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.

Theme for Fall 2019

Movement/Migration  Movement and migration are at the center of how we understand human and nonhuman life. Often, this is in the realm of significant physical migration of individuals or communities from one land to the next. Almost always, they shift cultural dynamics in unexpected ways. Movements and migrations are constantly taking place in realms beyond the human, as well – from the makeup of the nonhuman environment as it confronts climate change, to the patterns of migratory animal species, to discoveries in gene therapies and information science. Closer to home, we see movements and migrations unfolding in university curricula and our very approach to (inter)disciplinary inquiry.

Theme for Spring 2020

Scale  The notion of scale is intrinsic to how we understand the world and our place in it. The scale of interactions between people varies across space, evolves over time, and profoundly influences how we relate to each other, to cultures, and to our environment. How do changes in the breadth and speed of global communication influence languages and cultures? How do scientists use small-scale laboratory experiments to solve large-scale global problems? How do small grassroots movements evolve into major forces for cultural change around the world? From the local to the global, the microscopic to the macroscopic, and the personal to the collective, Scale informs our experience and our efforts to effect change.

Modified on-Campus COLL 300 for Fall 2020

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 Fall 2020, we are not planning to bring visitors to campus that semester. Instead, we ask faculty interested in providing Fall 2020 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 some 30+ 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. 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 Arts & Sciences, and potential for integrating provocative and engaging COLL 300 visitors.