What to Expect

A Day at Camp

At the PACT Summer Camp, you’ll engage with our core topic—justice—through a wide variety of fun, interesting activities. A typical day will be split up into several sessions, each lasting between 1 and 2 hours. In some sessions, you’ll hear lively presentations from professional Ohio State instructors. In others, you’ll join other students in debating the issues that matter most to you. Still other sessions will give you a chance to research, prepare for debates, analyze films, and create presentations of your own.

Students will arrive at camp every day between 8:30 and 9:00 AM, and they will depart every day between 4:00 and 4:30 PM. (Lunches are included.)

Camp 2018 Focus: Justice

What is justice? Are there different types?

Is the concern for justice a natural human motivation, or is human nature fundamentally selfish? 

What is the connection between justice and equality? Does justice require equality? Equality of what? 

Is it fair to reward achievement at the cost of inequality? Is it fair to reward achievement even when that achievement depends on opportunities or, even on talents, that are a matter of luck?

What are the best arguments for and against affirmative action?

What type of justice should we aim for? Should we aim for justice that fixes immediate problems, but maybe introduces injustices in the future? Or should we aim for the ideal if that lets current injustices persist for longer but offers permanent fixes? 

What forms of punishment are morally defensible? Is the US criminal justice system morally defensible?

Which injustices are we responsible for remedying? Is it just people within our borders, everyone in the world, or is it some other set of individuals?