Ed Bowen, Director of the University of Portland’s Honors Program, has developed a sustainability-themed honors program that begins with a week-long colloquium for high-achieving freshman from all majors. The week will focus on food issues, starting with lessons on local food and moving to regional and global issues. The roundtable will discuss the evolution of the colloquium curriculum and the challenges of choosing a theme that allows students to learn about sustainability in an engaging and empowering way without being completely overwhelmed and depressed.
UP’s Honors Program is built around the University's fundamental questions, which inform the entire core curriculum, including “Who am I becoming?”, “How does the world work?”, “How could the world work better?”, and “How do relationships and communities function?” By weaving the topics of food, food security and sustainability into discussions around the fundamental questions, Ed hopes to create an intense week-long experience that springboards the students into becoming catalysts for change on campus and in the world. By October, the weeklong colloquium will be completed, and we hope to share best practices and gather suggestions from the audience for continuing the honors students' sustainability education throughout their four years on campus and beyond.
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/heather_burns/13/