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Shaping Perception (2016–17)

Shaping perceptionOrganizing Fellows

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.

Project fellows

Modes and Models of Making (2016-17)

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Organizing Fellow

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.

Project fellows


Short-term projects 2016-17

Student Activism/Faculty Response

Organizing Fellow

  • Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, Anthropology

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.

Apply for Student Activism/Faculty Response.

Robed Warriors

Organizing Fellow

  • Jay Garfield, Philosophy

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.