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Developing Leaders for a Sustainable Future

What is the mission of a liberal arts college? At least one answer is:

Liberal arts colleges endeavor to produce thoughtful, well-rounded, educated citizens of the world and productive members of society who accept a responsible role in supporting human rights and futurability.

  • futurability: "an ideal form of sustainability could help seek futurable states of human - environment interactions beyond the next few hundred years." - Research Institute for Humanity and Nature

The Native American World View was fostered by acute observations and interactions with the power of a tornado, a thunderstorm, the heat of a summer day, or the chilling cold air of a winter storm. The native people learned from the Earth; everything fit together in the Universe; everyone and everything had its role and responsibility.

Our culture has been greatly modified by technology. This is a good thing - better medical care, and a bad thing - a loss of connection with Mother Earth. For the most part, we are so isolated and protected from the issues of mere survival that we forget about the human rights of others which at least include life, health, and the pursuit of happiness. To support our lifestyle we have become conspicuous consumers and polluters, thereby denying many peoples of the world their basic human rights. We have lost the recognition that our relationship with the Earth is synergic.

While many of these issues are addressed throughout our curriculum, as a liberal arts college we have the responsibility to produce graduates who have the qualifications to demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship.

The Millsaps College Program for Futurability Studies would integrate and unite cross-discipline areas in the curriculum toward the end of producing " ... thoughtful, well-rounded, educated citizens of the world and productive members of society who accept a responsible role in supporting human rights and futurability."

Contact person: Jimmie Purser

For a PDF of the proposal, click here.


 

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