How Extraordinary Partnerships with the Arts and Humanities
are Transforming America
~ a forthcoming edited volume ~
co-authored by Christine Henseler and Yasmine Van Wilt
Jenny Gottstein, Director of Games at The GoGame, a company that builds interactive experiences and high-tech adventures around the world, recently remarked that, "
Studying Arts & Humanities engenders a healthy sense of curiosity and wonder - not only with regards to how the world actually is, but how it might be. Some might call those who chose this path of study ‘dreamers’ but the truth is, they are ‘futurists.’ And having produced interactive games for thousands of companies around the world, I can tell you, the best ones are powered by futurists."
This edited volume seeks to shift national conversations about the crisis in the arts and humanities to one that bespeaks of rise and renaissance. Toward this goal, contributors are encouraged to portrait the “futurists” of our time, individuals, groups, organizations and businesses transforming the way we think, live, and work. The volume encourages portraits or case studies from any field, but especially from fields not traditionally associated with the arts and humanities like science and mathematics or business and athletics. Who are these individuals or groups who are reimagining our futures? How do they apply artistic or humanistic principles? And what perhaps surprising partnerships are allowing them to challenge assumptions, ask new or revised questions, disrupt old practices and ways of thinking, and create alternative paths, structures, and opportunities?
In this book, the voices of students, community members, educators, scholars, and professionals from all fields and disciplines enter into dialogue to showcase how deeply social and responsible transformations are being driven in partnership with the arts and humanities. This is an arts and humanities in which deep scholarly knowledge is put into practice not only to envision “how the world actually is, but how it might be.”