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Warren in Paris

Paris, France


Professors Andy Lamey
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 30, 2018
Arrival: Sun., July 1, 2018
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 2, 2018
First Day of Class: Mon., July 2, 2018
Last Day of Class: Fri., August 3, 2018
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., August 4, 2018

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • We strongly encourage you to take a flight that arrives at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) during daylight hours, in order to take advantage of airport pick up.  Please make sure your flight arrives between the times of 6:00am and 6:00pm on July 1 at the Paris (Airport Code CDG) airport. Students who arrive later than this time will receive instructions on how to make their way to your program housing independently.
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like to book flights with other students on this program or take advantage of the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Wednesday, January 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409
  • Thursday, February 8, 3:00 - 4:30 pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409

Why you should go

There is no other city on earth like Paris. As the American writer Margaret Anderson put it, "Paris is the city in which one loves to live. Sometimes I think this is because it is the only city in the world where you can step out of a railway station - the Gare D'Orsay - and see, simultaneously, the chief enchantments: the Seine with its bridges and bookstalls, the Louvre, Notre Dame, the Tuileries Gardens [and] the Place de la Concorde.' This global seminar offers students a deep immersion in the enchantments of Paris, past and present.

Paris was famously the centre stage of the French Revolution. We will walk the cobblestone streets that Robespierre and other revolutionaries walked. We will tour the extravagant palaces of King Louis XVI and other nobility the revolution targeted. We will explore ancient catacombs underneath Paris where victims of the Revolution were buried. With the city as our classroom we will ask: why did one of the most historically influential revolutions in world history happen here? What were the philosophical ideas that inspired it?

Paris has long been known as the City of Lights, a name reflecting its status as an early adopter of street lighting and other technologies. Paris remains a city of technological innovation, to the point that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has identified it as possessing one of the strongest artificial intelligence (AI) research communities in the world. Our excursions will engage Paris in its capacity as a hyper-modern city, home to Europe's largest virtual reality center, cutting-edge AI labs and pioneering researchers in social robotics. Our guiding questions will include: what responsibilities, if any, do researchers have for the uses to which their inventions are put? Is artificial intelligence possible? Can virtual reality successfully mimic real life?

The Paris of history and the Paris of modernity inevitably combine with one another, just as they do with the Paris of unforgettable food, culture and architecture. Students, who are not required to speak French, will experience Paris in all its many splendours. And they will learn the truth in something Ernest Hemingway once said: "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young [person], then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."

Who should go

This seminar will be relevant to students with a wide range of interests ranging from philosophy and history to technology, engineering and computer science. It is open to students from UC San Diego and beyond. It is of special interest to Warren Students, insofar as Phil 28 (Ethics and Society II) fulfils a Warren College requirement. Students can enroll who have already taken Phil 27 (Ethics and Society) or with permission of the instructor. 

Meet the professor

Andy LameyAndy Lamey is an assistant teaching professor in UC San Diego's Philosophy Department. His research and teaching focus on political philosophy and applied ethics. Subjects he has taught range from the philosophical sources of the French Revolution to the philosophy of technology. Since coming to UC San Diego he has begun using the teaching method known as Reacting to the Past (reacting.barnard.edu), which sees students play a role playing game set in a historic time period. Students acting in character make speeches, write papers and form alliances to achieve common goals, such as passing a bill in a simulated national assembly. Students in this global seminar will play the reacting game Rousseau, Burke and Revolution in France, 1791.

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
VAC: http://vac.ucsd.edu

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