NyeLearn about current events and film making in this project based class. StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual, national video documentary competition for middle school and high school students. The competition encourages students to critically analyze an issue of interest and create a 5-6 minute documentary about that topic. The focus of the competition is to provide the opportunity for students to voice their opinions on current events. The topic of the documentary will be announced in September. In the past, our C-Span class tackled the constitution and the president’s agenda and interviewed a state senator, and experts on their topics.

1.5 hr, Fridays, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

There are some things you want to do, and some things you have to do.
But is there anything you truly "ought" to do?  What if anything do we
owe to other people (or animals, or ourselves)?  You've probably heard
it said that we should treat other people like we want to be treated.
But why?  What if they don't want to be treated that way?  Are there
any genuine moral or ethical facts?  Are they just relative to
culture?  Do the ends always justify the means, or are there some
things we shouldn't do no matter what good may come of them?  What
does it mean to be a good person?  This discussion-based class will be
a comprehensive survey of normative ethics, meta-ethics, and applied
ethics.  Special topics include: killing, liberty, punishment,
equality, and justice.

1 hr, Fridays, 10:00am - 11:00am

Description & Teacher TBD

1.5 hr,  Mondays, 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Does time really pass?  If so, how fast?  One second per second?  (But
that's not a speed, is it?)  If we travel through time, could we move
any faster toward the future?  Could we travel backward in time?  If
not, is that because of some law of physics, or a more basic law of
logic?  If you went back in time, could you change the past?  Would
you want to?  What can thinking carefully about the possibility of
time travel teach us about free will, the nature of consciousness, and
personal identity over time?  This seminar-style course looks closely
at the physics and philosophy of time travel.  We'll use
science-fiction (film and literature) to make the pertinent logical
paradoxes, cosmology, and quantum-mechanics more tangible.
No special physics or philosophy background required.

1 hr, Fridays, 9:00am - 10:00am