Category Archives: Humanities

October 12th, 2020 by 
Exploring Philosophy with The Good Place Whether you are a fan of The Good Place or have never seen it before, this class is set up to be enjoyable and informational for all. Is it ever okay to lie? What makes a good friend? How should you make a decision? These are just some of the questions we'll tackle. In four separate 7-week classes, we will watch each season of The Good Place and explore its philosophical and ethical themes. Each week, we will have a live discussion over the previous week’s episodes. The final two class periods will be reserved for final …
October 4th, 2020 by 
Science: A Way of Knowing This is an interdisciplinary class that introduces science as a social practice, a historical endeavor, and as a way of interacting with policy and law. Drawing from university level History of Science, Philosophy of Science, and Science and Technology Studies, this course will present these ideas at a middle school level. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Section 2: March 18-April 22 All 3 PartsPart 1 OnlyPart 2 OnlyPart 3 OnlyClass Details Section 2 Part 1: March 18-March 25 Part 2: April 1-April 8 Part 3: April 15-April 22 Class Size: 2-8 participants Age Range: 11-14 (10 …
August 28th, 2020 by 
Our Robot Overlords: Cyborgs and A.I. in Media We will discuss and explore the topic of artificial intelligence as portrayed in media and discussed in the public sphere. More and more, computer-based decision making and algorithms are becoming part of our lives. While there are realistic doubts, we have many cautionary tales in movies and books about the dangers of AI run amok and destroying humanity. Should we welcome our AI overlords or keep them under human control? Why are some people anxious or fearful about artificial intelligence, and why are some excited about bringing Alexa into our homes? Taught …
June 8th, 2020 by 
Understanding Identity: Introduction to Intersectionality Studies “Identity” is a concept that we see many people discuss and share today.  In this course, we will learn how identity is thought of, expressed, and talked about. We will also explore historical and social contexts for how people with different identities have been treated when they were not in the majority.   We will also explore the concept of "intersectionality," which is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. We will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ …