“From the golden rule to the iconic Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, a symbol of freedom and unity around the world, to E=MC2, the radical formula that changed how we understand the universe, these words, sounds, and codes help us speak a common language and agree on shared values. They give us a foundation for trust.”
- Yo Yo Ma, World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018
Thanks to a generous gift from John and Jody Arnhold, we are mounting a series of new, team-taught Interdisciplinary Studies (INT) courses in both summer and regular academic year sessions. The Arnhold Innovative Teaching and Learning Initiative (AITLI), led by musician and educator Cristina Pato, takes a multi-dimensional and creative approach to student learning. AITLI supports 8-unit courses that engage students in applying interdisciplinary methods and perspectives to project-based learning.
Past offerings have included INT 133A, “Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration,” co-taught by Ken Kosik (MCDB), visiting artist Cristina Pato, and Kim Yasuda (Art) and INT 35LT, “Shakespeare in Performance,” co- taught by Irwin Appel (Theater and Dance) and Jim Kearney (English).
Students work together to complete projects that include performances, videos, art installations, and podcasts.
Integrated team-teaching allows instructors to learn from each other in real time, providing a model for collaborative exchange.
Here is what students have to say about the courses:
On “Shakespeare in Performance”:
“Today was my last day [of the course] and I was so sad that it had to come to an end. The class has given me such a positive experience with Shakespeare and UCSB. I hope many more people get to have such an intimate and safe space that I have cherished for the past 6 weeks.”
“Open and rich discussion that reviews and reflects on each individual who contributes to the conversation was the key… it’s a very great starting point for incoming freshmen and also a great course for continuing students.”
On “Memory: An Interdisciplinary Exploration”
“There is so much that I have learned about myself in working with others and in moving forward with purpose. I hope to see more opportunities arise for a classroom environment like this one. The way ideas were expanded on created a space that turned anxiety into focused thought and recollection.”
Upcoming AITLI courses (Summer 2019 and 2020):
INT 133B: “What’s Wrong with the World? And How Can We Fix It?”
“The History of Disease and Epidemiology”
“Drama and the Asian American Experience”
“Memory and Migration”