Kaiser Permanente Sponsored: Education, Incarceration and Justice
The United States incarcerates more people than any other nation in the history of the world.
In this Praxis lab, students will explore the historically rooted relationship among education, incarceration, and justice. Current statistics indicate that most people enter prison without a high school diploma or GED at the time of their arrest.
University of Utah Health Sciences Sponsored: Gender, Health, & Human Rights
We will grapple with some of the following questions: What defines ‘human rights’ and ‘health’? Do, and should, these definitions vary across place and time? How is health gendered? In what ways do human rights influence health? How does women’s health relate to the health of other populations or the population more broadly?
Opening the Mind’s Eye
A growing body of neuroscientific research confirms that contemplative practices such as meditation and traditional yoga have measurably positive effects on memory, attention, and empathy. Many American universities, medical schools, and research institutes have begun to incorporate forms of contemplative practice into their programs (the Stanford University Center for Compassion and Altruism Research is a notable example here in the PAC 12). As American society struggles with painful internal polarization and world conflicts proliferate, students and faculty alike hunger for a compassionate education of the “whole person” aimed toward making a positive impact locally and globally.
When Machines Decide: the Promise and Peril of Living in a Data-Driven Society
We live in an age of information abundance. An age where every aspect of our daily life is monitored, tracked, recorded and stored by data aggregators and government. This data is being digitized and stored in massive databases for governments, businesses, scientists and others to review and analyze, using sophisticated algorithms and data analytics to make decisions that impact our lives.