Shaping Perception (2016–17)
- Chris Aiken,Dance
- Daphne Lamothe, Africana Studies
This project explores the concept of "perception" as an essential form of human experience, an aspect of ourselves that defines who we are and how we relate to the world. Read the complete project description.
Modes and Models of Making (2016-17)
- Alex Keller, Film Studies
- Dana Leibsohn, Art
In this project we invite considered reflection on what kinds of things have been, or are now worth making, and how models for thinking about creativity and craftsmanship shape why certain things (and not others) get made, re-made, and un-made. Read the complete project description.
Short-term projects 2016-17
October 15, 2016, and February 11, March 4, and April 8, 2017
This project, taking place on four Saturdays throughout the academic year, will explore the impact of Buddhist monastics on health care and hospice services, the design of charitable NGOs, cognitive science, values education, feminism, and on the envisioning of religious life. On each Saturday, participants will meet with a prominent Buddhist monastic whose work has transformed both contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond. Read the complete project description.
Student Activism/Faculty Response
November 4-5, 2016
The ideology that guides the activism of many millennial students poses political, ethical, practical and intellectual challenges for faculty and college administrators: Given what we know about this generation of students, what are, or should be, the limits of faculty and staff intervention? This project will provide an opportunity for faculty to come together to consider the ways they should or should not, can or cannot, engage as mentors or critics in the work of their activist students. We are hoping to bring forward a range of opinions on this subject, and to consider these questions through the lens of different disciplines, different political affiliations, and different understandings of the role of faculty in the face of twenty-first century student activism. Read the complete project description.
September 30-October 1, 2016
Practice, in all its complexity, is an aspect of many of our lives and endeavors. But what does it really mean to "practice something," and how are various forms of practice different and related? In this one-day project, we will delve into the subject of practice, as an art, a science, and an essential part of ourselves as human beings. The project will begin with a presentation by Lisa Leizman, choreographer and yoga teacher, whose work extends across several kinds of practice. Read the complete project description.