Makerspaces and Justice

Makerspaces and Justice (UNXD-368)

Working with the making mantra that the “freedom to fail” is a good thing, students in this course will interrogate together how the frameworks and context in which innovation projects are situated inform their ultimate success at shifting systems of injustice toward justice.

Course Details

Wednesdays 9/4 – 11/20
8:30 – 9:30 AM

Why Take This Course?

Students in this course will hone practical making skills and critical reflection skills by collaborating with D.C. community members on tangible projects and processing that collaborative work. Guided by Georgetown’s missional commitments to “sustained discourse among people of difference” and educating “life-long learners” who “live generously in service to others”, this course is an ideal reflective experience for 8th-semester seniors looking to make meaning of their university experience and consider how they would like to practically carry forward what they have learned at Georgetown.

The course will meet once weekly for 12 weeks. The first three weeks of the class will meet on campus, in Lauinger Library’s Maker Hub. Course content will include an introduction to the foundations of Maker culture, social innovation and social justice, and the role of reflection in determining meaningful action.

Amanda Munroe 

Assistant Director, Social Justice Curriculum & Pedagogy

Amanda directs Georgetown’s community-based learning programs, develops global partnerships for social justice immersion and supports mission-driven initiatives related to the university’s commitment to social justice and the common good. She also teaches courses in reflection for social action and cultural humility for social justice and community health work.

Amanda joined CSJ as Social Justice Curriculum and Pedagogy Coordinator in October 2013 following her work as Distance Learning Project Coordinator for the United States Institute of Peace. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution awarded with distinction. She holds a BA in Global Studies & French with a focus on African Studies from North Park University in Chicago, IL. She is an RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Teacher, an avid cyclist, and proud resident of Washington, D.C.

Don Undeen (Manager of the Georgetown Maker Hub)

A recent transplant to DC, Don hails from NYC where he was the founding manager of the MediaLab at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to his work in the Maker Hub, Don is also an adjunct faculty in the CCT program, teaching creative web development.

Some of Don’s other involvements include:

Serving as the leader of the Labs group for the Vatican Arts and Technology Council, which meets annually in Rome to develop new uses of art and technology in promotion of the mission of the Holy See.

Expert consultant for Creative Museums, a Erasmus+ funded project to help European Museums connect with maker communities.

Innovation Strategist for Hyphen Hub, an NYC-based international network of new media artists and thought leaders connecting art, technology and business.

Serves on the Exhibitions Advisory Council for the National Children’s Museum.

Speaks around the world on the topic of museums, open data, hacking, and creative technology, promoting new uses of cultural collections.

And in his spare time, Don like to play saxophone and hang out with his cats and guinea pigs.