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The Evergreen State College

2000 - 2001
Part-Time Program

The Digital City

Winter 2002 Schedule

Change history (Updated: February 13, 2002; 5:15 PM):

[Week 1] Digital City -- Introduction to Winter Quarter

Wednesday, January 9, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Assignments: Ophuls #1 reading handout

[Week 2] Scarcity and the Authoritarian Tradition of Thomas Hobbes

Wednesday, January 16, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Assignments: Ophuls #2 reading handout; Writing on Ophuls: Is Ophuls just another Malthusian when he claims environmental scarcity is dooming our liberal political traditions? Can the digital revolution in communications loose the bounds of physical scarcity much as the steam and then oil-powered industrial revolution did to Malthus' prediction of population collapse?

Assignments due: Ophuls reading #1 completed

[Week 3] Abundance and the Liberal Democratic Tradition of John Locke

Wednesday, January 23, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Presentation -- Locke: Steve
  • Seminar
  • Project meeting

Assignments: Reading from The Great Good Place, chapters 1-4, 10-14 and one or more of chapters 5-9; Writing assignment: Identify one or more ideas for improving "third places" and discuss the viability of the idea or ideas.

Assignments due: Ophuls reading #2;
Ophuls #1 writing assignment

Handout: Reading for January 30, Liberal Arts Collquium.

Saturday, January 26, 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Group Discussion
  • Group Project Meetings
  • Wireless Community Networking presentation (public invited) - 11:00 AM. Ken Caruso and Matt Westervelt,

[Week 4] What are the Liberal Arts? And Why are They Important? (Colloquium with other part-time programs)

Wednesday, January 30, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Location TBA


[Week 5] Community Networks and the Great Good Place

Wednesday, February 6, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

  • Seminar
  • Great Good Place Workshop -- Using the Internet to foster great good places
  • Presentation: Community Networks - Doug

Assignments due: Oldenberg writing assignment

Handouts: Ostrom handout

Notes: Fifth week warnings due

Saturday, February 9, 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Group Project Meetings
  • Group Discussion
  • [cancelled or postponed] Guest Speaker -- Independent Media Center (IMC) spokesperson


Assignments due:


[Week 6] The End? Of Modernity? The Beginning? Of What??

Wednesday, February 13, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Presentation : Doug and Steve
  • Sonic Outlaws videotape
  • Seminar -- "All things must pass..."

Reading assignment: "The Tragedy of the Commons", Garrett Hardin; "Reflections on the Commons", Elinor Ostrom. (handouts)
Writing assignment: Writing assignment on the tragedy of the commons: Describe a "commons" in your experience. Was there an inherent tragic dynamic in your example that was like the traditional tragedy of the commons and that was soluble only by centralization or privatization? Or was there a different solution? (Due February 23)

[Week 7] Entropy, Ecology, and the Tragedy (?!) of the Commons

Wednesday, February 20, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Presentation: Steve
  • "Commons" workshop (Avoiding the "tragedy?" [Steve])


Saturday, February 23, 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Group Project Meetings
  • CIS-SOS Panel
  • Seminar, tragedy of the commons

Assignments due: "Commons" writing assignment

[Week 8] Computers and Community Change

Wednesday, February 27, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Guest Presentation : Alan Borning, University of Washington, UrbanSim and Values Oriented Design
  • Urban simulation workshop

Handouts: Selections on patterns, Christopher Alexander et al

Reading assignment: from Communities in Cyberspace, chapter 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12
Writing assignment: Identify two communities (in a loose sense if necessary) to which you belong, one largely based on physical presence and one less so. Discuss their differences and similarities using insights from the Smith & Kollock book.

[Week 9] Communities in Cyberspace

Wednesday, March 6, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Guest Presentation: Marc Smith, Microsoft Research
  • Communities workshop
  • Seminar
Assignment due: Writing assignment from Communities in Cyberspace


Saturday, March 9, 9:15 AM - 5:00 PM

  • Group Project Meetings
  • Patterns Presentation (Doug)
  • Patterns Workshop -- See our pattern language!

[Week 10] Presentations and Debriefings

Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

  • Presentations & Debriefings

[Evaluation Week; March 18-22]

Probably Wednesday, March 20, 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM.

  • Evaluation meetings. Since this program is ending this quarter formal evaluations are required for all students

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