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An Annual Tradition
Fontbonne University welcomes you to a unique academic experience-it's what we call our dedicated semester.
This collaborative initiative encourages the entire university-students, faculty and staff-to explore a single theme each fall semester. The inaugural effort was introduced in fall 2007 when the university examined "Judaism and Its Cultures."
In addition to courses offered by many of our academic departments, there will be films, panels, speakers and events, all designed to give students an opportunity to learn in detail about the semester's chosen topic. We will also involve the local community in relevant ways in order to extend the focus of this endeavor beyond our campus borders.
Fontbonne's Seventh Dedicated Semester
Sustainability is the conscious behavior that maintains healthy, long-lasting, and beneficial environmental, social, and economic systems, and fosters community well-being through the stewardship of interdependent and valuable resources. The idea of sustainability incorporates individual responsibility in decision making and life-style choices, as well as societal participation, corporate activities, politics and global citizenship.
During the fall semester of 2013 the Fontbonne University community will embark on its seventh dedicated semester focused on sustainability. We have developed academic coursework that explores sustainability from scientific, ethical, behavioral, business and literary perspectives. In addition there will be selected speakers, films, trips and activities scheduled throughout the semester that will expand your understanding of sustainability and broaden your perspectives. How we plan and how we act goes to the core of who we are, both individually and as a society. It involves our basic belief systems, politics, business practices, consumerism and our consideration of others. Our choices not only affect others with whom we share the planet, but also those who will inherit it from us.
Special care will be taken to seek and include diverse perspectives on the shared benefits inherent in the identification and adoption of sustainable practices, including, but not limited to;
- Cultural and religious traditions and value systems
- Commercial and technological initiatives
- Governance, justice, and the allocation of resources
- Environmental and agricultural practices
- Care for the dear neighbor in health, wellness, education, and human capacity.
We invite you to join us by enrolling in classes and participating in activities that can hopefully inspire and possibly challenge each of us to evaluate our choices and actions as we live and work on an increasingly populated and complicated planet.
Join in the semester long inquiry by enrolling in dedicated semester courses and participating in activities and events that will challenge your viewpoint and expand your thoughts on food. To stay up-to-date with all the current activities and events, please "like us" on Facebook: www.facebook.com/fontbonnededicatedsemester