Citizenship and Religion in America (E. Pritchard, Religious Studies)
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 between those inside and outside of the prison walls brought those readings to life. Final project complete by groups composed of boht "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
States of Languages and Languages of States (E. Albaugh, Gov't and Legal Studies)
Alongside students' academic exploration of the role of language in policitcs - including how language standardization affects citizen participation and democracy and how minority language groups respond to such standardization - students attend 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
Building Resilient Communities (E. Johnson, Environmental Studies) 2015-16
Students examined efforts by communities and regions to build resilience in the face of changing environmental and social conditions and how local leaders can work in complex settings to set goals and mobilize federal, private, and non-profit resources to achieve specific, cross-cutting objectives that include strengthening local economies, safeguarding important environmental values, protecting public health, and addressing issues of economic and social justice.
Community partners: Merrymeeting Food Council, Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Translating Cultures (J. Jaffe, Latin American Studies) 2016-17
Students connected theory and practice in their exploration of cultural, political, ethical and aesthetic issues related to translation and interpreting through two projects. In preparation for attending a conference in Portland on interpreting in cases of domestic violence, students translated into Spanish a “Protection from Abuse” pamphlet created by the State of Maine Judicial Branch. They later collaborated with the Circling the Square Fine Art Press and the Fundación Estampería Quiteña of Quito, Ecuador by translating the artists’ aesthetic and biographical statements for the catalog of A Sense of Place/El sentido del lugar, a cross-cultural exhibition on sustainability.
Community partner: Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine
Infant and Child Development (S. Lovett and S. Putnam, Psychology) 2019-20
Students in this course had the option of choosing between different community projects to complement their in-class learning about psychological functioning from conception through childhood.
Community partners: Bowdoin College Children’s Center, Family Focus
Looking Ahead with the World in Their Hands: The Postsecondary Aspirations of East Island Youth
A. Roy ’16 - Independent Study (I. Nelson, Sociology)
Many youth on East Island, particularly males, participate in the lobstering industry by owning their own boats as early as their pre-teen years. But, structures of the lobstering industry virtually prevent anyone without a hereditary connection to the industry from gaining access. An out-group forms, made up of individuals and families who are not connected to the lobstering industry, around those who lobster, the in-group. This research studied this process of social reproduction and how it influences the postsecondary aspirations of youth on East Island. Findings show that East Island High School facilitates social reproduction through its place-based education program.
Community partner: East Island High School
Assessing Community Needs and the Role of Free Clinics
S. Gregerson ’18 – Independent Study (C. McEwen, Sociology)
Free clinics exist throughout the nation as vital components of the health care network. These clinics provide a range of health services to people who cannot afford health insurance or whose insurance covers only health emergencies. How do these clinics respond to changing community health needs? How do clinics structure their delivery of care to better meet these needs? In this independent study, Scout helped Oasis Free Clinics to conduct a community needs assessment and interviewed other free clinics across the state to ask these questions.
Community partner: Oasis Free Clinics