Thu, Sep 3, 2020 4:30 PM –

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 6:00 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Walks will take place each Thursday in September from 4:30 to 6 p.m.

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Led by members of the CWRU faculty and leadership, participants will walk between places on campus (and in University Circle) and share stories making physical and mental transdisciplinary connections. The focus will be on the future of the university as a place of ideas, including the concept of a "Professor of the Future."  Zoom and other technologies will be used to enhance recording and communication on site and allow others to participate remotely.  

Walks will take place each Thursday in September from 4:30 to 6 p.m. See below for details:

September 3: Cognitive Science of Architecture & Landscape

Professor Mark Turner ( will lead a walk discussing the cognitive science of architecture and landscape and how we understand it as communicating to us about the future. Starting location and zoom link will be sent to those who register.

September 10: Land and Legacy: Identity, Memory, and Personal Growth

University Circle has been known by many names since the founding of Cleveland in 1796: University Center, Wade Park, East Cleveland, and Doan's Corners.  Through each name change, we can view the campus and its environs and explore the needs, hopes, intentions, and aspirations of those for whom the word "modern" (taken from the Latin "modernus," meaning "just recently") meant something else entirely. Join Holly Witchey, art historian and Executive Director of Cleveland Philanthropy who will lead us on a walking discussion on the topic of "Land and Legacy: Identity, Memory, and Personal Growth."   

September 17: Origins Past, Present & Future 

Patricia Princehouse, evolutionary biologist and Associate Director of the Institute for the Science of Origins, will lead a walk around various CWRU and University Circle places where we will think about the origins of this place from when it was a huge inland sea to the ice age, various prehistoric peoples who have occupied it, to Western Reserve Medical School professor Davidson Black and his work on “Peking Man,” to the discovery of Lucy, Ardi, and other human ancestors by our colleagues at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Come, and ask yourself, "what do these origins open up to the future - for the university, and the world?"

September 24: Designing Powerful Learning Organizations

Ed Hundert, President of CWRU from 2002 to 2006, suggested we transform our university and its communities into “the world’s most power learning environment.” As a philosopher, ethicist, and psychiatrist Ed had written books integrating nature, nurture, and neuroscience in educating about thinking and valuing. Talk about Thinking Big and Beyond the Possible! We will review where we have gone as a university in brain health by visiting sites involved in innovation and design of hospital affiliations and the development of transdisciplinary learning programs ending up at the Weatherhead School of Management and its Social Ethics Course in the Executive Doctorate of Management.  During our tour we will keep a focus on the future and explore the concept of Professors of the Future. This walk will be led by Peter J. Whitehouse MD-PhD, Intergenerative Transdisciplinary Designer and Activist.

Note: A special additional session is scheduled for October 29 with Interim President and former Dean of the Weatherhead School, Scott Cowen (and Peter Whitehouse), where we continue the discussion of leadership and the future of CWRU. A slot in this special session will be offered to those who participated in the September programing.


For more information, contact Peter Whitehouse at

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