Campus Theme

Harvest ProjectEach year, Hartwick chooses a campus theme. As part of the theme, we offer unique courses, bring in national and international experts, and organize special activities such as films and museum exhibitions.

The campus theme gives the entire Hartwick community the opportunity to work together to learn about a complex and significant topic.

Students put each year’s theme into practice through student organizations, community involvement, class projects, internships, and senior theses — often making links among themes from various years as they discover interconnections.

The Campus Theme for 2015-2016, Food and Community, examines and celebrates the many ways that food touches human communities, whether by contributing to a community’s economic, physical, or spiritual well-being or by informing its cultural traditions and practices.

A sample of events surrounding this year’s theme included: 

  • Presentations:
    • Food and Community in Native America: The Ghost Horse Family
    • The 10 Things We Learned about Life from Goats: Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, the Beekman Boys
    • Who Controls Our Food System?: Wenonah Hauter
    • Wine to Water: Doc Hendley
  • Exhibits:
    • The Harvest Dinner Project
  • Experiences: A Trip to Farmers’ Museum Conference, A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community: Agritourism and the Business of Farming

Past themes include: 

  • Health and the Environment: Personal Courage and Community Activism
  • Exploration
  • Tools for Life
  • The Human Question
  • Consumption
  • Energy
  • Balance
  • Climate Change
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