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Initiatives Archive

Fall 2019 to Spring 2021
Monica Trinidad, Abolition Now, micropen and paper, 2015                   Abolition examines the multiple, convergent forms of power in the at times intersectional areas of prisons, police, immigrant justice, gendered and sexual violence, environmental justice, disability justice, indigenous sovereignty and more, in order to propose an abolitionist democratic present and future. Professors Toby Beauchamp (Gender and Women’s Studies) and Naomi Paik (Asian American Studies) have been appointed CAS Resident Associates for AY2019-21 in charge of this initiative which includes a public events…
Fall 2021 to Spring 2022
In lieu of Resident Associates, CAS Director May Berenbaum and Deputy Director Masumi Iriye will oversee this new initiative featuring UI faculty as well as invited guests. The year 2020 was one of overlapping crises—of a global nature, including the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccine hesitancy, climate change, and immigration; of national impact, such as election security, policing, racism, and revisionist educational standards; and even of very localized concern blown entirely out of proportion to the potential for damage ("murder hornets"). All these crises are to some degree a manifestation of…
Fall 2012-Spring 2013
The Internet is home to a panoply of varieties of human interaction. Social media, interactive games, telepresence, online environments, and simple text e-mails now mediate our normal experiences of education, medicine, politics, business, sociality, collective action, and more. As the Internet has become an infrastructure for social life and society itself, our ability to measure and represent that society is also transforming.  In this cross-disciplinary university-wide speaker series and affiliated graduate seminar we will investigate the rise of “culture as data:” that is, the use of…
Fall 2013-Spring 2014
This initiative is an ongoing project pursuing interdisciplinary scholarship in the humanities and law.  We take as our focus the frictions obtaining among multiplicities of justice, including issues of social order and state power, terrorism and ultranationalism, sustainability and economic development, and medical law and ethics.  We explore the vexed history of applying international law principles developed in the West; the imposition of ideas of personhood through biomedical ethics and law; inter-state collaboration and conflict in defining terrorism; cultural approaches to financial…
This interdisciplinary initiative is coordinated by Janet Smarr, Program in Comparative Literature and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. Running for ten consecutive Wednesdays, this series addresses how computer technologies are affecting the way we think about the arts. Supported by:  Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology and Center for Advanced Study in conjunction with: College of Fine and Applied Arts Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO), Department of Computer Science, Department of Educational Psychology, Department of English, Creative…