lives. 

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Teaching/Learning Strategy

Author: NHC Education

Constructing Landscapes in a Caribbean Context

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Through this lesson, students will be able to identify how the formal elements of various documents produce representations of the Caribbean as a complex and layered space impacted by slavery, industry, agriculture, and colonial and touristic desire. They will be able to describe the differences between textual and visual representations of landscape and articulate how form impacts content. Building on an understanding of the multiplicity of ways the same space can be represented, they will also be able to critically interrogate the rhetoric of representative media.

Material Type: Activity/Lab, Assessment, Lecture Notes, Lesson Plan, Primary Source

Authors: Natalie Catasús, NHC Education

First Archival Visit

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"Certainly a moment that stands out among the rest happened when I was twelve years old. It was the summer of 2002 and I was home with my Mom and my younger sister. We lived in a rural part of southern Ohio and we were between visits to Winters Public Library so naturally I was bored out of my mind—the kind of boredom I find myself longing for now. I am certain that I spent the morning begging my Mom to take me to the public library again—though I know that we had already been that week."

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Mary Wise

Giving Value and Thought to the Imaginary

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" . . . my reason for studying those really stems back to a book that I read when I was a little kid. And that book is Roxaboxen. I first started reading Roxaboxen when I was about four years old. The book is about a group of kids in the Depression era who find a bunch of boxes, sticks, and rocks in the desert and use it to create their own imaginary town. And this town has all kinds of rules and processes for dealing with conflict."

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Katelyn Campbell

What About the Jesus Movement?

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"My humanities moment came with my conversion from Islam to Christianity. It opened a wide world for me and enabled me to see that my new faith was distinct, but shared some of its humanistic values which we find in religious traditions around the world. I began to see areas of difference and convergence with my African roots, my former religious community, Islam and decided that I will do graduate work in the human sciences."

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Azizou Atte-oudeyi

Be What You Want to Be

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In this audio recording, graduate student Jingyi Li describes how a late twentieth-century academic study of the book in Japan upended her expectations by rejecting the Eurocentric and Orientalist bias of many comparable scholarly works. Her experience with this text inspired her to move beyond her own linguistic insecurities and to continue with her research on premodern Japan.

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Jingyi Li

Votes for Women at Mystic Seaport

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"I met Louisa at Mystic Seaport- an outdoor museum in Connecticut. I first met her when I was watching a cooking demonstration in a historic house. Louisa came by and chatted with the cooking demonstrator. Before she left, she invited everyone to join her at the Seamen’s Friends building at 2:00. When she flitted away, the demonstrator said to us conspiratorially, “Louisa is such a nice woman. But be careful, I hear she advocates for women’s suffrage.”

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Katie Schinabeck

The Power of Oral History

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"I think I’ve always been an oral historian, but I didn’t always know to call myself one. When I was a young kid, I used to spend countless evening hours bombarding my father—always at the end of his long workdays—with questions about his life in India. He was the only person in my family who was born and raised there. He and my American-born mother decided that life would be easier for my siblings and I if we grew up learning and speaking English alone, and as such, our knowledge of Punjabi was reflected through a scattered and very limited vocabulary. There was a clear cultural gap between my father and his children. My ethnic identity was tied to a place that he had called home for the first twenty-six years of his life, the same place in which I had spent perhaps less than twenty-six days up until my twenties. I wanted to know more about my dad, his life before he had kids, and the part of my own history that remained unknown to me. So I asked him questions…ad nauseam."

Material Type: Lecture Notes

Author: Kiran Garcha

Humanities Moments

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From an academic standpoint, the humanities include the study of history, philosophy and religion, modern and ancient languages and literatures, fine and performing arts, media and cultural studies, and other fields. Humanities research adds to our knowledge of the world, as scholars investigate differences between cultures and communities around the world and across time, consider the ways art is made and received, or unveil the undercurrents that have shaped history. Humanities education encourages students to think creatively and critically, to reason, and ask questions. And, as the humanities offer insight into nearly every aspect of life, they have been considered a core element of a well-rounded education since ancient times. Put simply, the humanities help us understand and interpret the human experience, as individuals and societies. By illustrating the importance of the humanities for people from all walks of life, the project seeks to reimagine the way we think and talk about the humanities. By highlighting their transformative power, the Humanities Moments project illuminates how our encounters with the humanities fuel the process of discovery, encourage us to think and feel more deeply, and provide the means to solve problems as individuals and as a society.

Material Type: Activity/Lab

Author: National Humanities Center

My Humanities Moment: Judy Chicago's "The Dinner Party"

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When I walked into Judy Chicago’s "The Dinner Party" installation on the fourth floor of the Brooklyn Museum three years ago, I burst into tears almost immediately. It felt like something holy. The delicate casts of light and shadow on the well-lit table against the dark, solemn walls invite contemplation, a tender encounter. The question the installation asks is as resonant now as it was in 1979 when Judy Chicago completed it: do women have a seat at the table? 

Material Type: Reading

Author: Kirstin Wagner

Latcho Drom: Profound History and Human Emotions in Flamenco Music

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My humanities moment began when I was in my first year of undergraduate studies. In hopes of learning more about my ancestors and understanding them in order to make sense of my present-day self and family history, I took Spanish literature courses so that I could dig deeper into the minds of Spanish authors such as Federico Garcia Lorca and learn more about the historical contexts of his work. In trying to understand gypsy culture in Southern Spain and why  gypsies to this day are not welcome in mainstream society, I came across a film called ‘Latcho Drom’ which forever changed my understanding of the profound ways in which Spanish gypsies use Flamenco song and dance as an art form to reflect their day to day lives as outcasts.

Material Type: Homework/Assignment

Author: Emilia Gracia

U.S. Agency for International Development

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For over 50 years, USAID’s global health programs have saved lives, protected people most vulnerable to disease, and promoted the stability of communities and nations, while advancing American security and prosperity. America is safer and stronger when people can live healthy and productive lives and when nations around the world are self-reliant and resilient.

Material Type: Data Set, Reading

Author: USAID

Global Health Estimates

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WHO’s Global Health Estimates (GHE) provide the latest available data on death and disability globally, by region and country, and by age, sex and cause. The latest updates include global, regional and country trends from 2000 to 2019 inclusive. By providing key insights on mortality and morbidity trends, these estimates are a powerful tool to support informed decision-making on health policy and resource allocation.

Material Type: Data Set

Author: World Health Organization (WHO)