The Media and Idea Lab
The Center’s Media and Idea Lab (MIL) consists of a series of courses and programs that employ media, particularly visual media, as a mode of inquiry. Key in this effort is the development of a “lab” environment in which students, faculty, and visitors can jointly participate in trying out ideas and creating knowledge communities through media. Students can also develop different types of projects, including curatorial, video, and web.
The MIL is a partnership with the Digital Humanities Center (DHC). The DHC provide space for postproduction, instruction on editing and related software and equipment. The DHC also serves as co-host for some public programming and provides space for meetings, screenings, and other activities. Presently, MIL’s components include student and faculty projects, public programming, and new courses.
The first completed project is Small City, Big Change, a video, and policy brief released in collaboration with Hispanics in Philanthropy today. The video shows how the Latino leadership of Chelsea, Massachusettss smallest city, proved to be decisive in the historical passing of the State’s Transgender Equal Rights Bill in 2012.
AlterNative Education is the subject of a CSER video-in-progress documenting their work as they examine reservation drop-out rates in the classroom, develop alternative curricula to increase retention, and create education opportunities in three New Mexico reservations. Read more
The Media Working Group is composed of eleven graduate students whose academic research may be portrayed using film, sound and/or performance, among other media. Read more
Gallery at the Center
Founded in 2012, Gallery at the Center’s mission is to show artistic and thematic exhibits around the Center’s key areas of interest, including immigration, citizenship, national formations, labor, public space, race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity.