EVENTS
 
Humanities Action Lab: Translocal Learning Studio (TLS)

Spring 2021

HAL’s Translocal Learning Studio (TLS) is a virtual studio for developing and expanding accountable, transformative, and community-centered learning practices that activate history and memory for justice-centered movements and mutual aid in the current moment. This studio is “translocal,” a core tenet of HAL that honors the unique circumstances, autonomy, and tools of hyperlocal organizing and supports building reciprocal learning relationships between these localities across the world. 

 

In the TLS, participants engage as both teachers and learners to collaboratively experiment with exercises, workshops, readings/media, and other forms that challenge what teaching and practicing justice-centered public history can and should be. The “course” includes structures for intentional, reciprocal mentoring to facilitate a lasting learning community. It will generate community curated resources and model practices collaboratively designed by members, which will shape how TLS develops each year. 

Spring TLS Sessions:

TLS Session 1--Mutual Mentorship: April 1, 1:30-3pm EST

TLS Session 2--Mutual Aid Storytelling: April 8, 1:30-3pm EST

TLS Session 3--Transforming Learning Spaces: April 22, 1:30-3pm EST

Fall 2020

The Humanities Action Lab opened a virtual studio for developing and expanding anti-racist, decolonial, and community-centered learning practices that activate history and memory for justice-centered movements and mutual aid in the current moment. This studio is “translocal,” a core tenet of HAL that honors the unique circumstances, autonomy, and tools of hyperlocal organizing and supports building reciprocal learning relationships between these localities across the world. The pilot “course” for Fall 2020 consisted of 6-8 online modular sessions and included undergraduate/graduate students, members of community organizations, and faculty from HAL’s 20+ partner communities. Participants engaged as both teachers and learners, to collaboratively experiment with exercises, workshops, readings/media, and other forms that challenge what teaching and practicing justice-centered public history can and should be. Click to learn more and view full schedule.

Fall TLS Sessions:

TLS Session 1: October 15, 2020

TLS Session 2: October 29, 2020

TLS Session 3: November 12, 2020

TLS Session 4: December 3, 2020

TLS Session 5: December 17, 2020

You can find the video recordings of our first session, second session, and third session.

Climates of Inequality and COVID: Stories from Frontline Communities

Summer 2020

The Humanities Action Lab invited all of its partners—students, frontline organizers, community members, exhibit hosts, faculty, etc.—to contribute to a collective mass-listening project designed to record the impacts of COVID-19 on frontline communities. Summer Storytelling events were held online throughout the summer. 

Summer Storytelling Sessions:

Session 1: Storytelling Today; June 25, 2020

Session 2: Storytelling Today; July 9, 2020

Session 3: Reimagining Our Learning and Teaching; July 30, 2020

Session 4: Storytelling and Media Making; August 20, 2020

Session 5: Exhibitions & Public Programs; September 17, 2020

HAL International Launch Convening

October 30 - November 1, 2019

Why does the past matter for the future of climate change? Leading advocates, scholars, and students from over 20 cities joined together to launch a memory movement for climate justice. These are the creators of Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice, a multi-media installation created through collaborations between universities and frontline communities from Newark to New Orleans.  Read more

HAL International Convening

November 1-3, 2018

HAL's university and community partners came together with Newark community members and environmental justice issue experts to plan HAL's next project on climate and environmental justice.  Read more

 
HAL International Convening

October 18-21, 2017

HAL's university and community partners, along with leading scholars, activists, and organizers in criminal justice and climate justice, came together to reflect on HAL's most recent project, States of Incarceration, and strategize for the next initiative.  Read more

PRESS
CLIMATES OF INEQUALITY
The Minnesota Daily | Bell Museum Opens New Environmental Justice Exhibit
March 14, 2021

Accordian-style panels fill up one of the gallery exhibition rooms at the Bell Museum near the University of Minnesota campus. Each panel is colored brightly to set them apart and labeled with a place: Providence, Rhode Island; Greensboro and Princevill, North Carolina; Twin Cities, Minnesota. Opening at the Bell Museum on March 12, "Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice" will stay until May 16, when it will be folded up and transported to its next location.  Read More

UPRM English Department | UPRM students make their mark on the HAL Translocal Learning Studio
November 27, 2020

The English department would like to congratulate students Brenda Y. Flores and Bryan Ramos on being named Student fellows in the HAL Translocal Learning Studio. This is a project that discusses and develops decolonial and anti-racist practices in education both on and off-campus with a focus on community partnerships and public humanities. Read More 

Read more press on Climates of Inequality
 

STATES OF INCARCERATION
Mountain Lake PBS | States of Incarceration

March 2, 2020

A national exhibit at SUNY Plattsburgh explores mass incarceration across America.

The States of Incarceration exhibit includes research by SUNY Plattsburgh students who focus on the effectiveness of prison education programs behind bars. The exhibit is in the Burke Gallery at the Plattsburgh State Art Museum, and open from Noon to 4pm, Monday through Sunday, through March 13th. Read More

Read more press on States of Incarceration
GUANTÁNAMO PUBLIC MEMORY PROJECT
The Guardian | Destroying the notorious Camp X-Ray at Guantánamo is a huge mistake

March 12, 2018

The Pentagon this week announced it will tear down Camp X-Ray, the first temporary facility at Guantánamo where “enemy combatants” were imprisoned in 2002. Despite a US federal court’s preservation order, the Pentagon argued it did not need to preserve the physical site because the FBI has created a 3D digital reconstruction. Read More

 
Read more press on the Guantánamo Public Memory Project

HAL COALITION
Rutgers University-Newark News | Mellon Foundation Awards $500K to HAL to Use Public Humanities and Engagement to Confront COVID

June 29, 2020

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), headquartered at Rutgers University–Newark, a $500,000 grant over three years to establish and support Climates of Inequality and the COVID Crisis: Building Leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This national initiative comprises a cohort of minority-serving colleges and universities charged with confronting COVID, and its racially disproportionate impacts, through public humanities and public engagement. Read More

Rutgers University-Newark Newsroom | International Coalition to Meet at Rutgers-Newark to Address Global Climate and Environmental Justice

October 25, 2018

From November 1-3, the Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of universities, issue organizations, and public spaces led by Rutgers University-Newark, will bring together scholars and activists from 23 cities to Newark to develop an international initiative on climate and environmental justice. To be created by over 600 students and people from front-line communities across the country and around the world, the initiative will include a traveling installation and digital platform featuring stories of climate and environmental (in)justice by and from each of the participating communities. Read More

The New School | The New School’s Liz Ševčenko Awarded Rome Prize for Work on Preserving Sites of Trauma

May 11, 2017

For 20 years, Liz Ševčenko has been working to preserve sites impacted by trauma or struggle. As founding director
of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience (ICSC) a group that grew to include more than 250 such sites in 50 countries, she helped to conduct workshops, trainings, and consultations with everyone from national governments
saving secret detention centers in Latin America to grassroots groups marking lynching sites in Louisiana. Read More

Rutgers University-Newark Newsroom | The Humanities Action Lab Awarded $310,000 Grant by National Endowment for the Humanities

May 1, 2017

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $310,000 grant to the Humanities Action Lab (HAL),
a coalition of 20 universities, including Rutgers University-Newark (RU-N), collaborating to produce student- and
community-curated public projects on pressing social issues. Read More

The New School | Mellon Foundation Awards $150,000 Grant To The New School's Humanities Action Lab

September 19, 2016

The New School has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Humanities Action Lab (HAL),

a coalition of 20 colleges and universities collaborating to produce student- and community-curated public projects around pressing social issues. Read More

UCR Today | Coalition of Universities Nets $250,000 NEH Grant

February 25, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $250,000 grant to The New School’s Humanities Action
Lab
(HAL), a coalition of 20 universities that includes the University of California, Riverside, collaborating to produce

student- and community-curated public projects on pressing social issues. Read More

UMass Amherst News | UMass Amherst Public History Program is Part of Coalition to Receive $250,000 NEH Grant for Major Study of U.S. Incarceration

February 24, 2016

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), a coalition of 20 universities including the University of Massachusetts and its
Public History Program, has received a $250,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support “States of Incarceration,” a traveling exhibit, web platform and series of curricula focusing on mass incarceration. Read More

IUPUI News | IUPUI to share in $250K NEH award

January 28, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $250,000 grant to The New School’s Humanities Action
Lab
, a coalition of 20 universities, including Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, collaborating to produce

student- and community-curated public projects on pressing social issues.​ Read More

UNO | National Endowment for the Humanities Gives $250,000 Grant to Coalition That Includes UNO

January 22, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced a $250,000 grant to The New School’s Humanities
Action Lab
(HAL), a coalition of 20 universities, including the University of New Orleans, collaborating to produce
student- and community-curated public projects on pressing social issues. Read More

The New School | The New School’s Humanities Action Lab Awarded $250,000 Grant by National Endowment for the Humanities

January 7, 2016

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $250,000 grant to The New School’s Humanities Action
Lab
(HAL), a coalition of 20 universities collaborating to produce student- and community-curated public projects
around pressing social issues. Read More

UMass Amherst | Grant Boosts UMass Amherst Public History Program in Nationwide Partnership Focusing on Crime, Punishment and Mass Incarceration

August 5, 2015

The Humanities Action Lab (HAL), part of a 20-campus coalition formed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst and
its public history program, is receiving a $150,000 grant from the Whiting Foundation to fund HAL’s “Global Dialogues on Incarceration” project. Read More

The New School | Humanities Action Lab Awarded $150,000 Grant by Whiting Foundation

July 1, 2015

The Whiting Foundation has announced a $150,000 grant to The New School’s Humanities Action Lab (HAL), an

interdisciplinary hub that brings together 20 universities from across the country with global partners and community organizations to foster public engagement on urgent social problems. Read More

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