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Hackathon for the Humanities | Invisible Cities: 24-hour Student Design Challenge
NOW RESCHEDULED FOR MAY 7, 2021.

THIS EVENT IS POSTPONED IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE COLUMBIA GRADUATE STUDENT WORKERS' STRIKE.
As part of the Medical Humanities and Pandemic Urbanism series celebrating the launch of the Medical Humanities major at Columbia University, all undergraduate students at U.S. institutions are welcome to participate in this unique event.

Faculty Facilitators
Lan Li (Medical Humanities, Rice University)
Anthony Acciavatti (Architecture, Yale University)

Alumni Facilitators 
Malvika Jolly (GS'19)
Adam Lee John (GS'18)

The pandemic has put pressure on the form of the city – exposing racial and class inequities that have exacerbated the uneven effects of the virus – while at the same time offering unique opportunities to break with the past and imagine our world anew. Arundhati Roy writes that pandemics can serve as portals between one world and the next – gateways into imagining and conceptualizing new models of communal living. Fredric Jameson, in a review of Margaret Atwood, suggests a similar notion:  "[T]he post-catastrophe situation in reality constitutes the preparation for the emergence of Utopia itself." To explore these possibilities, we invite undergraduate students from across universities to participate in a virtual "Hackathon for the Humanities" taking place Friday, April 9 – Saturday, April 10, hosted by the Institute for Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Following this short workshop, participants will have 24 hours to explore a theme related to the urban landscape of the contemporary city and to devise a speculative alternative model for an imagined future city. Submissions across a variety of media are welcome – from written text to visual renderings, video, music, and others – and will be limited to a max length of two pages/two minutes.
Visit https://icls.columbia.edu/events/hackathon-24hr-design-challenge/ for more details

May 7, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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