“Climate” can refer to any region of the earth; the prevailing atmospheric phenomena and conditions of a country or region; and the mental, moral, and emotional environment or atmosphere prevailing in a body of people.

Theme Semester 2021 looks at the changing global climate — the soaring temperatures, the rising sea levels, the increase in extreme weather events — and what we can do about it. But we’ll also examine political and social climates and how they can unite — or divide — us.

The plural noun emphasizes the idea of climate in all senses. The Fall 2021 theme semester will explore the word’s multiple meanings. The chosen theme was based on a proposal that Dr. Jennifer R. Pournelle from the School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment submitted in consultation with a wide range of college faculty.

Visit our gallery showcasing samples of student projects and research centered around climates, or check the calendar to join us for a live or virtual event!