“An opportunity to join in with the current colouring trend and apply your colouring skills to images from our collections. We’ve provided a colouring book to get you started, but feel free to use our online resources to find your own. Don’t forget to share your final product on social media with the hashtag #ColorOurCollections!
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For some reason, we think that poetry is this thing you do on the side, once you get your math done or your science done. Same thing with writing or any of the things we call “the arts” – there’s this idea that they’re just an elective, they’re just decoration, and they have nothing to do with our survival … or why we can stand to be here.
That’s the reason I’ve made it to 53 – because of finding these things that poetry or painting or place contain. That’s the stuff of mental health, and we ignore it at our peril.
subjects. It’s tempting to think that the best way to learn something well
is to sit down and concentrate on that topic for as long as you can, but
research shows that mixing topics is a better bet. The interleaving forces
students to notice and process the similarities and differences among the thing
they’re learning, giving them a deeper understanding.
Testing can be a useful tool to help you learn. Decades of research shows that
making yourself recall information helps strengthen your long term memory.
Space your study
sessions. Lots of research shows that spacing out your study sessions over
a longer period of time improves long term memory. As the APA website says, “In other words, if you have 12 hours to spend on
a subject, it’s better to study it for three hours each week for four weeks
than to cram all 12 hours into week four.”
Remember the hindsight bias. Seeing the answer to a question makes you think
you knew it all along. The solution is to cover the textbook and test yourself,
rather than simply reading everything. This avoids the issue of reading,
thinking its common sense and not studying as much as you should.
Remember the over confidence effect. Give yourself the opportunity to over learn.
Spend time reviewing material, even if you think you already know it. With each
time that you review, try to make new connections to previous things you have
learned; don’t just memorise passively.
Apply concepts to your life. If you can apply the concepts you are learning
to your life, you are much more likely to remember them. Try to think of examples
that illustrate theories of ideas, especially a theory that you’re struggling
with. For example, when learning about the bystander effect, think of a
situation you were in when a large group of people stood by and did not help
someone in need.
Study for recall not recognition. When you take an exam, you are recalling
information, but when you are taking a multiple choice test, you are
recognising information. Most people study differently for these different
exams, focusing on recognition for multiple choice tests. But, if the answers
are all made to look familiar, then recognising the information won’t work.
Study for recall! You should be able to know the answer without a prompt.
Use flashcards. Subjects like Psychology include a lot of
terms/dates/key words that seem impossible to memorise. Even the names of some
disorders can cause a serious loss of memory! Flashcards are a great
help for storing key terms and definitions which will help you improve your memory.
Study in a group. This will allow you to begin discussions with peers and
teachers and share study resources which help to maintain a high level
of motivation. In addition, study groups will prevent you from wasting time.
Connect and develop ideas. In some cases, it’s not necessary to memorise
a large catalogue of notes on a topic. Instead, it’s best to establish a connection
between the facts. The events should follow a logical order to
help you understand and memorise them, so the use of mind maps can be quite
We live in a world increasingly dominated by science. And that’s fine. I became a science writer because I think science is the most exciting, dynamic, consequential part of human culture, and I wanted to be a part of that. Also, I have two college-age kids, and I’d be thrilled if they pursued careers in science, engineering or medicine. I certainly want them to learn as much science and math as they can, because those skills can help you get a great job.
But it is precisely because science is so powerful that we need the humanities now more than ever. In your science, mathematics and engineering classes, you’re given facts, answers, knowledge, truth. Your professors say, “This is how things are.” They give you certainty. The humanities, at least the way I teach them, give you uncertainty, doubt and skepticism.
The humanities are subversive. They undermine the claims of all authorities, whether political, religious or scientific. This skepticism is especially important when it comes to claims about humanity, about what we are, where we came from, and even what we can be and should be. Science has replaced religion as our main source of answers to these questions. Science has told us a lot about ourselves, and we’re learning more every day.
But the humanities remind us that we have an enormous capacity for deluding ourselves. They also tell us that every single human is unique, different than every other human, and each of us keeps changing in unpredictable ways. The societies we live in also keep changing–in part because of science and technology! So in certain important ways, humans resist the kind of explanations that science gives us.
Afrofuturism: A Reading List for Black History Month
This is a longer version of a list of reading recommendations generated for a poster on Afrofuturism I designed for the IIT Department of Humanities. This list was made in collaboration with Sean Cashbaugh (University of Texas), John Cline (independent scholar), and Shannon Frech (Trafalgar Square Publishing), Melanie Haupt (University of Texas), ad Shirley Thompson Marshall (University of Texas).
There are a lot more books, articles, and other works that are part of Afrofuturism. If you would like me to add something to the list, just message me – I’ll try to keep it updated.
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand, Samuel R. Delany
Kindred, Octavia Butler
The Intuitionist, Colson Whitehead
Birth of a Dark Nation, Rashid Darden
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Amos Tutuola
The Kundalini Equation, Steven Barnes
Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed
The Famished Road, Ben Okiri
My Soul to Keep, Tananarive Due
Nonfiction (biographies and critical works)
Space is the Place: The Lives and Times of Sun Ra, John F. Szwed
Discourse on Colonialism, Aimé Césaire
The Wretched of the Earth, Franz Fanon
Black No More, George Schuyler
Race in American Science Fiction, Isiah Lavender
Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs, Michael Veal
New Musical Figurations: Anthony Braxton’s Cultural Critique, Ronald M. Radano
Astrofuturism: Science, Race and Visions of Utopia, De Witt Douglas Kilgore
Black Space: Imagining Racein Science Fiction Film, Adilifu Nama
Afrofuturism: The World of Black Science Fiction and Fantasy Culture, Ytasha Womack
Life on Mars, Tracy K. Smith
Quantum Lyrics, A Van Jordan
Social Text issue 71: Afrofuturism, Alondra Nelson (editor)
The Shadows Took Shape, exhibit at The Studio Museum (which includes this rad Tumblr: shadowstookshape)