Exploration

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be
to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
- T. S. Eliot

Can the very act of exploration be viewed as a means for developing (or even expressing) curiosity, courage, and commitment to a more just and sustainable world?

The Liberal Arts are rooted in learning as an act of exploration: Who are we as individuals? What do we mean by community? How does nature work?

Studies of mind, body, and spirit; of the material world, moral dilemmas, and historical phenomena; of sound and movement, word and image, color and shape - these are all instances of exploratory learning, of an unending struggle to understand the nature of our existence and our role as human beings.

We have constructed vast realms of knowledge about ourselves and the world around us, but deeper questions persist. During the 2013-14 academic year, the Hartwick College Exploration campus theme will undertake academic, co-curricular, and community-based explorations that consider what we can learn from past explorations, examine the current limits of our knowledge, and prepare for the frontiers of the future.

Campus Theme Committee Members:
Kim Noling, Dean of Academic Affairs
Amy Forster Rothbart, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Bob Bensen, Professor of English
Chad E. Christensen, Assistant Director of Student Success
Roderick F. Coffey '14
Paul Coleman, Director of the Library & Information Resources
Megan Fallon, Director of Campus Activities
Katherine Kreisher, Professor of Art
Zoey Lee '16
Mansir Petrie, Associate Director of Global Education and Service Learning
Katherine S. Purcell '14
Deanna J. Rivella '16
Jenna R. Rodrigues '14
Karl Seeley, Associate Professor of Economics
Catherine Winters '14

For more information on the 2013-2014 campus theme, or to get involved, email campustheme@hartwick.edu. To learn more about applying for funding for your campus theme program, visit the campus theme Request for Proposals page.