A cluster of three courses about the constraints and agency of individual actors in social spaces, with a particular focus on the institutional settings of colleges and prisons and the “critical spaces” that can open up within them. How might we come to voice in such spaces? How might we practice silence? What “apprenticeship in freedom” is available to us? What larger visions might activate the lives shaped by the institutions in which we live? What can we learn from the juxtaposition of colleges and prisons as institutions that pose drastically different and also interestingly parallel kinds of challenges to human beings who are in contrasting and yet also perhaps linked phases of their lives?
Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. This 360 cluster will integrate philosophical, scientific, and policy perspectives to highlight both the complexity of the issue and the many innovative ideas that are being developed to address it worldwide . We will explore how scientific and technological development have combined with societal notions of the good life and public policy initiatives to promote the energy-intensive, growth-oriented consumer society. We will look at how the advent of human-induced climate change has prompted new ways of thinking about quality of life, new technological approaches to energy supply, and new political solutions to problems of resource exploitation and environmental justice.