Tapan Parikh, associate professor in the department of Information Science and faculty director of the Milstein Program at Cornell Tech, visited campus with other Cornell Tech educators in February to talk with Milstein students about what to expect during their first six-week summer session at Cornell Tech this summer.
The summer program will be an immersive, engaged learning experience interweaved with experiential activities connecting students to the life and fabric of NYC. Through mentored workshops, independent projects, collaboration with diverse communities and real-world engagement in NYC, students will develop a situated appreciation of technological innovation as well as the human context in which it is unfolding.
Parikh said his workshop on revolutionary technology will allow students to explore how technology is valued differently in each society and includes reading the works of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels, Antonio Gramsci and others.
Khadijah Abdurahman also spoke with students about her oral history workshop, which will include discussions between Milstein students and Roosevelt Island locals and the creation of oral history recordings. Niti Parikh, a designer, educator, and maker, will be leading the Craft@Large workshop this summer. During this visit, she worked with students on projects constructing makeshift speakers with magnets, copper wire, audio jacks and construction paper.
“It was good to find out more about what we’re doing during the summer and also get a sneak peak of some of the more exciting hands on activities,” said Andrew Gao ’22.