Exploration Seminar: Thinking Spatially in the Arts and Sciences

This seminar provided the opportunity for students to learn about the fascinating variety of spatial thinking, reasoning, and computing in the arts and sciences! Each week, a guest lecturer from a different department introduced a particular perspective on space, such as that of architecture, choreography, or epidemiology. In readings, discussions, small experiments, and essays, explored spatial thinking for problem solving (sciences and engineering), creative expression (arts), or interpretation (humanities). Students learned how the use of maps, graphs, and virtual reality can aid learning, analysis, understanding, decision making, and discovery.

Each class was taught by an instructor from a different department, showing the broad range of applications of spatial analysis in each field of study.