Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Advanced Entry Seminar

Seminar Summaries

Although every effort will be made to place you in your first-choice Seminar, you may be placed in any Seminar.

Seminar assignments, once made, will not be changed. Notification of AES assignments will be mailed beginning in mid-June with further information about your Seminar including any summer assignment that may be required.

Gender Myths: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Myths are foundational stories that can explain why the world is the way it is, and offer cognitive tools for negotiating everyday as well as extraordinary circumstances.  This class will explore a range of myths from around the world that convey what it means to be a human being in particular cultures through the lenses of gender and sexuality.  Some of the guiding questions will be: How do sex and gender vary across space, place, and time?  Why is the world gendered and sexed?  What are the consequences of living in a sexed and gendered world? 

Prosperity Without Economic Growth?

Our “rich” modern lives emerged from historically unprecedented economic growth over the last two centuries.  While in recent years global growth has slowed, it is commonly assumed that in due course the world economy will resume its former rate of growth.  This assumption invites three questions that we will explore.  First, given the planet’s finite supply of natural resources, is continued growth possible?  Second, in rich nations is perpetual economic growth still desirable?  That is, do yet more economic goods improve citizens’ well-being?  Finally, if growth is not the goal, then what is the appropriate aim of economic policies?