paul strom
Ethics of Ambition

I came to Boulder from New Mexico to attend CU in 1967 where I earned a BA in Mathematics and Physics.  Along the undergraduate way, I was also able to take advantage of the first CU Study Abroad program at the University of Lancaster, England (highly recommended).  It was during the turmoil of the Vietnam War era that I became interested in other matters that seemed urgent, and so I pursued a Ph.D. in “Religion and Social Change,” which I received in 1990 from the University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology.  Soon after completing my doctorate, I was invited to teach a course for the Kittredge Honors Program called “The Ethics of Ambition.”  Not only have I been teaching a version of this course ever since, but the teaching opportunity led to the invitation to direct the Kittredge Honors Program in 1999.  The program moved and changed its name to the Honors RAP, and it has a new director, but I continue my relationship. I also teach “Nonviolence and the Ethics of Social Action” which reflects my personal, research, and writing interest in the strategies of nonviolent social transformation, matters which are of great urgency.  I can often be spotted riding my bike around campus (summer and winter) or on the roads in the area.  You may also see me on the hiking trails in the mountains.