Friday, January 12th from 6-9:30pm Saturday, January 13th from 8:30-6pm
Social media has revolutionized the way we experience ourselves and our perceptions of others, radically reorienting how we relate to each other and to ourselves. Amid such change emerges a quantified self: A self that is made of data. A self that is habituated and marketized. A self that is curated, self-conscious, and prone to impulse and reactivity. A self that demands closer examination in a time and space that demands authentic confrontation.
How do the new ways in which we make sense of ourselves, of what it means to be alive across multiple dimensions, shape our perceptions on scales from the personal to the political? Such inquiry is at the heart of this lab, which will ask you to bring critical consciousness and social justice to your reflections on social media.
Such exploration will involve the production of video projects that shed light on the intriguing ways with which social media ask us how to be, how to grow, how to stay, how to change. Together, we will learn how to shoot and edit videos (how to positively engage the technologies we carry in our pocket everyday) in ways that call for agency over habit, empathy over polarity, and action over apathy.
Tuesday, Jan 16th from 6-9pm Tuesday, Jan 23rd from 6-9pm Tuesday, Jan 30th from 6-9pm Tuesday, Feb 6th from 6-9pm
Do you ever find that the use of words alone isn’t enough to wrap your head around a new idea or a particular challenge that you’re up against? If so, then this lab is for you!
Throughout this four-session lab we’ll be exploring a skill call sketchnoting - a way of working with ideas that combines the use of handwritten words and hand-sketched visuals that can help you become a better learner, a better problem-solver, and a better storyteller. You’ll learn a variety of visual note-taking tools and processes as you discover the ones that resonate the most with your learning style and your personality, and then you’ll get to apply those skills toward whatever you’re most interested in learning and making. Each week you’ll get the opportunity to first build new skills and then immediately apply those skills to something that you’re working on for school, for your job, or even for a personal project that you’d like to make progress on. Join us to learn how to use the power of words and visuals together to ignite your creativity.
Wednesday, February 7th from 6:30-8:30pm Saturday, February 10th from 9-1pm Wednesday, February 14th from 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday, February 21st from 6:30-8:30pm Wednesday, February 28th from 6:30-8:30pm
We all use the modern toilet every day. And of course we know how it works — it flushes! OK. Describe what actually happens when you pull the lever... Perhaps you’re simply happy that it does flush. But what if you’re curious, and wonder “Hmmm ... now how does that actually work?” And perhaps, being curious, you wonder why other things work — roller coaster loops, great billiards shots, solar eclipses, audio speakers, free throws, toasters ... and so many other everyday things. We’ll examine things you’re intrigued by — touch them, ride them, throw them, film them, take them apart. then we’ll work to understand a bit of the physics behind them — concepts like velocity, energy, momentum, and wavelength.
We can’t, individually, know everything (or even all that much). But we can be curious about things (that we’d like to understand), and we can tap into the larger community around us to learn and explore. This Lab will provide a fun, hands-on experience with this lifelong skill through a focus on how everyday things work and the physics that lies behind them.
Privilege Oppression and Solidarity: Working Together for Change
With Katharine Sprecher
Tuesday, February 20th from 6:30-9pm Tuesday, February 27th from 6:30-9pm Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30-9pm Tuesday, March 13th from 6:30-9pm Tuesday, March 20th from 6:30-8:30pm
How do we work together for positive social change across differences marked by privilege and oppression? How do we unpack the myriad and often invisible ways systems of dominance infiltrate our realities and the ways we perceive and interact with our world? In what ways can we use our privileges to do ally work and our oppressed identities to offer powerful insights and peer support in particular activist spaces, as well as everyday interactions?
This Lab will allow students to explore diverse intersecting social identities in relation to privilege, oppression, and solidarity with emphases on 1.) relevant historical and socio-political contexts and 2.) developing solidarity across differences for collaborative social change activism. Through interactive, critical, and collaborative activities; students will analyze their own and others’ positionalities in a stratified society – and what this may mean for their own chosen forms of activism. While available to all levels, this lab will complement other Wayfinding social justice labs and adapt to the particular needs, knowledge, and contributions of the enrolled students.