Renew Your Quest - An Intellectual Summer Retreat for Adults
Join us for our "Renew Your Quest" summer program for adults. You'll get to experience the intellectual electricity of a Quest seminar, and enjoy the spectacular natural setting of our campus, staying in our luxurious condos and eating both on campus and at local stops of interest.
We will offer the academic courses outlined below from 9am to noon each day. In the afternoons and evenings you will be free to explore our beautiful local area or participate in guided hikes, excursions, and optional activities including lectures and discussions of educational philosophy and pedagogy.
Political Language, Media, and Political Thinking: Eric Gorham
How do politicians employ and deploy words to achieve their objectives? What role has media played in politics and how has this changed? How do North Americans think about politics? These are the central questions in this course. We will examine whether or not "the medium is the message" and how messages are conveyed in modern political discourse. Combining classic texts in political theory, media and communication studies, and linguistics, this course will help us come to grips with the variety of ways politicians, pundits, and experts direct public opinion in Canada and the United States. We will do so through engaged discussion, short multimedia presentations, participatory classroom activities, and collaborative facilitation.
Infinity, Certainty and Knowledge: Ryan Derby-Talbot
The quest for truth is something that has tantalized the human spirit since time immemorial. Perhaps nowhere has the idea of absolute truth been deemed more achievable than the revered academic stronghold of mathematics, the subject that Plato called "the highest form of pure thought." The promise of mathematics to answer all mysteries of the universe, however, is called into serious question when one begins to examine certain hard-to-notice subtleties of the subject. Indeed, in the past two centuries, the keen eyes of several mathematicians, philosophers and scientists have discovered a host of irresolvable paradoxes and conundrums in mathematics, lurking in the cracks of ideas such as infinity, language, and the very nature of logic itself. Together we will explore these ideas and their philosophical implications, and attempt to understand the nature of certainty and knowledge and how they live for us in the modern age. There is no mathematical prerequisite for this course.
The Dynamic Geology of the Sea to Sky Corridor: Steve Quane
LIMIT: 14 students
Embedded in rock outcroppings and magnificent mountain vistas along the Sea to Sky Corridor is a remarkably complex and dynamic geologic story.
The goal of this course is to write a script for that tale by investigating the major geologic events that shaped the landscape. We will collect our evidence during a series of field excursions to answers questions such as: How can the Stawamus Chief tell us the Quest campus was under ice during the last glaciation? Why do the lava flows on the way to Whistler take unique columnar shapes? What will it really take for Squamish to flood? Garibaldi volcano: imminent danger or sleeping beauty? No geologic background is required, just a willingness for adventure.
$850 (private bedroom, all meals, local transportation, activities and tuition)
$700 (shared bedroom with accompanying participant, all meals, local transportation, activities and tuition)
$400 Local Commuters (includes tuition, welcome dinner and end of program dinner, and activities)
Enrolment: minimum ten / maximum twenty participants per class
Email to indicate your interest and pre-register for a specific course - you will then be notified by email when the Online Registration opens.
For any further information, please contact Melanie at 604.898.8039.
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