Adult Summer Programs

Last year's summer course on persuasion was so popular, we've decided to continue to offer virtual summer programs for the lifelong learners among us. These courses are open to anyone over the age of 18. 

Origin Stories: A Course in Ancient Literature, Myth, and Modern Science

How did the world begin? How did we get here? And what are we supposed to do about it? From ancient times to the present day poets, philosophers, theologians, and scientists have offered various answers to these questions. A comparative myth course at heart, Origin Stories invites participants to compare creation “myths” from literature ancient and modern. Participants will discover what each of these stories says, and doesn’t say, about the origin of our universe and ourselves, compare the answers these literatures provide, and explore what those answers are supposed to mean to us. Our texts include creation stories from Genesis (1,000-600 BCE), the Babylonian Enuma Elish (1100 BCE), Hesiod’s Theogony (700BCE), Presocratics philosophers (625-575 BCE), Lucretius’ On the Nature of Things (55 BCE), Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1876), and Steven Hawking's A Brief History of Time (1988).

Symposiarch: Seth Holm
Cost: $250; net proceeds will benefit financial aid for Global Immersion Programs.
Ages: 18+
Dates: Tuesdays between June 15 and July 13th. Classes will meet virtually (or in-person when possible!) from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EST.

Culture on Celluloid - Exploring Multiculturalism Through Cinema

Cinema, for long, has been a profound and accessible medium that reflects and shapes society and culture. This course will examine the ways in which film can both respond to and shape social events and perspectives. Through discussions of popular films, we will analyze political, social, multicultural trends that shape our country. These discussions will provide us with windows and mirrors into our own identities, illuminate biases and blindspots, as we navigate the changing and diverse landscape we (and our children) inhabit.

Symposiarchs: Radha Mishra, Otis Douce
Cost: $250; net proceeds will benefit financial aid for Global Immersion Programs
Ages: 18+
Dates: Thursdays between June 17 and July 15th. Classes will meet virtually from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. EST.

Adult Summer Program Registration