Crafting Humanities Case Studies with Nathan C. Walker and Lili Myers

Throughout March, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) will host a series of workshops that will feature our public humanities faculty fellows in person on the first floor of 325 Cooper Street. Scholars will discuss a range of topics from case studies, writing for the public, and personal archives, and will demonstrate ways to succeed in the Humanities.

Crafting Humanities Case Studies (Monday, March 6 @ 4:00 pm)

Nathan C. Walker and Lili Myers

Business professors are well-known for using case studies to prepare future business leaders. Medical faculty use patient cases to teach residents and prepare them for working as healthcare workers. Professors of law use case briefs to teach the law and help students think like lawyers. This skills-based workshop will ask five questions: (1) How might humanities educators and researchers use case studies to revitalize their teaching and research? (2) What constitutes case studies in the humanities, especially when doing interdisciplinary work? (3) What are the core elements of a humanities case study, pedagogical objectives, and research outcomes? (4) How can case studies tap into learners’ multiple intelligences and create immersive classroom experiences? And (5) how can researchers use case studies to cultivate the public understanding of the humanities? The workshop will explore how the Moral Imagination Community at Rutgers University responds to these questions by building WISE Case Studies. The humanities cases inspire learners to situate themselves in a moral dilemma to understand all points of view by Watching videos, Interacting with games, Studying research, and Engaging one another in person and online.

Dr. Nathan C. Walker is a Public Humanities Fellow, Honors College Faculty Fellow, and award-winning instructor in the Department of Philosophy & Religion at Rutgers University-Camden. Lili Myers is a second year political science minor and legal studies minor. Lili is a member of the Honors College and on a pre-law track.

This program is made possible by generous support from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers University-Camden and a religion and health grant from Interfaith America.