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Campus COLL 300: Themes

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.

The faculty have charged the Fellows in the Center for the Liberal Arts with determining semester-long themes for the campus COLL 300. These themes help to guide and focus subsequent faculty proposals for that semester's three campus COLL 300 visitors and provide a shared experience for students.


Modified on-Campus COLL 300 for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Because we need significant lead-time to schedule and coordinate our visitors' international travel and we are likely to be experiences continuing COVID-19 complications in the coming academic year, we are not planning to bring visitors to campus that semester. Instead, we ask faculty interested in providing on-Campus COLL 300 courses to draw on any two of our previous visitors. These courses may be versions of previous on-Campus COLL 300 courses, or faculty can adapt or develop a new on-Campus COLL 300 course. We have 25 videos of our past COLL 300 visitors’ "main event" talk available in our Past Visitors tab. Keywords and short summaries are provided for each of these videos.

Future Themes

We invite faculty members to consider proposing future campus COLL 300 themes. The next round of proposals will be announced in Spring 2021. Ideally a theme should have sufficient breadth to provide points of entry for all the academic disciplines across Arts & Sciences and the professional schools. The semester courses attributed as COLL 300 will integrate both the theme and the public events presented by our COLL 300 visitors.

Fellows evaluate theme proposals in relation to the goals established for COLL 300: global or cross-cultural aspects, intellectual appeal across the university, and potential for integrating provocative and engaging COLL 300 visitors.