First Mondays Event Series
The First Mondays Event series is a campus-wide forum that aims to engage all members of the CC community, including students, staff, administrators and faculty. The series creates opportunities for the whole community to gather, encouraging everyone to be part of the intellectual life of the college, and facilitating discourse among students, faculty, and staff, across courses, disciplines, and divisions. An all-campus reception follows each event.
Next up on First Mondays...
Explorer in Residence at National Geographic
Colorado College welcomes National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, Wade Davis back to campus for First Mondays in Block 4. Wade’s visionary work as an anthropologist, ethno-botanist, photographer, filmmaker and author earned him an honorary degree from CC in 2010. His lecture for Monday, November 25th titled: “Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdom Matters In The Modern World,” celebrates the wonder of the human imagination as expressed in every culture.
Wade’s illustrated lecture will take us to Polynesia to celebrate the ancient art of navigation, to the Amazon to visit the People of the Anaconda who live according to guidelines provided by mythological ancestors, and to the southern Cordilleras where indigenous peoples mediate upon our living Earth… and other locales from Australia to the Himalayas to the island of Borneo. Wade Davis’ explorations unveil a course of action for this century, a means to address the drastic patterns of climate change and cultural demise that impact plant and animal species, human ways of life, ancient skills and visionary wisdom. The fires of population expansion and climate warming jeopardize the vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination that resides in oral and written languages. Arising from the experiences and memories of countless elders and healers, warriors, farmers, fishermen, midwives, poets, and saints, these languages are, quite plainly, the artistic, intellectual, and spiritual expression of the full complexity and diversity of the human experience. Quelling these flames, and rediscovering a new appreciation for the diversity of the human spirit as expressed by culture, is among the central challenges of our times.