Autumn Course Highlights

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Can the People Rule?

Jack RakoveHow did our ideas about democracy as a universal norm evolve from a term once used to describe a handful of ancient Greek city-states? Would American democracy function better if we applied ancient practices that allowed the people to rule more directly and knowledgeably?

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Sustainability and Collapse

River image for Sustainability (TMAT)What does it mean to live sustainably?  How do our different definitions of nature — scientific, literary, cultural, and historical — shape the way we answer that question?

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The Science of MythBusters

Trip to Mythbusters setHow do scientists actually go about answering practical questions? How does science function as a way of understanding our world, and — importantly — how does it differ from other approaches?

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