In Colloquium I: Dreams and Reality students investigate the complexity of how
our brains perceive reality.
Honors Colloquium is a two-semester sequence of courses designed to introduce you
to the Honors College and to modes of inquiry and expression at the University of
Wyoming. The theme for the fall semester course is “dreams and reality,” a topic we
will explore from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Together, we will investigate
how our sense of reality depends upon dreams and how dreams, in turn, extend and complicate
our understanding of what reality might be. In the process, we will explore how, through
grappling with dreams and reality, people historically have found meaning in the world
and continue to do so, which will lead into the spring semester where we will explore
the question: "What does it mean to be a human being?"
In addition to investigating dreams and reality and the meaning of humanness, this
class will help you refine your academic writing and communication skills and give
you the opportunity to take advantage of many of the resources that enrich the University
of Wyoming and the city of Laramie (resources like the Buchanan Center for the Performing
Arts and the UW Art Museum) through in-class, out-of-classroom, extra-curricular,
and community-service activities.
This Week in Colloquium Spotlight Series
Each week during the fall semester we will feature one section of Colloquium I or other exciting endeavors in the Colloquium community and the exciting and stimulating
ideas they are exploring.
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE
The Hub is a resource for Colloquium students to find support for success.
DR. HOSANNA KRIENKE
This week in Colloquium, students from across all the sections were invited to attend
a screening of the Oscar-winning film, Everything Everywhere All at Once (2021), hosted by the Honors Hub. We had over 50 students attend (and had to scramble
just a bit to find to a room to fit us all). The film itself is an excellent introduction to
our course theme of “Dreams and Reality,” as it explores both aspirational dreams
and the complexity of locating “reality” given the likelihood of a multiverse. Our
group audibly gasped during the scene where Michelle Yeoh’s character, Evelyn, brutally
tells her husband that she saw herself in an alternate life without him and, “It was
beautiful.” And even as the audience laughed at the absurdity of a hot-dog-finger
universe, in this class we will soon come face to face with such powerful paradoxes
as quantum superposition in physics, the philosophy of dharma in Hinduism, and the
creative potential of the human brain in neuroscience. So, as it turns out, maybe
this film isn’t so far-fetched at all?
Throughout the semester, the Hub will be helping our Colloquium students tackle each
major assignment and addressing common academic questions, so check out honorshub.com to stay in the loop!
LIVING THE GITA
Bharti Qureshi, from Gugarat, India, now living in Travers City, Michigan, visited
with Dr. Mimi Fenton's Colloquium class last week to discuss the Bhagavad Gita. Bharti is a practicing
Hindu and talked of the metaphorical debate between Arjuna and Krishna, and about
the many concepts in the Gita that influence daily life and spiritual practice for
many Hindus. She especially clarified for students the notions of dharma, moksha,
and the yogic practices.
DR. MIMI FENTON