Studying IPHS at Kenyon
IPHS students develop an understanding of how we, as an ever-changing and ever-challenged culture, have arrived at the point at which we find ourselves — and where we are going next. Courses in the program consider scientific, economic, political, and ethical developments and the ideas that stem from them. From the ancient classical world to our current digital environment, the IPHS faculty challenges students to consider how they think about the world and what they can offer after Kenyon.
Artificial Intelligence is poised to surpass us in abilities we associate with being human. Can we program humanity by using AI to analyze text and produce art? Or will we be programmed through predictive policing, social media manipulation and surveillance? This class bridges the gap between humanities and technology.
Galileo to Einstein
Galileo helped establish modern scientific thought. Centuries later, Einstein helped transform it. The influential ideas of both ignited controversy beyond the bounds of their scientific disciplines. We’ll explore relationships between observation and imagination, genius and ethics, science and religion.
Odyssey of the West: The Pursuit of Wisdom and Understanding
Explore themes of love, justice, purity and power, reading from the Bible, Plato, Dante and more. Later, we focus on themes of law, disorder, harmony, entropy, and modernity, including study of Shakespeare, Darwin and Marx. At the same time, we examine connections between the visual arts, literature and philosophy.
Aristophanes: Politics and Comedy
Comedians like Trevor Noah and John Oliver are a mainstay of our culture. But while their insights are astute, they don’t add up to comprehensive political teaching. To see the heights and depths possible in comedy, we study four plays by Aristophanes, the master of combining comic vulgarity with philosophic wisdom.