NY6 Think Tank

What is the Student Fellows Program?

The Fellows Program offers students an opportunity to participate in the NY6Think Tank.

Students get to create and publish their own projects through multimedia outlets of their choice for which they will receive a stipend of $500.- (upon successful completion of the project). The program will run between February 10th and May 1st, 2015. Students will be supervised by the NY6Think Tank leader on their home campus.

What Is the Goal of the Fellows Program?

The goal of the program is to explore the surprising and often overlooked ways in which the Arts and Humanities play a part in the lives of today’s students. Fellows therefore get to express how students are reshaping, remixing, or reapplying the Arts and Humanities in new ways. They get to create projects that give shape to how students are using ideas, concepts, aspects derived from the Arts and Humanities to alter society, business, education, culture, politics, or other realms.

 

What Kind of a Project Can a Fellow Create?

A Fellow can decide to create a project of one or a combination of the following (equivalent to 50 hours of work):

Blogs / Short Essays / Interviews / Videos – vines, shorts, etc. / Infographs / Posters / Stickers or other materials / Instagram or Flickr Campaign / Video Games / Surveys / Cartoons / Songs / Documentary / Artwork / Designs / Installations / Digital Projects / Other

Who Is the Audience?

The audience for the above-mentioned products, might be one or more of the following:

Parents / High school students / High school guidance counselors / High school teachers / First year students at colleges / Potential employers / Alums / Local Businesses / Other

How Can You Reach These Audiences?

You can reach these audience through a variety of different outlets, including:

Social Media Platforms / School newspapers / Magazines, Newspapers, Public Libraries / NY6 Think Tank website / 4Humanities.org / The Arts and Humanities in the 21st Century Workplace / Other

What are the Arts & Humanities?

“The term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.”

~ National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act, 1965, as amended.”

“Humanities are the historic core of the liberal arts. Currently, they are the primary site within our academic structure for posing questions about meaning, value and ethics.

The humanities and the skills learned through their study are thus necessary for both personal and professional success. Scholars across the humanities explore issues of meaning in the broadest sense, from philology to metaphysics, from the meaning of words, images and objects to the meaning of life. We ask questions about literary, artistic, and other kinds of value: what they mean, as well as how they are represented and come to be accepted by individuals and communities. We ask questions about value itself, what it means, and how else it has been thought about and might be conceived. As the social expression of these concerns, the humanities also focus on ethics and the implications of various systems of meaning and value. In these ways the Humanities introduce students to global perspectives on human experience through a rigorous study of the world’s arts, cultures, and languages, and the diverse achievements of people who lived in other times and places.

In the broadest sense, then, the humanities ask questions about what it means to be human.

As a result, among other things, we consider again and again the meaning and value of great works of art and culture from the past. And this perspective enriches and informs our appreciation and understanding of our contemporary moment.

Abilities and habits of thought learned in the humanities are important not only in decisions of personal consequence. They are also necessary for professional success as crucial elements in business and leadership decisions. For the humanities cultivate abilities of critical judgment, empathy, discernment and ethical reasoning that must play a role in even the most practical of decisions.”
~ Hamilton College

“The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture. The humanities use methods that are primarily critical, or speculative, and have a significant historical element—as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural sciences. The humanities include ancient and modern languages, literature, philosophy, religion, and visual and performing arts such as music and theatre. Areas that are sometimes regarded as social sciences and sometimes as humanities include history, archaeology, anthropology, area studies, communication studies, classical studies, law, semiotics and linguistics.”
~ Wikipedia

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