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 only became more relevant in an era of pandemic-induced closed borders.
Students in the Geographies of Displacement course, working on Japanese paper-making with Saira Chambers of JAF.
Students and fellows of Sharing Their Stories, celebrating with donuts at the end of the quarter.
Students in the Children Seeking Asylum course videorecording an interview about the asylum-seeking process.
HX Student Fellows learning photography skills from professional photographer Vashon Jordan Jr.
The 2021-22 cohort of HumanitiesX fellows included three teams, each comprised of two faculty members from DePaul's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, a community partner from a Chicago-area nonprofit organization, and two Student Fellows.
Each team collaboratively developed a HumanitiesX course related to immigration and migration, offered to DePaul students in Spring Quarter 2022.
Sharing Their Stories: Latinx Immigrant Activist' Oral Histories. This course explored how to amplify immigrant stories to advance the goal of rights for the undocumented, in partnership with community partner Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC). BPNC is a community based, nonprofit organization serving a working-class neighborhood on Chicago's Southwest side, a predominantly Latinx and immigrant community. Students worked in small teams to interview directly-impacted community activists at the forefront of campaigns related to advancing the rights of undocumented immigrants in Illinois. Teams transcribed interviews according to oral history standards, and then worked to condense and edit them for publication in an online anthology for BPNC, with the goal of moving the needle on immigration reform and inspiring future activists through sharing these stories. Alongside this project-based work, students read and discussed novels, poems, and memoirs that focused on undocumented Latinx immigrants, as well as grappled with relevant histories. Visit the Course Showcase to learn more.