College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > About > Initiatives > HumanitiesX Collaborative > Fellowship Cohorts > HX 2021-2022
Each year, the
HumanitiesX Advisory Council selects a topical theme that is both timely and lends itself to humanities inquiry. In 2019, in the context of much public debate about the issue, the Council selected
Immigration and Migration as our inaugural theme. This issue has only become more relevant in an era of pandemic-induced closed borders.
The 2021-22 cohort of HumanitiesX fellows includes three teams, each comprised of two faculty members from DePaul's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and a community partner from a Chicago-area nonprofit organization. Each team will collaboratively develop a course on immigration and migration, which will be taught in Spring Quarter 2022. In January, each team was joined by two Student Fellows, who will assist with course development and deployment.
Publishing Immigrants’ Oral Histories: The Art of Listening & Telling. This course explores how to amplify immigrant stories to advance the goal of rights for the undocumented. We will do this in partnership with our community partner, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC), a community-based, nonprofit organization serving a working-class neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side, a predominantly Latinx and immigrant community. Students will be trained to gather, edit, and publish a digital anthology of oral histories from BPNC’s network of activists. Students will learn about the experiences of those working on the ground for immigrant rights and immigration reform, as well as engage in the practice of gathering oral histories and preparing them for publication. Alongside this project-based work, we will read and discuss literature about undocumented Latinx immigrants and grapple with relevant histories.