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IDS 101: Climate, Race, Economy: Getting Started

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Climate, Race, Economy: New Systems Thinking

Climate change, economic inequity, and racial injustice are key indicators of a systems wide failure in our economic, political, and cultural arenas. Solutions will require bold thinking, courage, and the creation of new pathways and alternative models. What does it really mean to “change the system?” How can we imagine new possibilities? And what will our role be in creating them? The purpose of the class is to engage students in creating the frameworks they need to understand systemic change and how they can contribute to a more equitable, sustainable future.

                                Course taught by: Wendy Petersen-Boring.                                                              Colloquium Associate: Lily O'Shea

                                Course taught by: Nathan Sivers Boyce                                                                    Colloquium Associate: Sally Wooster

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content, it is sometimes considered unreliable.  It is a good place to start your research, but it is best to double check what you find against other sources.  

Consider consulting the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your paper.  Reference books can provide a general overview of a topic and help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data; these sources often include references and lists of further readings.  Additionally, these resources have typically gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy.  To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Online Collection of Reference Resources

Reference E-books

Reference Print Books

Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.