“You are; therefore, I am.” Each of us is born an individual, but we immediately begin to gain our identities through our immersion in communities. This course will focus on several issues regarding individuals and communities. What does it mean to be an individual, an I? How is that I affected by we? What does community mean in the second decade of the second millennium? What happens to individuals and communities when disaster strikes? The course includes fiction, non-fiction and documentary explorations of the theme. Students will explore their personal connection to the issues studied, will consider the findings of researchers in these areas, and will conduct a research project of their own.