Religion 2258: Citizenship and Religion in America with Assoc. Prof. Elizabeth Pritchard
Designed as both a critical examination of the criteria, practices, and spaces that constitute citizenship in the United States and an exercise in citizenship, this course was held at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham, Maine and was composed equally of inmates and Bowdoin students. Readings were curated to provoke extended analysis of the entitlements and exclusions of citizenship, and the discussions had between those inside and outside of the prison walls brought those readings to life. Final projects completed by groups composed of both "inside" and "outside" students include a musical and conversational composition, a public art project, and written and video presentations comparing perspectives of incarcerated persons and Bowdoin students.
Community partner: Maine Correctional Center
Government 285/2573: States of Languages and Languages of States with Asst. Prof. Ericka Albaugh
Alongside students' academic exploration of the role of language in politics—including how language standardization affects citizen participation and democracy and how minority language groups respond to such standardization—students attended a workshop about the path to citizenship and the citizenship classes that the English language learners at Portland Adult Education complete. Two students especially interested in this experiential learning also volunteered in these ESL classes, furthering their understanding of course themes.
Community Partner: Portland Adult Education