Past Themes

Semester-long themes for the campus COLL 300 help to guide and focus faculty proposals for that semester's three campus COLL 300 visitors, and provide a shared experience for enrolled students.

Spring 2017

Unrest  At an institution dedicated to inquiry and examination, the intellectual waters are always in a state of unrest. Unrest, in a scientific sense, can imply loss of equilibrium. Unrest can be one feature of a psychological state leading to questioning or creativity; of a social state leading to criticism or conflict. Unrest can be a stimulus or a crisis, a challenge or a moment. 

Fall 2016

Well-Being  The qualitative (and subjective) state of "well-being" gains increasing importance as we move beyond simple survival. Individuals with higher perceived levels of well-being report feeling healthy, socially engaged, and satisfied with their lives; societies structured to promote well-being are likelier to have a flourishing citizenry. What personal, social, community, physical, and environmental contexts best nurture not only the health of human beings, but of all creatures?