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Pandemic Pandemonium
We have all been stunned by the current pandemic and its consequences, but more so our students among us, who are filled with anxiety about the upcoming semester and academic year and whose anxiety the university is trying to mitigate.

The College of Humanities & the Arts proposes to engage students in a creative and analytical exercise. Anxiety creates fears and the best way to address one’s fears is by expressing them in a creative way, researching the causes, and by analyzing the language and the narratives that accompany such fears and guide one’s actions. Our Pandemic Pandemonium will do exactly that.

The Pandemic Pandemonium will be an exercise in releasing the artistic, creative and intellectual geniuses in our students to express their ideas, to create representations and analyses of this pandemic, to connect it with previous ones, and to visualize life under the threat of future recurrences.

Students will engage "Signature Assignments" created by faculty that respond to one of seven themes:

Health and Well-being
Environmental Impact of the pandemic
Borders and Borderlands
Social Justice
The Language of the pandemic
These Signature Assignments could lead to:

Artistic creations (paintings, sculptures, ceramic artworks, jewelry, digital media representations)
Artistic Expressions (poetry, short stories, multimedia creations)
Performances (musical compositions and reinterpretations, dance interpretations and choreographies, films, skits, and animated stories)
Analyses (research on the language, the narratives and the metaphors of pandemics, on media coverage, in English and other languages)
Interior and Industrial Design solutions for life in pandemics.
To motivate the Pandemic Pandemonium, the invitation to students to participate will be accompanied by a competition for prizes and a curated showcase of student work. A faculty committee will create selection criteria, review submissions, and choose the best for prizes!

Feb 19, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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