Term/Year

Community Service & Education

Activity: Community Service & Education

Submitted by Ariane Liazos, Social Sciences

Goal/s:

  • To better understand the values and assumptions that underlie contemporary models of engaged universities. 
  • To help students develop a fuller understanding of their role as a student, a volunteer, and a member of a larger community.

Class: Social Studies 68ec – Education and Community in America

Introduction/Background:

Advanced Laboratory Class

Joe Peidle developed this class with Melissa Franklin to help expose advanced physics students to apparatuses that they may encounter in a real research lab. Students come into experimental lab sections to perform simple activities with the staff to learn how to use the apparatuses throughout the entire class.

Sounding China

This was a semester long project. Throughout the semester, graduate students (many of whom had little previous exposure to the course material) studied the history of Chinese music theory, the Jesuit missionaries who transmitted it back to western Europe, and the reception of Chinese culture there in the 18th century. The website commemorating the exhibit and giving more information can be found at hcs.harvard.edu/soundingchina

Understanding Diaspora

Benjamin Weber created an activity that spans across the entire class to help students understand the concept of “diaspora” through constant reiteration of concepts from some excerpts given to the class by the instructor. Students learned how to close-read excerpts, write reflections, and create their own ideas about the theme of the class.

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