Among the criteria adopted for the Campus COLL 300: "bring the world to W&M" through instructional content and significant involvement of students and faculty with COLL 300 campus visitors - a fruitful experience of disorientation that allows students to see their own lives in broader perspective.
In a typical semester the CLA supports campus COLL 300 courses by hosting three campus visitors related to that semester's theme. Each visitor presents a public event and engages smaller groups of students and faculty in ways that support the goals of COLL 300. Visits generally span several or more days.
Each visitor's public event parallels the semester's theme and stems from some aspect of their life other than scholarly expertise. This may take the form of readings, conversations, performances, presentations of general and scholarly interest, or some combination of all of these – or something entirely different.
Visitors for Spring 2018
- Zena Howard. is one of the few female African American architects in the U.S.. She was part of the team that designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture. During her visit, Zena Howard will share how her philosophy that "designers have a social responsibility to improve the lives of community members" shapes her work. February 25 - March 1, 2018
- Dr. Vandana Shiva. trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab and later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy. Dr. Shiva has campaigned internationally on issues surrounding biotechnology and genetic engineering. She has contributed in fundamental ways to changing the practice and paradigms of agriculture and food. April 16 - 20, 2018
- Charles Nainoa Thompson is a master in the traditional Polynesian art of non-instrument navigating, or wayfinding. He is the first Hawaiian to practice the art of wayfinding on long distance ocean voyages since the 14th century. He played an integral part in the design, construction, sailing, and navigation of the Hawai'i Maritime Center's double-hulled voyaging canoe, Hokule'a.
Visitors for Fall 2018
Speakers, topics, and dates have not yet been announced. Faculty interested in developing a course should contact the CLA Associate Director, Ben Boone [firstname.lastname@example.org] for tentative speaker names and topics.