Programming and Events

Education is a conversation, and the best conversations begin with real questions.

The Open Questions curriculum is built around four questions that everyone confronts: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do? One of the great rewards of a liberal arts education is the chance to engage these questions fully, seriously, intentionally, as part of an intellectual community. Together with professionals and scholars in all fields of knowledge, students explore these four questions from many different points of view, considering multiple answers and their meanings. Through grappling with these four questions, students prepare themselves to live thoughtfully and deliberately as human beings and as citizens.

What should matter to me?

  • Nov
    4
    , 2018
    :
    Requiem for a Runnng Back 2 Requiem for a Running Back
    WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO ME?

    Follow Director Rebecca Carpenter’s odyssey across America, as she learns about the brain disease that enveloped her father, Lew Carpenter, star running back and assistant coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers.

    7:30pm:
    Olin Auditorium
  • Nov
    5
    , 2018
    :
    Requiem for a Runnng Back 2 Requiem for a Running Back
    WHAT SHOULD MATTER TO ME?

    Follow Director Rebecca Carpenter’s odyssey across America, as she learns about the brain disease that enveloped her father, Lew Carpenter, star running back and assistant coach of the legendary Green Bay Packers.

    7:30pm:
    Olin Auditorium

How should we live together?


How can we understand the world?

  • Oct
    10
    , 2018
    :
    Steve Rittenhouse, GlaxoSmithKline Challenges of Antibiotic Drug Development
    SCIENCE AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING. Dr. Steve Rittenhouse explains how the ability of bacteria to rapidly evolve resistance makes the development of new antibiotics a challenging task indeed.
    7:00pm:
    Olin Auditorium
  • Feb
    4
    , 2019
    , 2019:
    Ann McKee Dr. Ann McKee
    SCIENCE AS A WAY OF UNDERSTANDING. Dr. McKee will speak about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease most commonly found in athletes participating in boxing, American football, ice hockey, other contact sports, and military service.
    7:00pm:
    TBD

What will I do?