Humanities for Our Times

Our Project

Humanities for Our Times: From Epistemologies and Methodologies to Liberatory Creative Practices and Social Justice 

Upcoming Events

Course Development Grant Proposals (Proposals due by April 21. This is the third and final round of funding)
Application Form 

Creative Processes Development Series #1: Social Justice, Art, Ethics, and Technology (Fall semester 2022 & Spring semester 2023)

  • Cultivating the Creative Classroom. Do you ever wonder how to quickly build a sense of community? or encourage intellectual risk-taking? Would you like to deepen students’ investment in course content? 

    In this workshop, Jane Hilberry, Professor of Creativity & Innovation, will offer a variety of methods for promoting students’ innate creativity, with an emphasis on practices that build community.  As well as inviting students to think in novel ways, take productive risks, and engage deeply with course material, these practices also serve to promote inclusivity and student well-being.  The last segment will be devoted to crowd-sourcing participants’ ideas for cultivating creative classrooms.  
    Refreshments will be served. 

    Sponsored by the Mellon Humanities for All Time initiative and Creativity & Innovation

    When:  3:30-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8
    Where:  Creativity & Innovation Building, 232 E. Cache la Poudre (corner of Cache and Weber)

  • Mapping Black Europe. Natasha Kelly and Olive Vassell, co-editors of the Black European Academic Network, will speak about their new edited collection, Mapping Black Europe (2023, Columbia UP). Black communities have been making major contributions to Europe's social and cultural life and landscapes for centuries. However, their achievements largely remain unrecognized by the dominant societies, as their perspectives are excluded from traditional modes of marking public memory. For the first time in European history, leading Black scholars and activists examine this issue - with first-hand knowledge of the eight European capitals in which they live. Highlighting existing monuments, memorials, and urban markers they discuss collective narratives, outline community action, and introduce people and places relevant to Black European history, which continues to be obscured today. Co-sponsored by German Studies and European Studies.

    When: Tuesday, March 21 at 4:00pm
    Where: Max Kade Theater (third floor of Armstrong Hall)

    Spring semester: Workshops with and/or performances by Norah Zuniga-Shaw (Professor of Dance, Ohio State University), Bryan Au Yong (Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, University of San Francisco), and André Zachery (Artistic Director of Renegade Performance Group based in Brooklyn).

Reflective Luncheons (beginning Spring semester 2023
This spring, we will host informal luncheons for faculty who have received Course Development Grants to gather and discuss the process of creating their new courses. Each luncheon will have a focus, including assignments/in-class activities, readings/course materials, and grading/assessment. The upcoming luncheons will take place on March 17, April 5, and May 11 at 12:15 in the Tim Fuller Event Space on the second floor of Tutt Library. Please RSVP to

Academic Conference
Humanities for Our Times: New Perspectives on Humanistic Approaches, Ethics, and Social Change

This conference will take place on the CC campus from June 14-17, 2023. Mark your calendars now!

More information will be posted soon 

Retreat for Grant Recipients and Organizers
“Beyond Antiracist Pedagogies: Reframing the Relationship Between Humanities Methods in the Classroom and Social Justice” (summer 2023)

More information will be posted soon 

Creative Processes Development Series #2: Investigations of Creativity Towards Inclusivity (Fall semester 2023)
More information will be posted soon 

Student Social Justice Project Grant Proposals (beginning Spring 2023)
More information will be posted soon

Past Events

Equity and Power Summer Seminar #1: Foundational Texts of New Humanistic Traditions and Approaches, June 1 - June 16, 2022
Sign up here by Friday, May 6

This non-hierarchical seminar will provide a venue for reading, reflecting on, and discussing some of the most important scholarly and creative texts of the last 150 years, all of which represent and give voice to historically marginalized and silenced perspectives. Readings will focus on anti-oppressive interrogations of humanities traditions, with an emphasis on antiracism, and discussions will focus on the past and present influence of these texts on various humanities disciplines, theories, and methods. Participating faculty will receive stipends of $1000 and physical or digital copies of all the books on the syllabus.

The first seminar will begin on June 1 and end on June 16. There are four ways to participate:

      1. Attend bi-weekly, in-person meetings on campus from 10:00-2:30, which will include catered breakfast and lunch (child- and eldercare also available at $150/day). 
      2. Zoom in to these meetings from wherever you are and however long you’re able. 
      3. Read on your own and participate in an online discussion (text and/or video, concurrent with the seminar dates or on your own timeline). 
      4. Form a reading group with colleagues and meet on your own timeline, about once every other block, in AY 2022-2023 (we will cover lunch or dinner for each meeting).  

Those participating in the synchronous, hybrid-format meetings on campus will decide collectively how to focus our attention, and those choosing other pathways can decide for themselves how best to work through the readings.

Equity and Power Summer Seminar #2: Opening New Doors in Humanities Disciplines (August 2 – August 18, 2022)
Sign up here by July 6


October 19 2022 (last Wednesday of Block 2)
    • : Community-oriented faculty workshop with Brandon Shimoda and traci kato-kiriyama. The workshop will use kato-kiriyama’s recent book
Navigating With(out) Instruments
    • (2021, Writ Large Press) as a framework for creative/intellectual work. All workshop participants will receive a copy of the book, and refreshments will be on hand.
Please register using this link
    • by
Friday, October 7
    • so we can order enough books.

Block 3 2022
    • The first of four workshops co-hosted by Creativity and Innovation at CC is on
Wednesday, November 9 from 3:00-4:30 in the C&I building
    • on the NW corner of Cache La Poudre and Weber.  The theme of this workshop is “
Visual Notebooks.
    • ” Questions addressed in the workshop include: How can visual notebooks work to decolonize higher education? How does reflection and mark-making create an inclusive space where students feel comfortable using their own languages (linguistic, metaphorical, and symbolic) and modes of learning? How can notetaking uncover tacit knowledge to increase nuanced understandings of complex issues? Participants will receive a visual notebook to keep and the chance to explore a few exercises used in this program.  Facilitated by Kris Stanec and Jane Hilberry. Refreshments served. Limited to 25 participants. Please RSVP to

Future C&I workshop themes will include  “Mindfulness for Creativity,” “Embodied Practices,” and "Cultivating a Creative Classroom."

Block 4 2022
    • : Screening of
Coded Bias
    • (2020) by Shalini Kantayya, which will include a discussion with the filmmaker. Synopsis: “Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biased against? When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that many facial recognition technologies do not accurately detect darker-skinned faces or classify the faces of women, she delves into an investigation of widespread bias in algorithms. As it turns out, artificial intelligence is not neutral, and women are leading the charge to ensure our civil rights are protected.” Please reach out if you would like to arrange for your class or research students to meet with the filmmaker, Shalini Kantayya.


Course Development Grant Recipients

Congratulations to the following CC faculty, who have received Mellon Course Development Grants to design these exciting new courses:

      • Amanda Minervini, "Fighting For Liberation: Black Voices in Italian Culture"
      • Ángela Castro, "Afro-Latin American Culture and Literature"
      • Arom Choi & Baran Germen, "Genre & Filmmaking: Realism"
      • Cayce Hughes & Florencia Rojo, "Emancipatory Sociology"
      • Chet Lisiecki, "Queer Germany"
      • Danielle Sanchez, "Graphic Histories: Reading and Crafting Reflections on the Past"
      • Guanyi Yang, "Economics of Inequality"
      • Iddo Aharony, "Engaged Music Creation"
      • Jake Organ, "Economic Thought: Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy"
      • Jake P. Smith, "Haunted Landscapes: History, Memory, and the Built Environment"
      • Jean Lee, "Sustainable Development: Global to Local"
      • John Riker, "Power and Equity"
      • Kris Stanec, "Power of the Arts"
      • Mike Taber, "Integrative STEM Education: Promoting Inclusion and Equity"
      • Najnin Islam, "Plantation Afterlives"
      • Naomi Wood, "Queer Latinoamérica"
      • Pamela Reeves, "Jews, Christians, and Christian Anti-Judaism"
      • Rebecca Tucker, "Museum Practicum"
      • Rushaan Kumar, "Sex Cultures, Sexual Politics"
      • Ryan Banagale, "Performance and Performing"
      • Sanjaya Thakur, "Roman Sports and Entertainment"
      • Scott Krzych, "Racial Capitalism in U.S. Film and Media--1970 to Present"
      • Shawn Womack, "Practicing Togetherness: Building Community through the Arts and Creative Action"
      • William Davis, "Equity and Power in the Mediterranean World"
      • Baran Germen, "Third Cinema and Its Afterlives"
      • John Marquez, "Archives and Counterarchives: The Politics of Historical Knowledge"
      • Natanya Ann Pulley, "Rhizomatic Storytelling"
      • Genevieve Love, "Shakespeare and Social Justice" (200-level, no prereqs)
      • Mike Angstadt, "Law for the Earth"
      • Jane Murphy, "Islamic Cities"
      • Dylan Nelson, "Film Manifestoes/Filmmaking"
      • Aaron Stoller, "Curriculum Theories"
      • Andreea Marinescu, "The Idea of Latin America"

Key Team Members

    • Claire Oberon Garcia, Professor of English (Principal Investigator)
    • Chet Lisiecki, Assistant Professor German Studies (Project Coordinator)
    • Nene Ndiaye Diop, Assistant Professor of French
    • Steve Hayward, Professor of English & Director of the Journalism Institute
    • Jameel Paulin, Assistant Professor of Art
    • Natanya Pulley, Assistant Professor of English & Creative Writing
    • Kris Stanec, Senior Lecturer in Education & Faculty Fellow in Creativity and Innovation
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