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Course Grants

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The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (the Hive) supports competitive grant programs for infusing creative collaboration into courses at The Claremont Colleges. The Hive offers two types of course grants that are awarded annually:

  • Course activity grants
  • Course development grants

We award course activity grants for one academic year of up to $1000 to support activities by individual 7C full time faculty members and up to $3000 for interdisciplinary and ideally intercollegiate teams.

We also award course development grants of a $5000 stipend for interdisciplinary and ideally intercollegiate 7C full time faculty member teams to transform or develop a course or courses during one academic year that will be taught in the following academic year.

The Sontag Center also supports all grant recipients through non-monetary means such as space, staff time, design expertise, and help sharing the story of the course.

The course activity and development grant proposals are evaluated by:

  • Featuring experiential components of creating and making
  • Nurturing connections between colleges and is highly interdisciplinary
  • Encouraging collaboration among students and faculty
  • Presenting ambitious and ambiguous challenges
  • Providing learning experiences not possible in the current course design
  • Bringing in never-before-seen and breathtaking ideas
  • Incorporating human-centered design elements

We enthusiastically support proposals that seem risky and ideas that are developing. In our view, great learning experiences come from a process of experimentation, growing from successes and failures, and continuous improvement. We encourage you to pose questions, follow hunches, and engage in self-reflection throughout the grant experience.

Awarded Grants

Course Development Grants - Fall 2020

Fazia Aitel

Fely Catan

Annelle Curulla

Julin Everett

France Lemoine

Nathalie Rachlin

Marie-Denise Shelton

CMC, Pitzer, and Scripps

Francophone Studies

Introduction to Francophone Studies

In the past, faculty in Francophone Studies at Scripps, CMC, and Pitzer have shared their respective courses and students, forming an intercollegiate program in French. Now for the first time, this course will create a common course that all Francophone faculty will teach, one that is representative of the vibrancy and diversity, and one that is truly intercollegiate and interdisciplinary. The students will experience the panorama of faculty’s respective critical approaches and sub-disciplines (including literary studies, film and visual studies, post-colonial studies, gender, women’s, and sexuality studies, theater and performance studies), regions of study (the Caribbean, North America, Europe, North and West Africa), and historical breadth (the early modern period to today).

$5000

Anne Harley

Giovanni Ortega

Scripps and Pomona

Music and Theatre

THEA 51H: Theatre Performance and Pedagogy

MUS92: Voice for Musical Theatre

MUS170F/H: Voice

The performing arts have been brought to a crossroads by the COVID-19 pandemic. Art has an important function in a crisis: it must express and address contemporary issues and explore ideas that are most relevant to its contemporary moment, both in form and content. The collaboration and transforming of these three courses will generate performances that address society in its current state, using remote learning technologies. Six to eight selected advanced students in these courses will rehearse and perform their individual student-created libretti and commissioned musical pieces as part of their work for these courses, creating a staged livestream performance that can be delivered remotely, as a recorded video, or in-person, as the culminating project. Students and faculty will acquire skills that will facilitate a livestream of each student performance, managing production values of sound and camerawork remotely, building infrastructure and resilience for performing arts projects in the future.

$5000

 

Marcus Rodriguez

Kathleen Yep

Pitzer

Psychology and Asian American Studies

Psyc 193: Global Mental Health Seminar

This course introduces students to the key foundations, concepts, evidence, and applications of global mental health. The class will consider questions such as: What factors have historically caused and currently maintain the global mental health treatment gap? What efforts have been made to close this gap? What more can be done in the future? As the class explores answers to these questions, students will also consider how to effectively communicate these ideas to a broad audience in simple terms. Students will engage in their learning in a variety of ways throughout the course, including mindfulness practices, reading children’s books, student-led discussions, in-class writing and peer-review, writing a research paper, and drafting an original children’s book. The children’s book will be approached as a social act, as the students navigate between understanding, doing, and making.

$5000

Total Proposals Submitted = 7

Total Grants Awarded = 3

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 11

Total Development Grant Awards = $15,000

Course Activity Grants - Fall 2020

Tim Berg

Adam Davis

Pitzer and Scripps

Art

Inside the Artist’s Studio

The class will “travel” (via Zoom) to artists’ studios around the world, where each artist will do a formal presentation of their work or give a less formal tour of their studios and talk about work that is in progress. Each artist will also assign a reading and activity related to their work either before or after the “studio visit,” and the second class time of the week will be spent discussing this reading or the results of the activity. The course will seize this opportunity to make the most out of distance learning and the technology being used during this worldwide pandemic to meet an array of international artists and see inside their studio process.

$3000

Tarrah Krajnak

Pitzer

Studio Art

PZART017: Eco-Photography

The course will explore the limits of photographic materiality through experimentation with natural plant-based emulsions, sun exposure, contact printing, recycled materials, and organic paper making. In order to imagine a “no-waste” photographic future, the class will look to the early history of photography, eco-poetics, and eco-feminist theories. Students will be engaged in collaborative studio projects, as well as research, reading/discussion, group presentations, and a final group exhibition.

$1000

Joyce Lu

Kevin Williamson

Pomona and Scripps

Theatre and Dance

PO-THEA010: Devising Theatre

SC-DANC159 and 160: Dance Composition I and II

SC-DANC162A/B: Repertory and PO-DANC180/181: Dance Repertory (The Works, annual fall dance concert of student choreography)

Laboratories will be offered to students in both Theatre and Dance courses, along with student choreographers participating in The Works annual dance concert, to become equipped in the technological and virtual production of their own work. Regardless of whether learning happens face-to-face or through Zoom sessions, the ability to frame, light, and execute video-recording/capturing is integral to the telling of stories and assemblages across disciplines.

$3000

Jane Chang Mi

Scripps

Media Studies, Intercollegiate Media Studies

Introduction to Computational Media: Processing

This course will incorporate an added interdisciplinary element by focusing on botany, specifically, California native species, working with the John R. Rodman Arboretum at Pitzer College and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, as well as, California invasive plant specialist, Pascual Baudur, who facilitates hands-on workshops in wildcrafted fermentation. To initiate students to the elements of code, they will make an invasive soda, collecting invasive species from the environment to make kombucha. Following a recipe illustrates how code (or a set of directions) has variables that can create diverse and endless possibilities and numerous chances for creativity. The final assignment will utilize image processing, where students will create an image-based algorithm that animates native plants. Plants are constantly on the move, but their movements are on a different scale then humans, so their changes are rarely captured. If on campus, students will visit the John R. Rodman Arboretum at Pitzer College to create their own images of native plants; however, if teaching is online, students will be sent native species plant kits to grow their own subjects.

$1000

Prageeta Sharma

Pomona

English

Course 150: Visual Poetics: Exploring the Kinship Between Poetry and Art

This course will explore the rich and overlapping ways to read poetry and examine visual, performative, intermedial, artist’s, and textual poetics. The class will examine how the term poetics derives from “poiesis,” or “active making,” and how both art making and poetry writing create textual and visual phenomenon. The class will read poetry, discuss artworks and installations, make poetry and artist books, visit local galleries and museums, and meet with poets and artists who collaborate on art projects that push the boundaries of art and text. This class will facilitate three writing and visual-art-oriented prompts connecting creative writing to social practice art making.

$1000

Robert Sirvent

Pomona

Politics

POLI189: The Cultural Politics of Dinosaurs: Race, Capitalism, and the End of the World

What are the ethical implications of “discovering” dinosaur fossils on stolen Indigenous land? What can the comic book Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur teach us about Black representation? How have “philanthro-capitalists” used dinosaurs to promote the ideology of American exceptionalism? Are natural history museums anti-Black? This seminar draws on the fields of Black feminism, decolonial thought, political anthropology, and queer theory to examine our culture’s fascination with dinosaurs. In the process, students will examine what dinosaurs can teach us about humans, non-humans, post-humans, extinction, and the end of the world. Students will visit the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, where they will take a tour and engage in a dinosaur illustration workshop with the scientific illustrator at the museum’s Dinosaur Institute. Students will be learning critical approaches to paleontology and natural history museums, but more importantly, seeing how dinosaurs are assembled, displayed, and illustrated – and how these articulations both shape and reflect popular understandings of dinosaurs, and why dinosaurs have captured so many of our imaginations.

$1000

Kathy Yep

Pitzer

Asian American Studies

ASAM88: The Social Theory of Thích Nhất Hạnh

This course uses art and popular education to explore Thích Nhất Hạnh’s Engaged Buddhist framing of interbeing in contrast to anthropocentric views of the earth and beings. The class will be listening to and collaborating with Southeast Asian communities impacted by the use of the state to imprison and deport Southeast Asian immigrants to explore the presence of interbeing and anthropocentrism in daily lives. The students and community partners will create wearable and usable art depicting interbeing and anthropocentric frameworks, working with artivist and popular educator, Gwyn Kirk, a textile artist and scholar-activist concerned with genuine security and a sustainable world. Gwyn Kirk will coach the class and community partners on moving from the interbeing and anthropocentric view to art-based and creative visual representations.

$760

Total Proposals Submitted = 9

Total Grants Awarded = 7

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 10

Total Grant Awards = $10,760

Course Development Grants - Fall 2019

Jessie Mills

Marcus Rodriguez

Pomona and Pitzer

Theatre and Psychology

Mindfulness and Play: An Inside-Out Course

Examine how mindfulness (rooted in psychology and cognition) and play (rooted in theatre and ensemble games) co-mingle, interact, and intersect. Students will study the key foundations, concepts, and practices of mindfulness and play, then develop mindfulness practices in performance and theatricalize the concept of mindfulness, culminating in an original, collaborative production.

$5000

Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld

Jessica McCoy

Pomona and Pitzer

English and Studio Art

Ovidian Figures

Take up Ovid’s Metamorphoses’s iterative, almost compulsive, attempt to capture the very moment at which one body ceases to be itself by transforming into something else. The course will ask: How does one body, one constellation of matter, assume another shape? What is the relation of the human body to the plants and animals and minerals that it can become? These questions will be answered both verbally and visually by a literary critic, who specializes in poetry and poetic theory and a painter, who specializes in figure drawing; requiring students to both analyze and create, write and draw, describe and make.

$5000

Dwight Whitaker

Victoria Lobis

Krysten Cunningham

Pomona College and Claremont McKenna

Physics and History

Optics and Dutch Visual Art of the 16th and 17th Century

Develop a team-taught art history, science, and studio art class that focuses on 16th-17th century Dutch painting through hands-on, experiential learning, exploring the role of optics in painting through building and using optical devices such as the camera lucida and camera obscura. Students will share their expertise such that the artist and art historian will learn the formal theory of optics and optical devices, while students with a science background will grapple with the challenge of putting these theories into practice and appreciate what it means to make art.

$5000

Total Proposals Submitted = 4

Total Grants Awarded = 3

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 6

Total Development Grant Awards = $15,000

Course Activity Grants - Fall 2019

Arianna Alfaro

Pitzer

Modern Languages Literature and Cultures

SPAN 104: Public Health in Latin America

Pitzer

Introduce students to the basic issues confronting the public health of marginalized populations in Latin America and their lack of access to health care. Throughout the history of this geographical region, health and disease have transcended biological categories and have been analyzed within broader discussions about racial discrimination, gender inequalities, immigration-emigration, and military conflicts. This course focuses on populations-at-risk such as indigenous people, afro descendants, women, LGBTI, emigrants-immigrants, and displaced people from the continent. Students will go to the Mexican border and will accompany Grupo Beta in their route in the desert rescuing migrants in bad health conditions and performing other provided services. While at the border, students will create short videos, participate in a local radio news program, and present their experience and the need to raise awareness about this issue in the border communities’ local newspapers.

$1000

Rachel Mayeri

Wallace “Marty” Meyer

Harvey Mudd and Pomona

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts and Biology and Bernard Field Station

Art179F: Art and Biology

Survey and discuss cutting-edge art-science theories, practices, practitioners, and institutions in seminar; and in studio, explore art and life science in hands-on experiments, leading to finished projects. Students will share and employ their own knowledge and skills in art, science, and technology. Biology’s ideas, images, and methods are a treasure trove for contemporary art. Beneath the surface, biology has radically shifted concepts of self, nature, and society, and contemporary artists are often inspired to address genes, evolution, cognition, behavior, and new technologies that modify human reproduction, health, and the environment.

$3000

Total Proposals Submitted = 3

Total Grants Awarded = 2

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 3

Total Activity Grant Awards = $4000

Course Activity Grants - Spring 2019

Tim Berg

Adrian Pantoja

Pitzer

Art and Political Studies

[No course number yet]: The Surfboard as Art and Culture

Students will study the designs and materials used to make surfboards and become familiar with surfboards and wave-riding, as well as research the history of surfing, from ancient Hawaiians to the contemporary era. Students will come to understand how the shape and size of a surfboard corresponds with wave breaks, heights, riding styles, and surf conditions. Each student will design, shape, and select materials for their surfboard, and test the functionality of their work in different surf breaks and surfing conditions.

$3000

Sumita Pahwa

Mietek Boduszynski

Scripps and Pomona

Politics

Poli 167: The Arab Spring and the Remaking of the Middle East

Students will self-select into five groups, each of which will carry out a unique, creative, experiential activity that aims to build understanding of how Arab citizens from various walks of life have experienced the period since the revolutionary events of 2011. The group activities will consist of plays; dramatic readings; media archives, social media, and citizen journalism; music; and graffiti and visual culture.

$500

Lara Deeb

Scripps

Anthropology

Core 2: Walls, Borders, Fences

Students explore the relationships between social, spatial, and political divisions in several different historical and geographic contexts, including the United States, Palestine/Israel, and South Africa. Students will focus primarily on processes of ongoing settler-colonialism, incarceration, anti-immigration policies and rhetoric, and state-sponsored or sanctioned violence in border zones. The class will meet in the Hive, where the space, staff, and Hive materials will serve as a catalyst to creating the final class project.

$400

Janice Hudgings

Pomona, Draper Center, and Fremont Academy for Engineering and Design

Physics and Astronomy

Physics 128CP: Electronics with Laboratory

Students in this class will partner with the Fremont Academy of Engineering and Design’s Fremont Femineers, 32, 10th – 12th grade girls, who are aspiring engineers. The students will work together to design and implement a creative electronics engineering project focusing on wearable electronics.

$3000

Dwight Whitaker

Sandeep Mukherjee

Victoria Lobis

Pomona and CMC

Physics

Physics 155: Experimental Optics

Students will learn a technique called Tim’s Vermirror, which is based on an activity introduced in the film, “Tim’s Vermeer,” a documentary in which the protagonist sets out to paint an exact replica of a Vermeer painting using a particular mirrored device. Tim’s hypothesis is that Vermeer (as well as a few other Renaissance artists) used such optical instruments to aid in painting their masterpieces. This existing, hands-on technique is not recognized within traditional art history, nor is it used in studio art classes. Physics students will benefit from the art experience, painting students will benefit from exposure to the optics equipment and aid in their color matching aptitudes, and the art appreciation class will benefit from actually experiencing a studio art activity – like the Physics students – while also being exposed to new, cutting-edge, art historical perspectives about famous masterpieces.

$2000

Total Proposals Submitted = 12

Total Grants Awarded = 6

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 11

Total Grant Awards = $11,900

Course Development Grants - Fall 2018

Aimee Bahng

Guillermo Douglass-Jaimes

Pomona

Environmental Analysis and Gender and Women’s Studies

Fully integrated EA/GWS lab-collective with a robust component of public outreach and community engagement by providing students who share an interest in feminist, anti- racist organizing and a deep commitment to environmental justice with a course where those efforts could dovetail in productive ways to promote collaborative and interdisciplinary cross-germination.

$5000

Maryan Soliman

Laura Harris

Scripps and Pitzer

Africana Studies and English and World Literature

Africana Studies Journal and New Media

Establish an Africana Studies journal to showcase the scholarship of undergraduates working in the field. The journal may include blogs and podcasts in addition to traditional article formats. Advancing practices of Black feminist theory, the journal encourages contributions that include authorial experience and positionality.

$5000

Andrew Vosko

Anne Harley

Teresa Spezio

CGU, Scripps, and Pitzer

Transdisciplinary Studies, Music, and Environmental Analysis

Sustainability Re-examined: Creativity and Academic Exploration

Bring together a riot of students from different backgrounds with faculty from the neurosciences, environmental sciences, and performing arts to creatively imagine the look, feel, sound and smell of a more sustainable world. Together, use science, performance, and history to better understand and imagine the world and its future. All course participants, including faculty and guests, will be co-learners in this environment, creating a different awareness around sustainability as well as new tools to advance the field.

$5000

Total Proposals Submitted = 4

Total Grants Awarded = 3

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 7

Total Grant Awards = $15,000

Course Activity Grants - Fall 2018

Arianna Alfaro

Pitzer

SPAN 104: Modern Languages Literature and Cultures

“Encuentros Virtuales Sobre Salud (EVSS)” (Health Virtual Encounters) students will perform a series of conversations/interviews by Skype during the semester that will engage them in productive conversations about topics on public health in Latin America.

$1000

Ambereen Dadabhoy

HMC

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

Lit 179AA: Pop Up Shakespeare

Students get the opportunity to experiment with Shakespeare in performance. The class will initially meet weekly to develop a theme or “argument,” for the production and for casting purposes, but then students will develop the show in small groups in meetings throughout the semester. The day of the “pop up” performance, there will be a full rehearsal and then a full production performance of the show that evening, using a versatile and portable set created by students.

$1000

Ethel Jorge

Pitzer

Modern Languages Literatures and Cultures

Spanish 187

Two consecutive visits to Self Help Graphic Center in Boyle Heights, which has been celebrating El Dia de los Muertos since 1940, and is an iconic center for Latino popular culture in Los Angeles. On the first visit students will familiarize themselves with the Center and participate in some of the workshops that they offer, as well as be prepared to provide help with and participate during the celebration; the second visit will be a whole day in celebration of El Dia de los Muertos.

$550

Jen Scanlon

Pomona and Pitzer

PE/Athletics

PE 115W PO-01

The Pomona-Pitzer Women’s Soccer team wants to develop a program focused on team building, interpersonal communication, identity development, leadership development, and shared responsibility to create a positive, powerful culture of engagement and success as competitive college student-athletes. Using the book, “Designing Your Life” and its related materials, putting own spin on that framework, with two new angles: “Designing your PPWS Life” and “Designing Our Team.”

$1000

Erich Steinman

Pitzer

Sociology

Soc 75

Introduce students to four activities, which will be led by qualified individuals from the Tongva, Cahuilla, and/or Southern California Indigenous communities:

Planting, preparing, and consuming traditional Tongva foods
Learning about Southern California Native’s women’s basketmaking traditions and doing basketmaking with Lori Sisquoc, Curator/Culture Traditions Leader
Going on a hike of nearby Azusa Canyon led by Tongva knowledge-holder, Kevin Nunez
Participating in one or more sessions of “Indigenous Games” facilitated by Hector Pacheco
$650

Hovig Tchalian

CGU

Drucker School of Management

MGT 353: 7 Steps to Startup: Generating Transformative Innovation

A fast-start approach to taking a startup from concept to launch. An initial idea will be submitted for launching a transformative innovation and follow a method to moving it substantially closer to launch. The idea can be built around either a commercial or social innovation with impact. The course will take place at the Hive and make substantial use of the maker space, so students may build product prototypes and test hypotheses.

$1000

Dwight Whitaker

Pomona

Physics

Physics 155: Experimental Optics

Explore Anamorphosis in painting in collaboration with Los Angeles based artist, Krysten Cunningham. Anamorphosis is a technique that uses extreme perspective to render objects that are only recognizable from severely oblique angles.

$1000

Total Proposals Submitted = 10

Total Grants Awarded = 7

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 7

Total Grant Awards = $6200

Course Development Grants - Spring 2018

Jeffrey D. Groves

Char Miller

Harvey Mudd and Pomona

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts; and Environmental Analysis

Building Los Angeles

Explore the complex network of urban communities in which we live in order to think deeply about the relationship of the built to the natural environment

$5000

Total Proposals Submitted = 2

Total Grants Awarded = 1

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 2

Total Grant Awards = $5000

Course Activity Grants - Spring 2018

Martha Bárcenas-Mooradian

Scripps

Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean Literatures and Cultures

Spanish 100: Sciences and Cultural Competence

Students and active community members of CLEAR (women leader activists, entrepreneurs, and revolutionaries) connect, reflect, and exchange thoughts about topics included in the course

$700

Tim Berg

Pitzer

Art Field Group

ART 109: Adobe and Brick Oven Construction

Design, build, and deploy a mobile brick oven for use at the Huerta del Valle’s cooperative garden

$1000

Suchi Branfman

Scripps, Pitzer, San Francisco State, and California Rehabilitation Center (CRC)

Dance and International/Intercultural Studies

IIS 045-PZ-1

Held inside the CRC, ten Claremont Colleges and ten incarcerated students move together and create dance and performance based on what is happening in the world around them

$2645

Susan Castagnetto

Nancy Neiman Auerbach

Zayn Kassam

Scripps and Pomona

Politics, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Politics 135: Political Economy of Food

Philosophy 39: Women, Crime and Punishment

Religious Studies 155: Religion, Ethics and Social Practice

Napier Initiative courses that enable Pilgrim Place and other community elders to participate in 5C courses and collaborate with 5C students; collaboration across courses that enable intergenerational learning

$1500

Piya Chatterjee

Scripps

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies

FGSS 192: Anti-Racist Feminist and Queer Praxis: Theory, Ethics and Social Action

Explore the shifting, open, and curious questions around theory and practice by examining what it means to do ethical research, altruism, the non-profit industrial complex, and the solidarities across the faultlines of power and privilege

$700

Anne Harley

Nathalie Rachlin

Chuck Kamm

Marc De Los Huertos

Scripps and Pomona

Music, French, Choirs Joint Music, Environmental Analysis

Cambodian artists, composer Chinary Ung, filmmaker Rithy Panh, and composer Bosba Panh, attempt to lay the ground for the rebirth of Cambodian music and cinema destroyed by genocide and war, as a way of healing the wounds of the past

$1500

Janice Hudgings

Pomona, Draper Center, and the Fremont Academy for Engineering and Design

Physics and Astronomy

Physics 128CP: Electronics with Laboratory

Support community partnership by working with Femineers (Fremont Academy for Engineering and Design Latina students) and design and build electronic-enabled built-from-scratch Lego bricks that can be interfaced with Arduinos for additional functionality

$3000

Juliet Koss

Larissa Rudova

Anne Dwyer

Scripps and Pomona

Art History, Studio Art, and Media Studies at Scripps; German and Russian at Pomona

SC ARHI 180R: Russian and Soviet Avant-Gardes (Koss)

SC ARHI 186K: Models, Monuments, and Miniatures (Koss)

PO RUSS 182: Post-Soviet Russian Culture and Society (Rudova)

PO RUSS 2: Elementary Russian (Dwyer)

SC ART 100: Studio Art: Theory, History, Practice (Nakaue)

SC ART 100A: Introduction to Studio Art (Nakaue)

SC ART 181M: Feminist Concepts & Strategies in Studio Art & Media Studies (Macko)

SC MS 130: New Media Research Studio (Wing)

Bring Russian artist and film director Evgeny Mitta to the Claremont Colleges for three events connected to art, politics, music, and activism

$750

Debra Mashek

HMC

Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts

Psyc 179: Intellectual Virtues

Cultivate the habits of heart and mind necessary for constructive engagement across different viewpoints; design strategies to depolarize campuses through a capstone project

$1000

Gilda L. Ochoa

Pomona

Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies

CHST 130: (Re)Claiming Voices and Sharing Stories in Chicana/o-Latina/o Communities

Complete oral histories and collectively build spaces to publically share stories and the lessons learned from reading recent Chicana and Latina books and testimonials

$800

Teresa Sabol Spezio

Pitzer and Pomona

Environmental Analysis

EA 10: Introduction to Environmental Analysis

Analyze environmental issues through the lens of the sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities; then work together to create an art piece that communicates and educates the public about the effects of climate change

$125

Ruti Talmor

Harmony O’Rourke

Pitzer

Media Studies and History

HIST 140 PZ: Contemporary Africa: Digital Archives of Recent Pasts

Bring Sarah Khan, digital humanities scholar/artist/activist, to the Claremont Colleges to facilitate an experiential learning workshop for students, who will learn and practice essential skills for their class projects

$1100

Dwight Whitaker

Pomona

Physics

PHY 165: Physical Hydrodynamic

Apply the intuition students develop about surface tension and fluid flows to make suminagashi, the Japanese art of paper marbling through the transfer of dyes floating on water

$600

Total Proposals Submitted = 18

Total Grants Awarded = 13

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 21

Total Grant Awards = $15,420

Course Development Grants - Fall 2017

Christy Spackman

Harvey Mudd

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts & Biology

STS 179G: Microbiome and Fermentation

Growing microbial companion species and thinking about our relationship to microbial life (cheese, kombucha, kimchi)

$2500

Kara Wittman

Carolyn Ratteray

Pomona, 5C

English, Writing Program and Theater and Dance

Relationship between written and spoken word, performing on paper and  out loud, a sentence and an utterance

$5000

Total Proposals Submitted = 8

Total Grants Awarded = 3

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 7

Total Grant Awards = $12,500

Course Activity Grants - Fall 2017

Arianna Alfaro

Pitzer

Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

SPAN045 PZ-01: Public Health in Latin America

Visiting a Mexico border city and conducting interviews about public health

$1000

Juanita Aristizábal

Norman Valencia

Pitzer and CMC

Intercollegiate Portuguese Program

PORT1, PORT33, PORT35, PORT100

Portuguese and Brazilian Music Workshops

$2500

Madelynn Dickerson

Ashley Sanders

Lydia Bello

Margaret Hogarth

Mariam Salloum

CUC, CGU, and CMC

Claremont Colleges Library, Digital Research Studio, Computer Science

CSCI 181: Big Data Platforms/Applications

Manage and process Big Data; build infrastructure to analyze and communicate library’s datasets

$1300

Marino Forlino

Esther Hernandez

Scripps and CMC

Italian and Modern Languages and Literatures

ITAL 142: Il Decameron: Tradizioni, Traduzioni, e Tradimenti

Produce and perform four engaging tales from the Decameron as a play

$2700

Rachel Levy

Krysten Cunningham

Harvey Mudd

Mathematics

Math 49: Fluidity (Frosh Elective)

Krysten Cunningham visiting artist, mathematical properties of fluids

$1000

Erich Steinman

Joyce Lu

Scott Scoggins

Pitzer and Pomona

Sociology, Theatre, Community Engagement Center, The Draper Center

Sociology PZ-74: Indigenous Educational Access and Mentorship

Theatre 001G: Basic Acting – Acting for Social Change

Construct a California “Blanket Exercise” as holistic/experiential approach to teaching historical facts missing from mainstream education

$2525

Carlin Wing

Scripps

Intercollegiate Media Studies

MS57: Introduction to Game Design

Workshop: Clipping, Ripping, Hacking, Burning: Super Mario as a Medium for Making Art

$1000

Carlin Wing

Scripps

Intercollegiate Media Studies

CORE003 SC-19: Bodies in Motion: Representation and Simulation

Workshop with artist on Action Coding: What if computer coding was an embodied and visible practice?

$1000

Total Proposals Submitted = 14

Total Grants Awarded = 8

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 16

Total Grant Awards = $13,025

Course Activity Grants - Spring 2017

Arianna Alfaro

Pitzer

Modern Languages, Literature and Cultures

SPAN022 PZ-01: Intensive Introductory Spanish, grammar, communication and culture

Latin American culture through dance

$1000

David Bachman

Pitzer

Mathematics

Math 145B: Geometric Modeling

Math through 3D printing

$1000

Susan Castagnetto

Pomona

Philosophy

Phil 46: Feminism and Science

Elder population as a social resource; collaborative learning between elders and undergraduates; developing intergenerational interactions

$1000

Sarah Gilbert, Assistant Professor of Art

Alexandra Chappell, Librarian

Madelynn Dickerson, Librarian

Pitzer and Honnold/Mudd Library

Art

PZ Art 176: Materiality, Craft and Labor

Design and build interactive art installation that makes digital library resources tangible; inspired by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

$3000

Tessa Hicks Peterson

Susan Phillips

Lourdes Arguelles

Pitzer and CGU

Urban Studies, Environmental Analysis and Educational Studies

ONT 105, ONT 101

Long-term partnering with the Ontario Program; off-campus community involvement in health, action research and social change, and food justice

$3000

Lance Neckar

Tanja Srebotnjak

Hal VanRyswyk

Pitzer, Harvey Mudd, and Pomona

Environmental Analysis (EA), Hixon Center for Sustainable Design, Chemistry

EA 134, EA 34

Build a full-scale bioswale

$1000

Gibb Schreffler

Pomona

Music

PO MUS 74

Sing sea chanties on traditional ship

$1000

Christy Spackman

Marianne de Laet

Harvey Mudd

Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

HSA 10: Critical Inquiry, STS 179F

Wonderful world of trash; scratch and sniff sensory monitoring tool; field trip to the solid and water waste facility; workshop at Hive on sensorial mapping

$3000

Tanja Srebotnjak, Hixon Associate Professor for Sustainable Environmental Design

Warren Roberts, GIS Support Specialist

Harvey Mudd and Honnold/Mudd Library

Spatial Statistics, GIS

MATH 161

Foundations and theory of spatial statistics with hands-on practice of GIS (using GPS tools)

$1716

Kehaulani Vaughn

Pomona

Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies

ASAM 111

Pacific Islander tapa cloth making, song and dance, lei making, food gathering and cooking

$1000

Kathy Yep

Pitzer

Asian American Studies

ASAM84: Nonviolent Social Change

Field trip to Highlander Center Summit; grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the South

$1000

Phil Zuckerman

Jessica McCoy

Pitzer

Sociology, Art

SOC/ART 92

Graphic novels that focus on aspects of contemporary social life

$2955

Total Proposals Submitted = 15

Total Grants Awarded = 12

Total Faculty and Staff Awarded = 21

Total Grant Awards = $20,671

Artist-in-Residence Grant - Spring 2017

Krysten Cunningham

Independent artist

Pop-ups:

Light, Color and Perception

Psychology and Color

Neuroscience and Perception

Nonlinear Geometry and Textiles

How to visualize Einstein’s Theories of Relativity

$11500