COVID-19: Essential Information

First Year Seminar Annual Theme

One of the great strengths of the First Year Seminar program is the diversity of intellectual approaches to knowledge representing a wide range of fields. In an effort to foster inter-seminar connections between students and highlight how different disciplines can offer unique perspectives while also cumulatively enriching the understanding of a given topic, the First Year Seminar Program is partnering with other programs and offices to offer events in the fall and spring semesters organized around an annual theme and targeted specifically at first-year students.

For the 2021-22 academic year, the theme is Justice.

In order to gain a better understanding of the intellectual offerings of the College and to connect with peers, all students enrolled in First Year Seminars in Fall 2021 are required to attend two of the following three big events this semester:

  • The Clifford Symposium -- Radical Implications: Facing a Planetary Emergency
    Date/Time: September 23-25
  • Museum Exhibition -- Art & Protest: Artists As Agents of Social Change
    Date/Time: September 14 to December 12 (first-year student participation events scheduled for the month of October)
  • Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series Panel, "Approaches to Justice Across Disciplines" -- Faculty representatives of each academic division discuss their fields.
    Date/Time: November 10, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

We anticipate including on an ongoing basis a number of talks, films, and performances that will intersect with the annual theme. The list of relevant events and ways to participate will be updated here regularly. All first-year students are strongly encouraged to attend as many of these events as possible.