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Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 5
Description: The social and environmental imperative of sustainability is proving to be an impasse of global proportions, requiring a re-evaluation of our worldview precepts and life practices including, but not limited to, liberty, choice, convenience, autonomy, sufficiency, possession, participation. This is particularly true for those of us living in, and as part of, the 'global-less-than-5%' where "buying green" risks becoming the antithesis of "being green." Becoming sustainable beings necessitates changing perception, cognition and motivation; changing our relationship to the structures and systems of life-support and livelihood; requires self-design and sustainable thinking. The aims of this workshop are: to identify fundamental conflicts that undermine the holistic adoption of sustainability in our lives and chosen areas of study; develop new skills and criteria of critical thinking, integrating personal growth with practical innovation; and outline new philosophical schema for metabolizing these code-changes for sustainable praxis. In a hybrid laboratory "part consciousness-raising, part think-tank" students are expected to engage readings, demonstrate self-evaluative perspective, engage in critical dialogue; and keep a personal journal on the theme of discernment.