Institute of World Culture

Theme for 2017
FOSTERING HUMAN FELLOWSHIP THROUGH
GLOBAL CONVERSATIONS AND CREATIVE INNOVATION

Program for 2017

Seminar
Engaging Youth in "Citizen Science"

Saturday, January 14, 2017
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: Kim Miller

What happens when students actually do science? Something transformative occurs when young people actively work with real-world data relevant to authentic scientific investigations. What are the consequences for the development of the student and the improvement of society?

"Citizen Science" is a movement aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards that features global collaboration among professionals and amateurs, enabling students to collect data under the tutelage of professional researchers far away. This seminar will explore dimensions of various citizen science projects used in the public school system, and how this innovative collaboration fosters imaginative use of physical and mental resources of people all over the world, from all backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities, for the sake of furthering human knowledge and the welfare of all.

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Forum
Gandhi's Correspondence with Tolstoy, Tagore and President Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Roosevelt Rabindanath Tagore Mahatma Gandhi Leo Tolstoy

Saturday, January 28, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Concord House, 1407 Chapala Street, Santa Barbara
Presenter: James Tepfer

Gandhi's correspondence with inquirers across the globe and over many decades filled close to ninety volumes. Much of his correspondence was aimed at clarifying the meaning and potential application of Truth, non-violence and civil disobedience in a variety of social contexts. In so doing, he frequently addressed critics who posed challenging questions or exposed weaknesses in the theory and application of truth and non-violence. Whatever the issue addressed, Gandhi's letters embodied a spirit of civility and candor that are vital to any future global conversation on compelling political, social and economic problems.

This forum will selectively focus on Gandhi's correspondence with three eminent national leaders: Leo Tolstoy, Rabindranath Tagore and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Gandhi's correspondence with each individual was crucial to the evolution of his theory and practice of truth and non-violence as well as to the eventual independence of India.

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