We Studied...

FALL 2019

How To​ Make a Difference and Be An Effective Global Citizen

  • Debriefed our summer read The Spirit Catches You & You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman and explored its connections to global public health, refugees and the "Secret War" the Laotian people fought for the US

  • Heard from global leaders: Global Security Forum, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Schiller, Emmy award-winning writer & comedian Seth Myers, and Bryan Stevenson, American lawyer and criminal justice activist and more

  • Explored ways to fight hate by attending the Freshly Squeezed event- The Normalization of Hate and the ADL national conference Never is Now in New York City

  • Learned about life in rural Nepal through our visiting speaker, Dorje Dolma, artist & author of Yak Girl

  • Taught each other about our culture in our American- Chinese cultural events where we shared American Fall festivals at Lyman Orchards and Shopping for Asian food at the A Dong Market.

  • Connected with our local community by attending religious services outside of our individual faith traditions as part of our study of culture. Some students attended services at the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center in Avon, Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford and The First Cathedral in Bloomfield

  • Field Trip: NYC Trip: Visited the Auschwitz Exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Explore the 9/11 Memorial and attended the Broadway musical, Come From Away

 

 

Individual Interests Through Our Capstone Projects​

Examining the requirements,  brainstorming and tuning the senior's ideas. Writing our research papers.

...And Finally, We Went Public 

Creating portfolio websites

Check out our portfolio sites!

 

 

 

 

 

Every year is uniquely driven by our events and opportunities to connect with experts and activists. Here is what happened in the over the past few years:

Fall of 2018

  • Debriefed our summer read A Path Appears by Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn

  • Developed a list of fundraising strategies for the Watkinson Service Learning Trips & Critiqued the Uganda Service Learning Trip's current crowdfunding campaign using the points made in A Path Appears

  • Seminar with Bilal Sekou, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science University of Hartford to discuss how to do good work and change the world (pictured above)

  • Kiva Microloan Project: Check out the projects we funded this year in Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Tanzania​​

  • Explored the role of art in bringing peace and healing in society through our work with master musicians from Cambodian Living Arts in Seminar and performance of their Arts4Peace Tour at Watkinson. We are especially honored to spend time with human rights activist, Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian Genocide. 

  • Connected with our local community by attending religious services outside of our individual faith traditions as part of our study of culture. Some students attended services at the Farmington Valley American Muslim Center in Avon, Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford and The First Cathedral in Bloomfield

Fall of 2017

 

How Technology Shapes Society

Current State of Law and Geopolitics:

  • Read selected chapters from Justice Stephen Breyer's book, The Court and the World: American Law and the New Global Realities

  • Attended the Connecticut Forum conversation with Justice Breyer

  • Watched the documentary, A World in Disarray, read selected chapters from the accompanying book and explored the implications for sustainability in Syria, South China Sea and Ukraine.

  • Attended the Freshly Squeezed with Colin McEnroe talk, The Great Democracy Suggestion Box ​

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