Monday, Oct. 5  11 am – 1 pm

Student-led seminars in your assigned seminar rooms: BA in COM 308B, TAS in 308E, CK in 308

Nicholas Carr, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us. You should begin by re-reading the introduction and chapter 1; last week’s activities should make this reading of those bits fresh.  Read the whole book.  Also read Michael Sacacas, “Do artifacts have ethics?” et seq.


Seminar Ticket, Due Monday (two copies).  The two-part prompt is:

Part One: “The choices we make, or fail to make, about which tasks we hand off to computers and which we keep for ourselves are not just practical or economic choices. They’re ethical choices. They shape the substance of our lives…” (Carr, 18). After you have finished the Carr book, read that sentence again, then sit in front of your computer or just hold your phone in front of you for, maybe, five minutes. Try, simply, to keep track of the thoughts that occur to you as you are in the company of that technology but NOT using it. Then read, or re-read, all the pieces of Sacacas’ entries under “Do Artifacts Have Ethics?” Pay special attention to his 41 questions and the anecdote about the Amish. Then, with your computer or phone in mind, write responses to three questions you select from this subset of Sacacas’ 41questions: numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 32, 36, 40, 41.

Part Two: Next, please identify a passage from the latter half of the book that bewilders you or challenges your way of thinking. Quote it, and cite the page number.  A passage is similar to a paragraph, but it doesn’t have to be a complete paragraph. It’s definitely more than a word or a sentence. Then, write a paragraph about your chosen passage saying what bewilders and/or challenges you about it and how your colleagues might best enter into a conversation with you about it.


  • Choose someone to facilitate the group and then seminar for 90 minutes, using your seminar ticket to help you get started
  • For the last 30 minutes of your the two-hour seminar time, pair up with your “editor of first resort”, or whomever is available, and give feedback to each other on your seminar tickets.
  • Rewrite your ticket for Tuesday’s seminar (bring one typed copy with you to the seminar).
  • Bill and Terry’s groups: email your seminar faculty and all members of your peer group by 4PM today about seminar and anything relevant that happened between the end of seminar and when you sent the email. This e-missive will allow you and your addressees to get a deeper sense for something that happened in this seminar. It should be written in two parts:
    • Part One: a description of something that actually happened in seminar (which is not a report claiming or asserting that things happened or seemed to have happened; a description requires more detail). This will be challenging, but try to present a real event in written form. Work to reveal to yourself and others what you thought and what you found important or distracting; this writing will be part of your learning (not just a matter of more schoolish documentation). If you do not attempt an imaginative description of something that happened, your writing will be returned so you can give it another go. Remember: you have readers, not “graders”, on the end of your line.


    • Part Two: the questions that remain open and alive for you after the seminar (i.e., questions you pursued only to encounter new questions or revised versions of your original objects of pursuit). THIS IS NOT YOUR REVISED SEMINAR TICKET FOR TUESDAY

Tuesday, Oct. 6 – noon-3:00 in COM 110.


  • Your answers to “the 4 questions” and any other writing about your independent project – typed 
  • A typed synthesis paper of what you learned in your first week of the program (which we started at the end of class on Thursday).  Two parts:  1. What did you learn during week 1 and 2. what questions or curiosities or needs do you have around your learning as we move into week 3.
  • Readings:

Seminar 3:00-5:00 in COM 308, 308B, 308E

Due:   Re-written seminar ticket (revised from  Monday)

Wednesday, October 7 – 9:00 – 11:30 COM 110

9:00-11:00 – all-program meeting.  Please read Sherry Turkle, “Stop Googling. Let’s Talk” and “Talk to Each Other, Not Your Phone,” New York Times 9/26/15 & 10/1/15.

11:30-1:00 – Experimental Theater, COM to hear Cassie Thornton Evergreen Art Lecture Series 

Thursday, October10:00-1:00 CRC 116 – 117

Read and bring with you : 37-61 – Yoga for a World Out of Balance

WEAR LAYERED, LOOSE CLOTHING FOR MOVEMENT.  BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE. AND YOUR JOURNAL (and art supplies if you have them – pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons etc.)