Responsible Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Design Project - National Humanities Center


Responsible Artificial Intelligence Curriculum Design Project

National Humanities Center Institute for College/University Faculty

June 20–24, 2022

Overview Speakers Participants About the Area

Artificial intelligence permeates our daily lives—in the ways we conduct business, govern, provide healthcare and security, and communicate. The large-scale cultural and societal implications of these changes—and the ethical questions they raise—pose a serious challenge as we embrace a future increasingly shaped by the implementation of artificial intelligence technology. Inspired by recommendations that emerged from the In Our Image: Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities conference held in spring 2021, the role of the humanities in understanding and harnessing the enormous power and potential of artificial intelligence is clear.

Working in partnership with fifteen of the nation’s top universities and colleges, the Center will facilitate the development of undergraduate courses that address ethical questions about the role of artificial intelligence in our world. Each course will be designed by a nominated faculty member, and each institution will make the course available for credit. Considered together, these courses will offer insights into the emerging role of artificial intelligence in our world, and the part post-secondary institutions can play in preparing students to assess the impact and value of those technologies.


Participants will develop a semester-long course that addresses key themes and topics in responsible artificial intelligence. With university commitment, these courses will be added to the 2023–24 catalog and be offered for credit to eligible undergraduate students.

The program will provide the following support:

  • Five-day institute at the NHC on June 20–24, 2022 with full travel support
  • Stipend to individual faculty member for two-year commitment (curriculum design in year 2022–23, course instruction in 2023–24)
  • Stipend to university for course support
  • Ongoing curriculum design support and facilitation

Participants will reconvene in summer 2024 to share experiences about developing and implementing the courses on their campuses.

For more information, contact NHC Education Programs.


  • Charlotte Dungan

    Director of Implementation, The AI Education Project

  • Mar Hicks (NHC Fellow, 2018–19)

    Associate Professor of History, Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Meredith Graham

    Interim Associate Director of Education Programs, National Humanities Center

  • Sarah Rispin Sedlak, J.D.

    Lecturing Fellow, Duke Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University

  • Katie Toothman

    engEDU Program Manager, Google

Partner Institutions

  • Arizona State University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • George Mason University
  • Johnson C. Smith University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Rice University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
  • University of Florida
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Utah

with support from Google