Mathematics is among the most influential and wide-reaching varieties of knowledge, with applications to virtually all branches of science as well as many if not most artistic and humanistic fields, and yet mathematics is also widely despised, in no small part due to elitism and rote approaches to teaching the subject draining it of all originality and joy. This course is an invitation to learners who may have been traumatized by their own mathematics education to begin to change their relationship to mathematics for the better, through varied activities including study of the cross-cultural histories of the discipline, reflection on our past experiences as students, playing games of strategy, listening to music for harmonic and rhythmic structure, and doing old-fashioned math exercises.
Images courtesy of teachers.
This class may be for you if:
Nabil Hassein is a technologist, researcher, and educator who previously worked as a high school math teacher, a software developer, and a freelancer, and is currently a PhD candidate in New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, writing a dissertation on Arabic-based programming languages and their associated communities. Nabil is an alum of SFPC's previous full time program, and has previously worked for SFPC as a teaching assistant in the critical theory of technology course and co-organizer of Code Ecologies and Mathematics as a Religious Experience, besides previous iterations teaching Learning to Love Mathematics.
they/them, he/him · website
Margot Armbruster is a poet and SFPC alum in Brooklyn, NY. Margot has worked as a writer, researcher, educator, community organizer, and musician at The Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice, the National Humanities Center, Yale University Press, and elsewhere. They currently research higher education at a New York-based media company. Margot’s creative work appears in The Guardian, USA Today, Belt Magazine, and The Adroit Journal, among other outlets. They are interested in music, math, linguistics, conversation, and prayer, and practice each of these in earnest imperfection. Margot earned a B.A. in English and Political Theory at Duke University, where they picked figs and took long autumn walks in the campus gardens.
any · instagram
Interested in more learning opportunities at the School for Poetic Computation? Join our newsletter to stay up to date on future sessions and events, and follow us on Instagram and Twitter. Support our programming through scholarships. Get in touch over email.