The Human Question

What does it mean to be human?Campus Theme 2011-2012 Logo

The liberal arts offer a collective attempt to explore the question of what it means to be human. We expand our understanding of the world through intellectual pursuits, express our creativity through the arts, debate our differences through civil discourse, and celebrate our humanity through sports, games, and social events.

Tensions exist, however, between our individual identities and values and the social, spiritual, economic, and geographic communities in which humans belong. As informed and engaged citizens, we must work to build and sustain communities that connect us with one another. We must be willing to critically examine questions surrounding who we are, what we are doing, and whether we are doing the right thing.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, the Hartwick College Human Question Campus Theme will explore what it means to be human and how we can work-as individuals, as communities, and as a species-to sustain the human condition.

Three central questions will frame our discussion:

  • What does it mean to be human?
  • What is the meaning of community?
  • In what ways can humans meet the needs of a just, equitable, and sustainable society?

Throughout the year, the Campus Theme will engage the Hartwick community in an exploration of these questions from diverse perspectives and through topical sub-themes related to the human question.