About the Seminar

Relationships with others and with God are often viewed as central to what it means to be human. Within a consumer culture, however, these relationships are often negatively affected ? they are often minimized or even replaced by relationships with possessions and/or the activities (e.g., employment) necessary to obtain the means to acquire more possessions. Within consumer culture, some view relationships with possessions, not other beings, as central to being human. These are some of the areas to be examined and explored in this seminar.

The consumer culture affects all aspects of individuals' lives and, hence, consumer culture affects all disciplines. A primary focus of the seminar will be to examine consumer culture from an interdisciplinary perspective. Particular attention will be given to how the consumer culture affects different disciplines and how different disciplines contribute to the discussion.

The anticipated outcomes of the seminar include:

1) a research project by each of the seminar participants, and

2) development of a classroom component where each seminar participant will directly integrate subject matter from the seminar into at least one of their courses.

The seminar is funded by a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. Summer Seminars for College Teachers are designed for faculty at Network institutions with preference given to early-career faculty members.