Learning in the World Update for Students, Faculty
The Learning in the World (LitW) team is delighted to update Andover students and faculty on this year’s opportunities, application deadline, and other important information.
LitW programming, offered by the Tang Institute, provides experiential learning opportunities—in nearly 20 domestic and international locations—that engage Andover students with our increasingly complex and interconnected world.
This year there will be fourteen PA faculty-led programs to domestic and international locations; please visit our program pages for a full listing. There will also be opportunities with nine affiliate programs. The programs all share a common goal of supporting students in experiencing different cultures and perspectives, informed by empathy, humility, curiosity, respect, awareness of complexity, conviction, and a sense of agency and urgency.
“Students should to go to these places with open minds and leave with reflective attitudes,” said Madison Pettaway ’17, who participated in Berlin Week.
Participants often report that these learning opportunities impact not only how they think about the world, but also what they do later.
“The Brazil PLACES program has affected me in more ways that I could have ever imagined,” said Eliot Zaeder ’17. “The last, and my favorite part of the trip, the Amazon, has given me a great interest in exploring this connection between man and nature a little bit more each day. I have learned that life really isn’t about the grade you got on your chemistry test or your SAT score. It is about delving deeper and focusing on the big ideas. Focus on the things that will matter most to you and learn as much as you can about them. For me, I have become even more in love with nature and life as I had in the past (which I didn’t even think was possible).”
The deadline for applications is Friday, December 4, 2015. Students can apply online through the common application portal on our Web site.
Upcoming Events: Learn More
The PA community and especially students are invited to learn more at two upcoming events:
LitW Open House: November 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Commons (Lower Left)
Students are invited to stop by for information about Learning in the World Programs. Faculty members, as well as Global Ambassadors, will be available to provide information and to talk about some of the ways in which these opportunities connect with and inform their on-campus learning experiences. Representatives from PA partner programs will also be available to answer questions.
LitW Info Session: Global Ambassadors, Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. (Mural Room)
In addition to the Open House, there will be a LitW Information Session for interested students. Global Ambassadors will run this session, and it will be an opportunity for students to reach out to other students ask for specific information and get more information.
Open Program Director Position: China
The Learning in the World team also welcomes expressions of interest in the BASK (China) Program Director position. Building upon the foundational leadership of inaugural program directors, including Tom Hodgson and Peter Merrill, and other faculty who have shaped the program, the BASK Program Director would work closely with a team of colleagues in the design and implementation of a multi-week, summer experience in China. Prior experience with the program is relevant, though not mandatory. We also welcome expressions of interest from faculty members who have had experience in other LitW programs. For further information about the position or to express interest in it, please contact the LITW team by November 13, 2015.