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What’s at Stake with Steak: Perspectives on the Meat Industry in the United States

by Renata Anuhea Sebstad, 13F Last summer, through the Ethics and the Common Good Internship Grant, I traveled across the United States to find out “what’s at stake with steak?” My studies had left me with questions like; how do we value meat? How do we care for the animals we’ve domesticated for food, and […]

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Telling Stories, Shifting Culture

Saturday, June 2nd from 10:45am-12pm, Kern 106
A panel discussion at this year’s Div IV: Hampshire in Action on where we can find the support we need to stay engaged in creating the change we want to see in the world, and what tools and practices enable us to cultivate critical connections, build resilient relationships and strengthen communities.

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Silence, Breath, and Empathy

A lyric essay by Jamila Jackson I have spent the last few years at Hampshire developing the Embodied Leadership Project. My intention with the project has been to facilitate experiential learning around the topics of empathy and emotional intelligence. I understand both of these things to be embodied and relational skills. Advocating within academia for […]

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CS 250: Environmental Ethics

With Laura Sizer Most ethical debates concern moral obligations towards human beings. But what moral obligations – if any – do we have towards non-human entities? Do non-human animals have rights? Do trees and rivers? What about entire ecosystems? What might be the basis for such rights and obligations? We will discuss how traditional ethical […]

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CSI 202: Radical Listening

With Laura Greenfield What does it mean to listen radically? This course focuses on the role of listening in communication practices geared towards sociopolitical transformation. Moving beyond listening as performance or listening as merely “active,” we will explore what kinds of listening practices open up opportunity for ethical change to happen. In particular, we will […]

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HACU 299: Blackness and the Aesthetic: Philosophical Reflections on Aliveness, Play, Satire, and the Ordinary

With Monique Roelefs Recognizing the centrality of aesthetic frameworks and concepts to black thought and cultural production, this course examines conceptual frames and artistic/literary strategies that shape the burgeoning field of Black Aesthetics. What role do evolving notions of aesthetics, politics, and blackness play in shifts that are occurring in the field? How do philosophical […]

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NS 124: HIV/AIDS: 35 Years Later

With Megan Dobro When the HIV virus was first identified as the cause of AIDS, people never imagined we still wouldn’t have a cure 35 years later. What’s happened in all that time? What is taking so long? In this seminar, we will read about the milestones of HIV research and discuss why finding a […]

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CSI 221: Restricting Bodies, Building Boundaries: Population Control and its Impacts

With Anne Hendrixson Populationism refers to “ideologies that attribute social and ecological ills to human numbers” (Butler and Angus 2011, xxi). In this class, we will examine three dimensions of populationism: demo-, geo- and bio. Demopopulationism refers to knowledges, practices and policies that blame human numbers for global problems in order to rationalize efforts to […]

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IA 265: Praxis: Facilitating Collaborative Learning for Social Change

Co-facilitated by Natalie Sowell and Javiera Benavente In this course, we will explore various theories and practices that support collective group process, shared learning, and collaborative actions with the aim of creating more just and resilient communities. Through reading, discussion, reflective exercises, and intentional community engagement, we will seek answers to questions such as: How […]

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HACU 258: Abundance: Making Art and Politics With and From a Land-base

With Kara Lynch What are sustainable practices that expand and promote our vision of freedom? This course will focus on installation and community engaged art practices in conversation with diverse media and the local ecosystem. The thematic focus of the seminar will critically engage in the question: How can we create a dynamic practice in […]

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