Each year Arcadia staff and faculty select an overarching prompt for engagement and reflection, a theme to connect all of our programs around the world. These themes are known as The Life of The Mind Series.

  • Through theme-related activities, discussions, lectures, media and celebrations, you will gain valuable space for engagement and reflection. Such engagement will enlighten you about your host community’s relationship to the wider world.
  • The current theme is Protest.


The 2015-2016 Theme

With the Arab Spring, England Riots, Occupy Movement, Greek Debt Crisis, Ferguson Riots, and Baltimore Uprising (to name a select few) all within our students' high school and college years, ongoing power struggles have the potential to shape students' political consciousness. What frame can each local context provide? What part do students' local choices play on a global scale. How do people around the world contest power and authority in local, regional, and global contexts?

Life of the Mind Themes:

  • 2014: Rhythms of the World
  • 2013: Rhythms of the World
  • 2012: Origins: People, Place & Identity
  • 2011: The Elements of VITA
  • 2010: Sports, Culture and Context
  • 2009: Global Leadership

The Life of the Mind offers the chance for you to look below the surface of daily life and gain a more nuanced understanding of your host community, through the lens of the theme. It’s powerful to know that students are bringing that eye to their experiences in all of our locations. Just imagine all the variation – and similarity! ”

Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant

Assistant Dean for Experiential Education