*Freshman Seminar 70P. The World of Tomorrow: Inhabiting the 21st Century

“Today, we are shapers of the world of tomorrow. There is no way we can duck the responsibility, and there is no reason why we should.” ­—Walt Disney

Considering the world of tomorrow lends itself to a wide array of considerations. It determines where and how we live, work, play, and dream. Crafting the future embodies concrete stances on a wide variety of social, political, and economic concerns within a society. The quality and availability of affordable housing, for instance, is not merely an economic concern, but also a value judgement about the obligations of a society to its citizens. By examining these issues on a variety of realms, ranging from factory farming to global poverty, students explore the fingerprint of societal values and how they can be a vehicle for both positive and negative change. The seminar weaves together the practical aspects and social factors that will contribute to building the future. Each week, students will take on the role of decision-makers and engage with a wide variety of ethical, aesthetic, political, environmental, and social considerations. We will discuss how issues such as climate change, rapid urbanization, artificial intelligence, resource scarcity, economic inequality, and geopolitical conflicts, affect us as both inhabitants and constructors of tomorrow’s world. Week by week, students will partake in conversation and debate with prominent professors, business leaders, and policymakers from around the globe.

Note: As part of this dual process of investigation and application, students will have the opportunity to meet with world-renowned academics and executives while also taking excursions into Cambridge and Boston. Open to freshman students only.


Arthur Segel







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