Honors Colloquium

Spring 2015 Honors Colloquium: To Begin Again

01:090:112 The theme of Spring 2015 Colloquium will be "To Begin Again."

The Spring 2015 Honors Colloquium will continue with this year's common reading, James Howard Kunstler's World Made by Hand, a vision of post-apocalyptic America. In the Fall semester, the Colloquium focused on end-time scenarios, with discussions of "apocalyptic history," "extinction," "catastrophe," and "environmental destruction and choices." In the Spring, we will turn the page to explore what happens when survivors come together, "To Begin Again."

The theme suggests the challenges that come with change, dealing with loss and new possibilities, and the ways that values, expectations, and plans are shaped and re-shaped. Kunstler's story raises many critical questions: what is a community, and when does one belong? Who is included or excluded? What is gained or lost by encounters with a new world?

Critically, what skills and knowledge are valuable, and which seem to lose their use and purpose? What should be preserved from the past? How does one organize a new society? How to rebuild the things that, today, we take for granted? Should things, in fact, be rebuilt the same? Who should be in charge?

Students will be invited to think about how their own journeys through life--including coming to the university--require reflection, change, and finding themselves in a situation "To Begin Again."