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Living Learning Communities

2014-15 LLC Theme and Faculty Director Announcement

In conjunction with the Living Learning Communities Committee, we are pleased to announce the themes and faculty directors for the 2014-15 academic year.

For further information about the program, please explore our website!


Change LLC Theme LogoCHANGE

Faculty Director: Jane Friedman, Mathematics

Change is the only constant; it is our perpetual companion. How do changes in genes and the environment drive biological evolution? How does history mark the passage of human change? What role does mathematics play in the notion of change? How do we create communication technologies, and how do these technologies change us? How does a rapidly changing world understood by such technologies manifest itself in new ways of artistic expression? How do we judge the costs and benefits of new alternatives in a constantly changing global economy? Search for answers to these questions and develop and explore your own questions about change in this LLC.

Faith & Reason LLC Theme LogoFAITH AND REASON

Faculty Director: Ron Pachence, Theology & Religious Studies

What is the relationship between faith and reason? Science and religion? How is it possible to experience the presence of the Sacred in the ordinary experience of everyday life? Sometimes people who take pride in the power of human intellect look down on religion as a crutch for those who rely on the wisdom that comes from a “higher power”. Religious communities sometimes assume that if a scientific theory contradicts their faith, it must be an error. This LLC is for students who see faith and reason as complementary ways of human nature, and are curious about the world and our place in it. Everyone is welcome to participate in this dynamic community: Catholic students, students from other Christian denominations and faith traditions, as well as those who are searching for religious identity.

Globalization LLC Theme LogoGLOBALIZATION

Faculty Director: Alyson Ma, Economics

What does it mean to live in an increasingly global society? How do we participate in experiences outside of our national borders and comfort zones? Does the possibility of enriching life through increasing integration outweigh the potential new problems created? Are our cultural commonalities stronger than our cultural differences? The culture of any particular place is under the profound influence of past and present cultures around the world. How does the rise of technology shape our economic, political, social, and cultural identities? Will increased globalization cause a greater depletion of our natural resources? Can globalization and sustainable development coexist? Together students and faculty will explore the interconnectedness of our ever-shrinking world in the Globalization community.


Faculty Director: Kathryn Statler, History

This LLC is a community of first-year honors students dedicated to academic excellence. It will serve as your connection to a challenging and rewarding liberal arts education as you join the vibrant company of scholars to explore the universe of human knowledge. You will learn to make your own connections among a vast range of classes, disciplines and ideas, and turn old knowledge into new insights. The Honors LLC is no ordinary first-year program; it marks the beginning of a lifelong quest for knowledge, enlightenment, self-improvement and social progress.


Intersections LLC Theme LogoINTERSECTIONS

Faculty Director: Alan Gin, Economics

This LLC explores the physical and human elements that form community. How do people build and maintain communities? What roles do physical proximity, technology, and diversity play in the development of urban communities? What happens when cultures clash, coexist, and come together? How does difference intersect in complex economic and political systems shaped by the contours of power and privilege? San Diego’s location on the border with Mexico provides an interesting and international lens through which we can view these questions. Discover first-hand these intersections in the urban classroom that is America’s eighth largest city.

Natural World LLC Theme LogoTHE NATURAL WORLD

Faculty Director: Lisa Baird, Biology

Are you interested in all dimensions of scientific thinking? Have you ever wondered about the responsibilities scientists have to the local, national and global community? Is science and discovery displayed in the visions of artists and actors? Can a biologist, philosopher, anthropologist and economist contribute equally to the advancement of science? If you are interested in all aspects of human discovery, this LLC will explore common questions about scientific discovery, ethical and responsible science, and the consequences of scientific knowledge. Throughout your first year you will explore fundamental questions about the sciences through multiple lenses.

Social Justice LLC Theme LogoSOCIAL JUSTICE

Faculty Director: May Fu, Ethnic Studies

The Social Justice community is ideal for students who are interested in analyzing contemporary, economic, and historical issues of peace and justice in local, national, and global contexts. Together they will live, learn, and investigate social activism, social change, and the philosophical foundations of justice. What is activism? Is it human nature to value social justice? How can their academic experience be linked to justice issues and the San Diego community?


Space Place Sound LLC Theme LogoSPACE PLACE SOUND

Faculty Director: Evelyn Kirkley, Theology & Religious Studies

Have you ever wondered about the variety of spaces humans construct? Have you pondered your place in the universe? How have ideas about space and place changed over time? How can art, performance or music transform a contemporary space into a sacred space or a magnificent space? How does technology shape our relationship to space, place, and sound? What turns a space into a place of belonging, a home? Explore these questions through the context of history, art, architecture, music, the cosmos and especially the imagination.


Sustainability LLC Theme LogoSUSTAINABILITY

Faculty Director: Drew Talley, Marine Science and Environmental Studies

Do you think USD can become a carbon neutral campus? Can environmental awareness be expressed in art or poetry? What is ecological stewardship? How can the sciences, social sciences and humanities collaborate to create an environmentally sustainable world? Explore these questions with your peers in the context of positive environmental change and practice "green living." Whether you are interested in sustainable fisheries, cultures of environmentalism or graphic depictions of environmental living, this LLC invites all who are interested in sustaining our environment.