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Past Short-Term Projects

Social Ecology: Rethinking the Interdependence of Individuals, Communities and the Environment (short-term project Feb. 2020)

February 21-22, 2020

Social Ecology, which originates with the theories of radical ecologist Murray Bookchin, considers the political organization of societies in relation to the natural world. Bookchin’s theories are most aptly expressed by his dictum: “the domination of nature by man stems from the domination of human by human.”

Climate Inherits Us All (short-term project, Fall 2019)

October 17, November 15-16, 2019

What inherits us. What we leave to others. How we accept (or refuse) that which is bequeathed. These themes—and their implications—anchor this short-term Kahn project.

Data, Knowledge, Pedagogy: The Age of Machine Learning (short-term project Dec. 7-8, 2018)

December 7-8, 2018

The advent of the Digital Age (or the "Information Age") has thrown scholars across a variety of academic disciplines—especially those relying on textual and experiential evidence—into an existenial crisis. This short-term Kahn project seeks to engage scholars across all three divisions in an exploration of what this growing emphasis on machine learning means for scholarship, pedagogy, and knowledge production more broadly.

Creativity and the Creature: Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’ at 200 (November 2-3, 2018)

A Kahn Institute Symposium

A 200th anniversary celebration of one of literary history’s most enduring and generative novels, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus, published anonymously by 20-year-old Mary Shelley (1797–1851) on January 1, 1818.

Drones: Politics, Pedagogy, Power, Play (short-term project, Sept. 28-29, 2018)

September 28-29, 2018

This short-term project seeks to understand drones in a broader context with scholars who can prime our discussion through a comparative analysis of emerging technologies. Who owns the right of transit less than 400 feet above the ground?

Antisemitism (short-term project, 2018-19)

The purpose of this short-term Kahn project is to discuss antisemitism in its historical and contemporary dimensions. The very word antisemitism was coined in Germany in 1879 to denote an ideology that considered the integration of European Jews in rapidly changing nation-states highly problematic.

Pen to Palm Leaf (short-term project, 2018-19)

In 2018–19, we are excited to welcome a series of visitors focused on Buddhism and contemporary literature, titled Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature. This series brings four eminent writers whose work explores or is inflected by themes deriving from Buddhism to Smith and the Five Colleges for one- to two-week visits to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community.