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The following Dialogues of Civilization may be of interest to our Philosophy, Religion, and PPE students. Please see below for more information.

Summer 1 2023

Term: Summer 1

Start date: May 27

End date: June 26

Faculty: Andrew Haile & Meica Magnani

Priority Deadline: December 1st

Standard Deadline:

January 17

Description: The Dialogue will take place in British Columbia in western Canada (Vancouver and Vancouver Island) and the Olympic peninsula in Washington state and will include a 5-day guided backpacking trip into Olympic National Park, home to one of the largest intact old growth forests in the country.

Title: The New Silk Road – Central Asia: Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan

Dates: Summer 1, 2023

Credit: POLS electives

Faculty: Professors Boris Yelin & Mladen Mrdalj


  • INTL 4944 – Language Policy
    • In this course we will explore how language change and public policies are often intertwined.
  • POLS 4938 – International Politics Abroad
    • This course explores the regional and international politics of
      Central Asia, focusing on Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan.

What will you experience? 

  • Introductions to the languages – Site visits and excursions
  • Observational projects
  • Meetings with state and international actors
  • Student-to-student connections

If you’re interested, take a look at what students were up to last summer on our blog: The program’s brochure page is here.

Summer 2 2023

Term: Summer 2

Start date: July 6

End date: August 5

Faculty: Katy Shorey

Priority Deadline: December 1st

Standard Deadline: January 17

Description: This Dialogue studies two revolutions in scientific thought: the Scientific Revolution of the 17th and 18th centuries and the computational revolution of the 20th century. The goal of this Dialogue of Civilizations is to understand these two revolutions and how they contributed to philosophical discussion of the nature of science and scientific explanation.