Theme: 2018-2019: Power
Knowledge is power and there’s power in numbers. Beauty is power and there’s power in words. In reason and faith there is power, in desire and imagination, in love and violence, in music and money. Class power entwines with racial power, entangled with state power, interlaced with sexual power, integrated with gender power, enfolded with willpower. Some say history is made through struggles for power, others that power grows out of the barrel of a gun, or emanates from an omnipotent God. But what do we do when the power goes out? What, in the end, is power?
Power is the theme of the 2018-2019 College Colloquium Series at Lebanon Valley College. In this yearlong engagement with the multifarious faces and aspects of power – through visiting and resident scholars, films, curricular and co-curricular activities, and more – we invite the campus and larger community to participate in a collaborative critical interrogation of some of our contemporary era’s most vital, yet slippery, realities and notions.
The mission of the LVC Colloquium is threefold: (1) to provide students with the opportunity for a unifying intellectual experience that cuts across disciplinary and departmental boundaries by devoting a year's programming to a sustained treatment of a subject, theme, or problem through conversations, lectures, roundtables, films, and integrated course materials; (2) to encourage the open and informed exchange of ideas within the College and the local community by bringing in leading thinkers, authors, scientists, and policy makers; and (3) to introduce students and faculty to important figures within their respective fields of study and expertise by inviting guest speakers to relevant classes, and/or hosting dinners or receptions so that students and faculty have the opportunity for more informal and intimate exchanges.
For additional information about the College Colloquium Series, view a short video here.