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The Digital Salon Podcast Season 2
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Urban Humanities Initiative: The Digital Salon Podcast Season 2

Jun 22, 2021

Looking for something to listen to this summer? Tune in to THE COLLECTIVE, season two of Digital Salon, the Urban Humanities Initiative's podcast series.

In Season 1 the Digital Salon team meditated on the ways the pandemic is a portal. In Season 2 they investigate how the urban environment can be used to organize and arrange an array of polyvocal collectives. They ask urban humanists, what is a collective and what are the ways to transmit knowledge through collectivity? What lessons can we learn from alternative forms of knowledge production and practices of organizing and social change-making?

From the call and response repertoire of songs to the record of our daily lives, from the wisdom of neighbor and elder to the wayward transmissions of institutions, THE COLLECTIVE streams the desire to know into an animus for community formation. To collect and collectivize, we draw near as we move toward projects of care and liberation.

The Urban Humanities Initiative "UHI" based at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design offers an innovative cross-disciplinary curriculum that bridges design, urban studies, and the humanities, leading to a Graduate Certificate in Urban Humanities. Students explore research methodologies for critical urban analysis and representational techniques that foreground new forms and models of inquiry for imagining the city. Current and incoming grad students from all fields whose work touches on cities, mapping, spatial justice, urban history, or everyday urban life are encouraged to apply.

Each episode, created by alumni and affiliated members of the UCLA Urban Humanities Initiative, will be hosted on their website, digitalsalonpodcast.org. Over the course of the summer, a new podcast will drop twice weekly, one on Tuesday and one on Saturday, starting on June 22.

In the first episode, #TalkAboutBeirut, a collaborative group of sound artists and architects led by UCLA AUD's Lena Pozdnyakova and Yara Feghali walk through the streets of Beirut, past and present, to reflect on collective trauma, grief, and healing.

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