By Adam Brock
In order to graduate, every Gallatin student is required to participate in a colloquium: a 90-minute conversation with three professors around a topic of his or her choosing, centered around a list of 20-25 books.
My colloquium, “Designing the Regeneration,” took place last Friday. It focused on the shift towards thinking sustainably, and how it relates to ancient beliefs and contemporary trends. I was the first Gallatin student to opt for a Community Colloquium, as I felt the conversation wouldn’t have been complete without my community there.
The whole thing was recorded, and I’ve made it available for download as a set of zipped mp3s. Here are the tracks:
1. Introductions and colloquium format
2. My background
3. Sustainability and scaleability
4. Precedents from other cultures
5. Ancient texts: Plato, Genesis, Thomas More’s Utopia
6. Private property
7. The technology question/3 Shades of Green
8. Peak population, peak energy
9. Economic growth and international development
10. Our ethical imperative
11. Summary of systems thinking