List of past colloquium themes and books

2022-2023 Disability Visibility: Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, edited by Alice Wong

2021-2022 Race & Social Justice: Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson

2020-2021 OutbreakThe Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic — and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World, by Steven Johnson

2019-2020 Dirigo: When We Were the Kennedys: A Memoir from Mexico, Maine, by Monica Wood

2018-2019 Freedom of SpeechFree Speech for Me But Not For Thee by Nat Hentoff

2017-2018 TruthKnowledge: A Very Short Introduction by Jennifer Nagel

2016-2017 Climate change: Climate Changed: A Personal Journey Through the Science by Philippe Squarzoni

2015-2016 Interdisciplinarity

2014-2015 Innovation:  Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

2013-2014 Bioethics: The Immortal Life of Henriette Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2012-2013 Food: Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

2011-2012 Revolution: Talking About a Revolution: Interviews with Michael Albert, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Ehrenreich, bell hooks, Peter Kwong, Winona LaDuke, Manning Marable, Urvashi Vaid, and Howard Zinn by The South End Press Collective

2010-2011 Communication in the 21st Century: Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World by Naomi Baron

2009-2010 Economic Values: Meadowlark Economics: Collected Essays on Ecology, Community, and Spirituality by Jim Eggert

2008-2009 Environmental Sustainability: Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert

2007-2008 Health and Social Justice: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World by Tracy Kidder

2006-2007 Human Rights: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi

2005-2006 Immigration: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

2004-2005 Class in America: Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich

2003-2004 Families: This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff

2002-2003 War and Peace

2001-2002 Borderlands

2000-2001 Food

1999-2000 Technology and Human Affairs

1998-1999 Time

1997-1998 Religion and Spirituality

1995-1996 Death and Dying

1994-1995 Childhood