This Issue: The Culture of Learning

Posted by cservaes on June 19, 2012 in "Academic Programs", Culture, "Higher Education" Every now and then the English language offers us a fun aberration. Arguably, the word “culture” is one of those. Why? Because the diversity of the meanings associated with it serves to define the word itself, so that as one explores and cultivates the various aspects of culture, he or she, by default, develops its essence in their lives. When you explore the Mayan culture, for example, or pursue the arts, or grow a bacterial culture, or study a particular social or ethnic group, you are personifying another definition of culture - “the development or improvement of the mind by education or training.” And when you participate in trends, or counter them; when you develop policies and procedures for an organization; conduct research; express yourself through drama, music, or other medium; or practice your religion - you are shaping the culture by “contributing to and exhibiting the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group,” as well as achieving “enlightenment or refinement from such pursuits.” In this issue of the Ottawa Spirit, you are invited to experience and appreciate a little “culture” as you explore a portion of Ottawa University’s diverse culture of learning, and in so doing, “develop the quality that arises from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, and scholarly pursuits.”