Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Experience and Experiment
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This ten-week program is designed to give students an intensive interdisciplinary introduction to critical and creative reading and writing, on the one hand, and scientific lab and field work, on the other. Our curriculum aims to identify parallels between the sciences and the humanities in order to articulate transdisciplinary theories and practices that are adequate to the urgent scientific, ethical, and political questions that confront our cultural moment.
We will explore how observation and analysis are vital to both the sciences and the humanities and will apply these skills across a variety of fields. We will experiment both with writing styles and with lab equipment. We will read from a wide range of authors, genres, and time periods. We will collect both qualitative and quantitative observations of the world around us and observe how our surroundings change with time and with location. We will learn to consider observations critically, coming up with multiple hypotheses that might explain these observations and finding ways to determine which of these hypotheses are most likely to be correct.
We will ask, and try to answer, tough questions that challenge how we view the world. How can we observe, identify, describe, define, and analyze the objects of our inquiry—whether that be a 14-line sonnet on the page of a book, or a meter-squared quadrat in the forest? And how might we devise experiments that can sharpen our understanding of experience?
This program will give you the chance to stretch your creative, analytical, logical, and critical muscles while preparing you for a successful course of study at Evergreen. No experience necessary, some assembly required, all students welcome. We proceed on the premise that there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear. So come prepared to write and to find joy in exploration; bring a good notebook, a good writing utensil, and a desire for discovery. The only way to do this right is by writing, by playing around in lab, by oscillating between disciplines and also between experience and experiment.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
chemistry, communication, environmental studies, literature, writing
Class Size: 50
100% Reserved for Freshmen
Scheduled for: Day
First meeting:Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 10:00 am
Located in: Olympia