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HX 2021-2022

Annual Theme

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.

Read about our 2021-22 Student FellowsView the 2021-22 Course Showcases

Team Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

  • Amy Tyson

    Amy Tyson

      Associate Professor and Director, Professional History Internships
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  • Chris Green

    Chris Solis Green

    • Senior Professional Lecturer and Director of Writing and Publishing
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  • Karen Pallist

    Andrea Ortiz

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. 

Team Japanese Culture Center

  • Yuki Miyamoto

    Yuki Miyamoto

  • Kerry Ross

    Kerry Ross

    • Associate Professor and Undergraduate Director
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  • Saira Chambers

    Saira Chambers

Geographies of Displacement: Migration and Immigration in Atomic-Age Art. This course explores how people and communities affected by the trauma of migration, war, and discrimination in Japan and the United States communicate their experiences and negotiate their identity through art. The atomic age, beginning arguably with the inception of the Manhattan Project in 1942 through the present day, serves as a conceptual framework to address the structural issues of displacement, internment, and forced migration of Japanese colonized subjects. In collaboration with our community partner, the Japanese Arts Foundation, and their network of practicing artists, each student will create a unique floating lantern and related exhibition materials, which will be displayed in an exhibit at the end of the quarter and used in the inaugural Toro-Nagashi Floating Lantern Ceremony. This ceremony, to be held this summer at the Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago’s Jackson Park, commemorates the annual anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Team Midwest Human Rights Consortium

  • Maria Ferrera

    Maria Ferrera

  • Chi-Jang Yin

    Chi-Jang Yin

    • Associate Professor, Area Head of Media Art
  • Minal Giri

    Minal Giri

Children Seeking Asylum: Creating Digital Media to Support Human Rights. This course explores the experience of children and families seeking asylum in the US in the current sociopolitical climate, as well as how these experiences can be shared using the techniques of documentary filmmaking. Through discussions about critical and narrative texts and in conversation with professionals who work with individuals seeking asylum, you will develop an understanding of the asylum process and how asylum-seekers are represented in contemporary media and discourse. Additionally, you will conduct interviews with professionals working with asylum-seekers and, through the course’s instruction in video production, learn how to use this interview footage and other media to create short videos for outreach and education purposes. These videos will be integrated into the website of our community partner organization, the Midwest Human Rights Consortium (MHRC), a nonprofit that trains medical professionals to perform trauma-informed forensic evaluations for individuals seeking asylum. ​