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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. 

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 will interpret the theme of immigration/migration in light of the atomic age. By partnering with the Japanese Arts Foundation we will look at nuclear disasters and explore the ways in which human-made disasters dislocate and dehumanize large populations of humans. We will locate the narratives of the migrated other through literature, history, and art forms and employ ethical and philosophical theories to analyze systemic injustice and violence.

Team Midwest Human Rights Consortium

  • Maria Ferrera

    Mara Ferrera

  • Chi-Jang Yin

    Chi-Jang Yin

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

    Minal Giri

Honoring Immigrant Stories: Employing Media to Promote Human Rights. This course will engage students in understanding the experience of children and families seeking asylum in the US in the current sociopolitical climate. With the help of our community partner, the Midwest Human Rights Consortium, students will develop a critical, transdisciplinary understanding of the asylum process and create digital media deliverables (i.e., a website, short documentary films and audio stories) that promote human rights and social justice activism.

Team Su Casa

  • 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

    Karen Pallist

Publishing Immigrants’ Oral Histories: The Art of Listening & Telling. This course will work with the Su Casa Catholic Worker House to create, edit, and publish a digital anthology of oral histories of immigration and migration. Su Casa is an organization that provides transitional housing for families who have survived domestic violence. Students will gain awareness of the challenges faced by these families, as well as engage in the practice of collecting oral histories and preparing them for publication.