Social Critical Thinking Through the Arts


Grades: 7-8

Time Slot: Late Afternoon
• 7:00pm – 8:45pm Eastern Time

Have you ever considered discussing global social problems while learning about art? By using the visual thinking curriculum program or “the art of looking”, a learning tool developed by several museums, including the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), students will engage in thoughtful discussions regarding global social problems. This museum-originated practice consists of learning through observation and immersive attention to content, holding a wide array of benefits for critical thinking, especially in an era of high-speed means of information delivery. During this Yale College-based Seminar, students will engage in discussions on topics including racial discrimination and economic inequalities; the rise of social movements for political changes; immigration policies and identity in an era of global migration; and, the relation between feminism movements, women’s roles in society, and capitalism. Students will participate in careful, detailed-oriented observation of modern and contemporary artwork over virtual guided tours to the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG).


J.S.D. candidate Law School - Yale University

Ximena Benavides is a Schell Center Research Fellow at Yale Law School and Lecturer at Yale College. She is a Doctor of the Science of Law (J.S.D.) candidate at Yale Law School, where she received her LL.M. in 2006. Before coming back to law school for her doctoral studies, Ximena practiced law both in New York and Lima and was a law professor in Peru, where she earned her law degree and B.A. in Humanities from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. At Yale, Ximena is a Fellow of the Information Society Project and the Solomon Center for Health, Law & Policy at Yale Law School, and an affiliate with the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Ximena researches and writes on issues of institutional corruption, health care policy, and health care innovation, at the intersection of social human rights and development. Her recent article, “Disparate Health Care in Puerto Rico: A Battle Beyond Statehood,” is forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change.

Program Calendar:
January 11-22, 2021
(Monday – Friday)
Real-Time Classes Duration:
1 hour & 45 minutes long
(with a 15-minute break).
Max Class Group:
Small class size
(20 students max)

Program Courses

Grades 7-9

For grade 9 students all course options are available.





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