Michael Dango and his students examine contemporary art, media, and literature to see how people are developing frameworks for making sense of urgent political, social, and environmental questions.
Imagining new worlds, transforming existing ones
What is your dream career?
Maybe you’ve been studying and inhabiting online worlds for years now, and you’d like to learn how to connect the skills you’ve already developed with a career path in the real world.
That could mean working in the video game industry—as a designer, writer, coder, or something else entirely. Or it might mean bringing your skills in building and examining alternate realities to other career paths, whether it be education, entertainment, nonprofit administration, healthcare, tech, or finance.
Our world is changing faster and more profoundly than ever before, and we need broad, resourceful thinkers to be ahead of the curve.
Chart your own path
Worldbuilding at Beloit begins from the recognition that what we perceive as “reality” both shapes and is shaped by the languages we speak, the cultures we come from, the histories we embody, and the media we consume — and the narratives we use to understand and describe it all.
We invite writers, performers, big thinkers, activists, connectors, and desktop philosophers to join us as we figure out what’s possible — studying the past, and writing histories of the future.
What worlds do you want to build?
- Educational Worlds: from teachers to learning nonprofit administrators, counsel the next generation.
- Communal Worlds: from community organizers to social media specialists, create connections.
- Possible Worlds: from social justice activists to entrepreneurs, engineer the future.
- Therapeutic Worlds: from mental health specialists to school counselors, heal the soul.
- Fictional Worlds: from game designers to novelists, imagine alternate realities.
- Intercultural Worlds: from translators to curators, bridge people and communities.
- Material Worlds: from urban planners to technology developers, build our environment.
We’re here to support you
Beloit’s Innovation Space offers worldbuilders high-performance Apple computers, an animation station, graphics tablets, an audio recording booth, and gaming hookups. You can also take advantage of the creative facilities at the Center for Entrepreneurship in Liberal Education at Beloit (CELEB), like the Maker Lab and the Maple Tree Recording Studio.
And our faculty, staff, and broad network of alumni are available to mentor and encourage you along the way.
Joseph Derosier and his students examine literature, film, and other forms of media to examine how our world has been imagined and realized, and how we ourselves participate in how these worlds are perpetuated, altered, and reimagined.
Natalie Gummer and her students recognize, challenge, and transform narratives that tell us what’s “real” and who’s “normal” through engagement with lifeways, cosmologies, and identities from other times and places.
Tamara and her students explore how storytelling can transform both our current world and worlds of the future—by reading and writing science fiction, climate fiction, the environmental humanities, and narratives about data, knowledge, and modernity.
Kelly Leahy helps students build research skills so they can interrogate the systems, histories, and contexts that help shape our world.
With research interests in Chinese literature, comparative literature, translation studies, and the digital humanities, Daniel works with students to understand how language, translation, and literature build the worlds we inhabit. He also helps students explore how we use language as a tool to curate experience.
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Lucy Abrams is a senior anthropology major with a minor in dance who studied abroad in the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies, located at Kibbutz Ketura in Southern Israel. During her time abroad, she learned about sustainability and regional peace-building through the program’s immersive experience in community building and her involvement in political activism.more