Humanities Labs 2019-2020

Great Expectations, Prof. Rima Basu 

When Mulan reflects on how she'll never be the perfect bride or the perfect daughter, we recognize that pain. We are surrounded, constantly, by other people's expectations of how we should behave and who we should be. On the one hand, it seems we have to make assumptions about others. For example, the social sciences rely on statistical analyses of classes of people. On the other hand, we recognize that pain Mulan identifies when we’re reduced to who we are expected to be because of protected characteristics that are outside of our control rather than who we in fact are. Together we'll meet and discuss various academic texts, books, and films about expectations, stereotyping, and the assumptions we make about others so that all participants have a common foundation from which to build their own individual and/or collaborative projects. As the topic is extremely personal, it will be up to each participant to decide how, and with whom, they want to explore the questions that emerge from this dilemma about expectation and identity and what format suits their exploration the best.

Ajitha Anand ’22

Katherine Almendarez ’22

Raj Bhutoria ’22

Jefferson Chang ’22

Sophie Grossman ’23

Sabrina Hartono ’21

Anne Jang ’21

Nirel JonesMitchell ’20

Gayle Lee ’20

Jack Stern ’23

Tiffany Teng ’21

Imagining Los Angeles, Prof. Kevin Moffett

Imagining Los Angeles will offer students a chance to think critically and creatively about Los Angeles as a place, a factory for its own myth-making, a compelling intersection of cultures, a harbinger of the future. We’ll read some of the literature set there, watch a few of the many films with the city as a backdrop, and explore it as a group with an eye toward narrowing your research to a person, a neighborhood, an idea, all the while speculating on the future of Los Angeles and imagining creative solutions to current problems. Your research will culminate in a creative project, the scope, structure, and format of which will be up to you. Collaboration will be encouraged, as well as novel forms: short films, podcasts, photo-essays. The nature of the lab will be experimental and will ideally give you a chance to approach your interests and obsessions in ways you’ve not yet had a chance to.

Axel Ahdritz ’22

Miles Bernhard ’21

Mariela Centeno ’23

Nate Coffin ’22

David Gushue ’22

Alex Karasinski ’22

Hunter Kettering ’20

Amanda Mell ’20

Angel Ornelas ’21

Rachel Podl ’22

Reilly Scott ’22

Ahnaf Taha ’22

Research Assistants 2019-20

Sophie Gitlin ’22 (working with Professor Dustin Locke)

Emma Kresch ’22 (working with Professor Dustin Locke)

Anthony Madubuonwu ’22 (working with Professor Derik Smith)

Nick Sage ’20 (working with Professor Jonathan Petrpoulos)

Dri Tattersfield ’21 (working with Professor Amy Kind)