Picture: Student Panel, Conference "Posthumanism and Society" NYU-LS 2015
Students have successfully demonstrated their learning outside of the classroom as well.
"This course overall helped me evolve as a person" Anonymous, from the Student Evaluations
I thoroughly enjoy teaching not only for the extraordinary intellectual exchange with the students, but also for its political and social significance in making a change in this world. I constantly invite my students to present their works and ideas outside of the classroom as well.
For instance, since 2015 I have co-organized two international Conferences at NYU, entitled “Posthumanism and Society” (2015) and “Posthuman Futures” (2016). In both conferences, which were attended by scholars and experts coming from different countries, we also programmed panels, workshops and performances directed by students. Both events were endorsed by the Social Foundations Committee and received a budget by Liberal Studies.
The collaboration with many of my LS students is still flourishing, and we have an active student group which is planning to organize another Student Panel for the Fall 2017.
In this conference, ten of my LS students were featured in the program; other students were part of the Student Committee, which supervised the students' events, and a large number of students participated as audience members. In details:
Student Panel, Student Performances and Student Workshop
Saturday, April 23rd 2016 11:30-12:30 Introduction: Amber Chair: Jenny and Alexander
Presentations: (11:30-11:55): Jin Plastic Surgery in South Korea Luis and Jane Syrian Refugees: The Other Does Not Exist
Performances 5 Chabelly and Sonia Post-Latina
Workshop (11:55-12:30): Elizabeth, Caitlin, Khalei Near and Far Futures
NYU-LS 2015: International Conference "Posthumanism and Society"
Also in this conference, ten of my LS students were featured in the program; other students were part of the Student Committee, which supervised the students' events, and a large number of students participated as audience members. In details:
Student Panel, Student Performances and Student Screening Saturday, May 9th 2015 12:30-1:00
Posthuman Voices: Luis on Posthumanism and Language Louisa on Cosmic Identity Chabelly / Caitlin / Harin on Millennials, Social Media and Love Rahma on Environmentalism and Posthuman Futures Keran on Post-Dualism and Christianity
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch Student Performances:
Performance on Identity by Alessandro, Michele and Nia
4:00-4:30 Screening Colin Marchon “Our Transhuman Identity” (Documentary)
NYU-LS 2014: Booklet "The Future is Now: Maxims and Parables for Envisioning"
This Booklet is the result of the workshop, held during my Course on Ancient Philosophy "Social Foundations 1". This workshop (developed in 3 classes) was aimed at experiencing first hand the task of setting a document for posterity, a list of foundational maxims outlined for the evolution of a just and equal society (for more info on this workshop, click here).
The maxims are grouped into thematic sections focusing on education, social justice, beauty & individuality, and, finally, respect. From the Introduction (p.4):
"As we end our very first semester of our very first year at New York University, our Social Foundations I class attempted to carry out a vision that we see for a better future. Out of our inspiration and creativity, we have created a Book of Maxims and Parables (...). We spent an hour a day for three days in class of Workshop for this endeavor.
It was a joy and a pleasure to get to meet and know each and every single one of these intellectuals. We are a phenomenal class that will surely make the future brighter.
We would like to dedicate this booklet to Professor Francesca Ferrando. Thank you for all your hard work, inspiration, and creative energy. We truly appreciate your passion for us the students as well as for the pursuit of knowledge and wisdom."