RU Revolutionary: Rutgers and the Making of the 20th Century
Honors Colloquium is the mission course for the School of Arts & Sciences Honors Program. The course is designed to stimulate intellectual curiosity; to develop students’ ability to discuss, reason, and think critically, and to make connections across a range of disciplinary categories; to provide students with a taste of all that a major research university has to offer inside and outside the classroom; and to develop a sense of community among Honors students.
In conne ction with the Rutgers 250 celebration, the Fall 2016 Honors Colloquium will pursue these goals by exploring the path breaking achievements of the men and women who studied, taught, and conducted research at Rutgers in the 20th century. We will explore Rutgers as the site of cutting-edge change in a variety of fields from science, to economics, to the fine arts, to new practices of education. From Paul Robeson to Milton Friedman, from Black and Latino student activists to Second Wave feminists, from the “happenings” of avant-garde artists to innovative experiments in our science labs, Rutgers University provided the support and social context in which individuals were inspired to push the boundaries and ask “why?” and “why not?”
What made Rutgers revolutionary? What were the combined factors -- including broader social and political forces, the role of key individuals, changes in the university, and transformations in modes of the production of knowledge -- that made revolutionary breakthroughs possible? In addition, we’ll explore how Rutgers’ location in New Brunswick and its engagement with the community helped foster social change and intellectual transformation.
We will also raise a broader set of questions regarding the university: What is a university? What is the role of universities in American society? How do universities foster creativity and social change? How can students like you make a difference during your four years at Rutgers?