#livewisdom is an installation that aims to democratize our conception of wisdom. We asked: What counts as wisdom? Who gets to express or articulate it? And how do we access wisdom?
The world--and often academic culture--tends to value knowledge, privilege experts, and prioritize 'expertise.' As a result, sometimes we neglect the role that lived experience--as well as personal and collective forms of adversity--play in shaping what we know. The living of life teaches us things too--and we wanted this public installation to acknowledge that.
WGSS students sought voices that are not traditionally consulted for counsel or advice: young people, marginalized persons, queer and trans persons, people who are not seen as experts. They asked participants to answer a simple question: what is the most important thing that life has taught you? And their answers are individually written on the brightly colored yellow tags fill campus until December 8th.
Members of the Otterbein community are invited to create their own #livewisdom tags and add them to existing installations on campus. There is a table inside the library, first floor, where you can find all of the materials. You are also invited to take tags that hold particular meaning for you. When possible, please post photos of your tags on social media with the hashtag #livewisdom."-Tammy Birk, Assistant Professor and Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Otterbein University
Special thanks to the Student Life Fee fund, the WGSS program, and Humanities Advisory Council for generously sponsoring Stephanie's visits and our work.