H&A in Action believes in engaging students in experiential learning to involve students with actively contested questions, empirical observation, cutting-edge technologies, and the sense of excitement that comes from working to answer important questions. Engaged public programming, engaged research, engaged teaching, and outreach all offer an opportunity for first generation college students in this minority-serving institution to participate in:
- integrated programming that offers a range of storytelling projects across the humanities while building a rich map of Silicon Valley’s layered and complex stories and experiences during the pandemic;
- curriculum that supports digital humanities projects that invite public participation; and
- research projects that offer an intervention of the current technology sector’s power and provide goals and set standards for human-centered technology. (See Values & Mission)
We invite all faculty to collaborate with faculty coordinators and integrate their public programming, events, workshops, performances, and discussions into their courses. To see the current year's list of upcoming events with faculty coordinators' email addresses, check our Current Events or Reports and Publications. For examples of interesting collaborations, see our Stories of Engagement.
As events are added to the SJSU Calendar, they will appear on our Current Events listing.
We offer help for integrating these events into your courses by offering a variety of assignments that faculty can easily revise, remix, or reuse for their own courses.
- Potential Innovative Assignments for revising, remixing, reusing
- Sustainable Futures assignments stored in ScholarWorks
- Pandemic Pandemonium assignments stored in ScholarWorks
- Search Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities for assignment prompts
Integrating this programming into a course doesn't have to be a high stakes assignment and can be more than attendance at an event. For instance, student engagement could be in the form of a shared socially annotated reading. Or capturing and curating interviews in an archive. Or through oral and digital storytelling like the San Jose Storymap or the mapping of San Jose public art in the Heart of the Valley and San Jose Murals & Street Art. Or creating a walking tour like the Public Art as Resistance Walking Tour. Or creating a Podcasting for Public Engagement to provide background for a musical, dance, or theatrical event.
If you would like to brainstorm on how to create active engagement for your students in which they are creating the knowledge that supports an event, please contact Katherine D. Harris, Director of Public Programming (email | open office hours).