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Quest for Meaning

Quest for Meaning

Fall 2013 Quest For Meaning

Tuesday/Thursday 11:40 a.m. – 1:10 p.m.

Plenary sessions are held in Miller auditorium unless otherwise indicated. All other sessions are in the individual section classrooms. On plenary session days, roll will be taken by individual professor in or near the lobby. Consult your own professor for further details.


Week One

Sept. 3
Section Meeting: Orientation

Reading:
Syllabus
Cox, "Quest for Meaning (- a TOE?)"

Discuss:
Syllabus Review and Course Requirements
         1. Service Learning as a Path to Meaning
         2. Ethics and the Quest for Meaning
         3. The Liberal Arts and our Quest for Meaning
         4. This I Believe Project

Community Service and Internship Fair - Fox Hall - 12:30 p.m.
All Students attend the Fair to investigate community service options.


Sept. 5
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts and Sciences in our Quest for Meaning

Reading:
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Introduction: "Making Conversation," (pp. xi - xxi)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 1: "The Shattered Mirror," (pp. 1 - 11)
Stockdale, "The World of Epictetus," (available on Moodle)
King, "Letter from Birmingham Jail," (available on Moodle)

Discuss:

Liberal Arts, Service Learning

Week Two

Sept. 10
Section Meeting: Humanities and Our Quest for Meaning

Reading:
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Prologue: "Between Roses," (pp. ix - xxii)
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Part 1: "Undercitizens," (pp. 3 - 68)

Discuss:
Liberal Arts, Service Learning and Global Challenges


Sep. 12
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts, Globalism and Poverty

Reading:
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Part 2: "The Business of Burning," (pp. 71 - 132)
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Author's Note, (pp. 247 - 254)

Discuss:
Liberal Arts and Global Challenges

*Elect Festival of Hope Coordinator*

CPS Event: Katherine Boo -- Sept. 12, Fox Hall -- 7:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Week Three

Sept. 17
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts, Globalism and Poverty

Reading:
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Part 3: "A Little Wildness," (pp. 135 - 174)
Boo, Behind the Beautiful Forevers, Part 4: "Up and Out," (pp. 177 - 244)

Discuss:
Liberal Arts and Global Challenges


Sept. 19
Section Meeting: Ethical Theory and Practice

Reading:
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 2: "The Escape from Positivism," (pp. 13 - 31)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 3: "Facts on the Ground," (pp. 33 - 44)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 4: "Moral Disagreement," (pp. 45 - 67)

Discuss:
Ethics, Global Challenges and Service Learning

Week Four

Sept. 24
Section Meeting: Cosmopolitanism: Ethical Theory and Practice

Reading:
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 5: "The Primacy of Practice," (pp. 69 - 85)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 6: "Imaginary Strangers," (pp. 87 - 99)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 7: "Cosmopolitan Containment," (pp. 101 - 113)

Discuss:
Ethics, Global Challenges and Service Learning


Sept. 26
Section Meeting: Cosmopolitanism: Ethical Theory and Practice

Reading:
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 8: "Whose Culture Is It, Anyway?," (pp. 115 - 135)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 9: “The Counter-Cosmopolitans,” (pp. 137 - 153)
Appiah, Cosmopolitanism, Chapter 10: “Kindness to Strangers,” (pp. 155 - 174)  

Discuss:
Ethics, Meaning and Service Learning

*Service Learning Project Proposal Forms Due*       

Week Five

Oct. 1
Plenary: Faith and Our Quest for Meaning ~ Professor Davina Lopez

Reading:
Bryant, "Faith as Trust," (available on Moodle)


Oct. 3
Section Meeting: Faith

Reading:
Readings from Professor Davina Lopez - TBA - (available on Moodle)

Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society, Chapter 10: "The Conflict Between Indiviudal and Social Morality," (available on Moodle)

Discuss:
Faith and Meaning

Week Six

Oct. 8
Section Meeting: Faith

Reading:
Felice, “Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech: Embracing the Ethics of Reinhold Niebuhr," (available on Moodle)

Discuss:
Faith and Meaning

*Service Learning Placement Confirmation Agreement Forms Due*


Oct. 10
Plenary: Art and Our Quest for Meaning ~ Professor Arthur Skinner

Reading:
Readings by Professor Arthur Skinner - TBA - (available on Moodle)

Week Seven

Oct. 15
Section Meeting: Arts and Letters

Reading:
Readings by Professor Arthur Skinner - TBA - (available on Moodle)

Discuss:
Arts


Oct. 17
Plenary: Natural Science and Our Quest for Meaning ~ Professor Anne Cox

Reading:
Frayn, Copenhagen, Act One, (pp. 3 - 54)

Week Eight

Oct. 22
Section Meeting: Science

Reading:
Frayn, Copenhagen, Act Two, (pp. 55 - 94)

Discuss:  Sceince and Liberal Arts


Oct. 24
Section Meeting: Science

Reading:
Frayn, Copenhagen, Postscript, (pp. 95 - 132)

Discuss:
Science

*Service Learning Time Sheets Due*

Week Nine

Oct. 29 - Fall Break ~ No Class


Oct. 31
Plenary: Natural Environment and Our Quest for Meaning ~ Professor David Hastings

Reading:
McKibben, Eaarth, Preface, (pp. xi - xv)
McKibben, Eaarth, Chapter 1: "A New World," (pp. 1 - 46)
McKibben, Eckerd College 2013 Commencement Address

Week Ten

Nov. 5
Section Meeting: Environment

Reading:
McKibben, Eaarth, Chapter 2: "High Tide," (pp. 47 - 101)
McKibben, Eaarth, Chapter 3: "Backing Off," (pp. 102 - 150)

Discuss:
Environmental Challenges


Nov. 7
Section Meeting: Environment

Reading:
McKibben, Eaarth, Chapter 4: "Lightly, Carefully, Gracefully," (pp. 151 - 212)

Discuss:
Environmental Challenges

Week Eleven

Nov. 12
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts in Action

Reading:
Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Parts I & II, (pp. 1 - 121)

Discuss:
Service Learning


Nov. 14
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts in Action

Reading:
Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Part III, (pp. 125 - 177)

Discuss:
Service Learning

Week Twelve

Nov. 19
Section Meeting: Liberal Arts in Action

Reading:
Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains, Parts IV, V, and Afterword, (pp. 181 - 301)

Discuss:
Ethics and Service Learning


Nov. 21

Section Meeting: "This I Believe" Presentations

*"This I Believe" Essay Due*

Week Thirteen

Nov. 26
Section Meeting: "This I Believe" Presentations


Nov 28 - Thanksgiving Break ~ No Class

Week Fourteen

Dec. 3
Section Meeting: "This I Believe" Presentations


Dec. 4

Festival of Hope - 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Dec. 5
Section Meeting: "This I Believe" Presentations

Discuss:
Evaluation and Sum-Up

*Service Learning Time Sheets & Reflective Paper Due*

Fall Plenary Sessions

10/1/13 Professor Davina Lopez - Faith and Our Quest for Meaning

10/10/13 Professor Arthur Skinner - Art and Our Quest for Meaning

10/17/13 Professor Anne Cox -Sciences and Our Quest for Meaning

10/31/13 Professor David Hastings - Natural Environment and Our Quest for Meaning