The college’s first Faculty @ 4 of the semester will take place today (Thursday) in the Weeks Lounge of Pearsons Hall. Robin Zebrowski has taken over the conceptual organization of the series, and we will see an interesting new approach: each reading will have two discussion leaders from different divisions. We start with the essay "Natural/Artificial," which can be found on the VPAA website at this link https://www.beloit.edu/academicaffairs/campuscontent/. Tamara Ketabgian and Britt Scharringhausen will lead the discussion.
“Natural/ Artificial” is an essay written in 1938 by Dolf Sternberger, an influential German philosopher, political scientist, and cultural critic. Combining literary and scientific approaches, Sternberger explores various natural and artificial metaphors used for the steam engine, the human body, the conservation of energy, and—especially—“work” in the nineteenth century. For Thursday’s conversation, the discussion leaders are most interested in how this essay raises questions about the different disciplinary ways in which we seek to 1) know the world and 2) express that world through different methods and languages.