Tag Archives: Service Learning

Grants Reception for CSPL 210

From Ben Romero ’16:


The marvelous CSPL 210 class received a ten thousand dollar grant to give to local non-profits. We will be holding a reception for the incredible organizations that were selected. Come to learn more social entrepreneurship, strategic philanthropy, and the class! Food will be served. Fun will be had.

Date: Monday, December 1 – TODAY
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Place: Daniel Family Commons

Apply for Prison Education and Pre-College Pedagogy

All-star soon-to-be-seniors Haley Perkins ’13 and Paul Silverman ’13 write in to let you know about a forum, Prison Education and Pre-College Pedagogy, that they will be offering in Fall 2012. The forum will provide a theoretical and practical look at issues in American education systems, and incorporate a significant service learning component at 3 different prisons near Wesleyan. As they’ll need to coordinate with these three different facilities over the summer, applications for the forum will be due next Sunday, May 27th.

So after you crush those finals, make sure you apply! More info from the lovely Haley Perkins ’13 below:

This service-learning seminar will consist of a 3 hour seminar course at Wesleyan, in addition to the facilitation of a 3-hour college-prep workshop in a Connecticut State prison. The seminar will use the institutional, intellectual, and political workings of public school in the contemporary U.S. as a template against which we raise questions and imagine possibilities for education in alternative settings.

The course will require sustained comparison of teaching, learning, and curriculum development in prison with similar activities in non-incarcerated school settings, and will use ethnographic methods to reflect on prison and school as “cultures.” Course readings will address the challenges of work with “underprepared” students and will ask students to question, frame, and articulate issues of prison education during class time, while planning and facilitating pre-college workshops at Cheshire, York, and CJTS men’s, women’s and juvenile prisons respectively.

Service Learning: romanticism with the elderly

Adam Tinkle ‘GRAD writes:

Professor Cecilia Miller, whose intellectual history surveys have become legendary as canon-devouring feats of endurance, will be trying something a little different this semester. She will be giving a Service Learning Course where students will be reading six great novels of the Romantic period—including Frankenstein, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther—and then doing book-group discussions with residents of a retirement community in Middletown.

In other words: half your class time spent doing the normal humanities thing, and the other half working with a population that’s seriously in need of some extra intellectual stimulation. So, if you’ve always wanted to study with Prof. Miller but had been intimidated by her long reading lists, or want to be part of Wesleyan’s new Service Learning Initiatives, or are simply interested in the high emotions and outrageous fashions of the Romantic period, check it out. Some seats still available!

HIST385 meets Thursdays from 1:10 – 4:00 PM.