‘Minds: Natural and Artificial’
Description: Can robots, films, and emotions really uncover how the mind works? What about artificial minds? In this course, we will explore how robotics, psychology and film studies understand the mind and conceptualize the ambiguity of natural minds and artificial intelligence. While humans and robots “like” predictability we will explore how autonomous systems and humans learn to live with ambivalence.
Spanish/Cultural History+Community Writing+Digital Storytelling
Description: How do activists see past their own blind spots to identify the need for social change? How do people decide how things should change? And how do they put their ideas into action, especially the kinds of actions that mobilize others to work together for shared ends? In this course, students will answer these questions by studying activism through methods of inquiry that include the cultural historian's study of artifacts and representations of embodied acts and interview-focused case-based research common in many fields including writing studies.