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Theme Semester: Justice

An annual theme semester will showcase our college, our outstanding faculty, and the range and relevance of our innovative courses and programs while also illustrating our commitment to undergraduate education both in and outside the classroom.

 Theme Semester 2020  |  Justice

The Dean’s Office is delighted to announce that the theme of the inaugural Fall 2020 College of Arts and Sciences Theme Semester will be “Justice.”

Justice is an idea, topic, and aspiration that connects people across academic, political, and everyday spaces. Though a seemingly universal concept, the term is inextricably bound to political and cultural contexts that make it difficult to define: What kinds of (in)justice exist? What injustices should be addressed?  Whose definition of justice should prevail?

Theme Semester 2020 will offer opportunities for students, faculty, and community members to engage in debate, inquiry, and conversation about issues of justice relevant across arts and sciences disciplines—from social inequality, electoral politics, criminal justice, land use, biomedical innovation, and climate change, to health, immigration, international relations, law, language, ethics, and economics.

Join us this fall: Consider enrolling in one of our 36 Theme Semester courses, many of which will feature activities, speakers, and experiential learning opportunities specially designed around the Justice theme.  Or attend one of the exciting justice-related lectures, exhibits, webinars, or other co-curricular events we have planned.

Our programming calendar is still being finalized; check back frequently to find out the latest additions. If you have questions or ideas to share, please contact Cynthia Davis at or Christy Friend at

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