Into the Woods Experiments in Community, Sustainability, and the Examined Life A DISTANCE DIGITAL LIBERAL ARTS COURSE FROM COPLACDIGITAL FALL 2017 | 1 - 2:15 PM EASTERN TIME, MONDAY & WEDNESDAY
As a society we search for alternatives to the hurried life, alternatives Henry David Thoreau famously described as living “deliberately.” This has given rise to communities that practice a sustainable mode of living based on contemplation of nature and thoughtful reflection about life. Some of these communities put down roots in a physical location, where they create a life based on shared values. But in addition to these "intentional communities,” there are also “communities of practice” that exchange ideas about living thoughtfully and sustainably while occupying a digital, rather than physical, space. Students in this course will investigate intentional communities and communities of practice, past or present, connected in some way to their own localities. They will chronicle the unique history and principles of that community. As a class, we will study the similarities and differences between these communities and ask whether their experiments suggest any general conclusions about the nature of community and the challenges involved in creating and sustaining communities that seek a better world.
Instructors Paul Schacht, Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo Debra Schleef, Professor of Sociology, University of Mary Washington Nominations from faculty and administrators will be accepted until Friday, March 10, 2017.
Nominate students at bit.ly/COPLACNomination
Course Video at bit.ly/IntoWoodsVideo
Generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
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