This 360 cluster, comprised of courses in philosophy, history (East Asian Studies), and economics, will look at the many environmental problems and issues that beset our contemporary world. We will explore the environment from the perspective of several disciplines: philosophy (both "Western" and "Eastern"), economics, history, politics, and natural science. Our readings, class discussion, and student research will bring these different disciplinary perspectives to bear on specific environmental questions. Experts in the science, economics, and politics of these questions will come to campus and visit the classes. The cluster will concentrate particularly (but not exclusively) on the environmental problems of China and study how China is dealing with them. Students and faculty will travel to China (tentatively March 8-22) to experience the environmental problems first hand and to meet with leading experts on these issues, both researchers and officials.
This 360° cluster considers our participation in the environment from the perspectives of economics, education, and various forms of literary and visual expression. Our goal is to develop a vocabulary for thinking, feeling and talking about the ways in which the places we live affect each of us, and how each of us affects the places we live. We are particularly interested in how the resources of economics, education and creative expression, as well as the intersections among these disciplines, might help us understand and convey our understandings in insightful and inciting ways to others, to engage in what radical literacy activist Paulo Friere calls “re-writing” or transforming the world.
This 2-unit 360 cluster runs over the course of the 2013-2014 academic year. In the fall, the History of Art course will study the history of modern art from the Armory Show of 1913 to the present, through the lens of a significant collection of modern American art on loan to the College. The spring Museum Studies course will shift to the implementation of theory in the multidisciplinary practice of mounting and programming an exhibition of the collection in Canaday Library. The 360 will consider differences in addressing academy and community as audiences, and bring together theoretical and practical aspects of art history, art criticism, art exhibition, and art education.