The Tome collaborative teaching platform offers a number of standardized features for collaborative pedagogy and scholarly writing, which include MLA/Chicago citations, galleries, maps, blogs, discussions, and annotations. Perfect for the classroom, Tome strategically builds on the Wordpress interface, an open-source platform with which many are already familiar, and further simplifies the dashboard in order to minimize the need for training new users. Designed for the impactful visual presentations of still and moving images, Tome allows for full-screen media presentations of galleries, videos, maps, and data visualizations.
In August 2015, a group of 38 students, professors, researchers, photographers, filmmakers, artists, and activists from 13 different countries boarded a bus in San Cristóbal de las Casas for a week-long trip across the southern Mexican state of Chiapas and the cities around it. The trip was part of a three-week course on “Art, Migration, and Human Rights,” offered by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics.
How Movement Makes Meaning (HMMM) was an intensive NYU Abu Dhabi 2018 J-term class on dramaturgy and dance. Theater Professor Debra Levine collaborated with choreographer Aakash Odedra during his residency at the Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi to create an opportunity for experiential learning. HMMM investigated the creative process of choreographing a work prompted by the current refugee crisis. Employing the techniques of dance dramaturgy, the course investigated how choreography creates meaning through bodies in motion, and discovered how a dramaturg can contribute to that process.
Emerging predominantly from Latin America, ‘decolonial’ studies call attention to the fact that coloniality is not only not over, not post, but that it permeates almost all aspects of our lives: subjectivity, race, gender, language, as well as our epistemologies and pedagogies. This course from 2019 examined some of the basic elements of coloniality and the theories and practices that scholars and artists have developed to contest ongoing practices of “epistemicide.”
This Tome book was part of the 2017 hybrid digital media course “Mapping Decolonial Aesthetic Practices,” co-taught by Professor Ana Paulina Lee and Digital Mapping Instructor Will Geary, in the Latin American and Iberian Cultures Department at Columbia University.