Monday 28 February 2022

Online Open Classes in March and April

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an ICS student? Know someone who’s curious about ICS? During the months of March and April, we’ll be opening up several of our classes to any interested visitors who'd like a chance to see what an ICS course is like. Online open class sessions are taking place on the following dates (all times listed are EST):

  • March 10, 10am-1pm: IDS: Colonization, Racial Identity, and What it Means to be Human (Ron Kuipers) - The Americas have yet to work through the damaging legacy of European colonization, and the deleterious consequences of the European colonizers’ attempt to dominate or eliminate the different cultural groups with whom they came into contact. This seminar will attempt to confront this legacy by listening to some of the voices that colonizers had sought to silence, particularly prominent Black, Indigenous, and Latin American thinkers as they engage Western thought on the question of what it means to be human.

  • March 15, 2pm-5pm: Reformational Philosophy (Bob Sweetman) - Explore central issues in philosophy through the lens of Herman Dooyeweerd, Dirk Vollenhoven, and the “Amsterdam School” of neoCalvinian thought. In this foundational ICS course with Bob Sweetman, you'll test the relevance of the reformational philosophical tradition for recent developments in Western philosophy and attend to critiques of foundationalism, metaphysics, and modernity.

  • March 24, 4pm-7pm: Deeper Learning (Edith van der Boom) - In this course for instructional leaders, explore learning as a journey from wonder to inquiry to practice. Edith van der Boom helps Christian educators develop Deeper Learning within the context of a celebration of the learner, a mindfulness towards learning design, and a responsiveness to culture.

  • March 31, 2pm-5pm: Individuality in the Franciscan Thought of John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham (Bob Sweetman) - Examine the thought of John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham in relation to the doctrine of “individuality” in this seminar with Bob Sweetman. Against the backdrop of Franciscan spirituality and Aristotelianism, this course will closely consider philosophical accounts of our daily experience of both universality in the world (the fact that creatures come to us in kinds) and individuality (the fact that it is individual creatures that come to us in kinds).

  • April 7, 4pm-7pm: How to Govern a School: Board Governance, Decision-Making, and Community-Engagement (Gideon Strauss) - Designed for new and aspiring principals, school leadership teams, and school boards; this new course, taught by Gideon Strauss, provides frameworks and tools for leadership in educational governance. Learn about the work of nurturing relationships among school stakeholders, with a focus on the pivotal relationship between the board and school leadership.

Anyone interested in joining any of these classes can send an RSVP to Elizabet Aras at