Alumni College

Enjoy engaging seminars with some of Puget Sound's favorite professors, minus the papers and tests! Alumni College sessions will be offered on Friday and Saturday (June 6 - 7) during Summer Reunion Weekend 2014.

Alumni College 2014: "Journey Around the World"

Schedule of Alumni College Sessions for the 2014 Reunion Weekend

Friday, June 6, 2014

Robin Jacobson, Associate Professor of Politics and Government
2:15 - 3:35 p.m.


Is America a Christian Nation?:
Religion and Politics at the Founding and Today

This class explores the role of religion in US politics looking at both institutions and political identity. What do the freedom of religion clauses in the first amendment mean today and what were they designed to mean? Looking at the changing relationship between religion and formal political institutions over time gives us leverage on understanding the power of historical context to define our liberties. We also look at the relationship between religion and politics outside of government institutions asking what role religion plays in the construction of our national identity.



Friday, June 6, 2014

Peter Hodum, Assistant Professor of Biology

3:40 - 5 p.m.


Connecting the hemispheres:
Challenges and Opportunities in Trans-boundary Conservation

Conservation of threatened and endangered species is made even more challenging when those species are highly migratory and move across large spatial scales.  For such species, effective conservation necessarily crosses cultures, national boundaries and even hemispheres.  In this course, we will discuss the phenomenon of wide-ranging species and the challenges and opportunities involved with conserving them using different approaches, from the scientific to the artistic. 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Kristin Johnson, Associate Professor, Science, Technology and Society Program
9:30 - 10:50 a.m.


Reading Darwin

Everyone - and every discipline - reads Charles Darwin's Origin of Species a bit differently. In this course, you will be guided through how historians of science read this classic book. We will begin by placing each line of the introduction in historical context, in order to create an historical portrait of Darwin's life and work. This immersion in Darwin's time will prepare us for taking a look at his grand concluding chapter as Victorians might have read it. 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Alumni Leaders Panel
Moderated by Monica DeHartProfessor of Anthropology & Sociology, and Director of Latin American Studies

11 a.m. - Noon


Joining Professor DeHart will be panelists Chad Haines '86, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies, Arizona State University; Clinton Wong '10, Social Entrepreneur; and Erin Carlson '04, Recruitment Supervisor, Northwest Regional Office of Peace Corps.