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2011-12 Living Learning Communities

LLC 101 (A): Dwelling in the Past

Students in this LLC share an interest in the people, societies and events of the past and explore the many facets of distant and not-so-distant time periods. A wide variety of history and archaeology courses are open to community members, from The Ancient World to A Zombie History of the United States. Community activities focus on the different ways in which scholars study the past and interpret their findings for each other and the public.

Using methods of historical and archaeological inquiry and fun, interactive approaches, students broadened their knowledge of local Frederick County history and two other historical time periods. Some of the semester’s activities included a discussion with Khalid Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns; community-only activities and trips that took advantage of Hood’s special location in a historically rich region; and a history and archaeology faculty panel discussion with student presentations. In the spring, students are planning and carrying out community service projects linked to local historic sites.

Two faculty advisers keep in close touch with the student members of the community and the resident assistant, helping to build links between living and learning. Students earn one academic credit each semester for the academic activities that are part of the Dwelling in the Past experience.

LLC 101(B): Global Issues

Participation in this LLC is a great way for students to explore our increasingly interconnected world. In and out of the classroom, through coursework and activities, students analyze pressing global issues—human rights, economic development, transitioning democracies and environmental justice—in the 21st century.

Students read and discussed issues raised in Fareed Zakaria’s book, The Post-American World 2.0 and met with David Shipler, former New York Times chief correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land. Other semester events included social activities; a panel discussion on environmental justice; a discussion with Khalid Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns; and a visit to the Newseum in Washington, D.C., for a 9/11 memorial exhibit. In the spring, students in the Global Issues LLC will have an opportunity to meet with a world-renowned political leader and other global studies scholars who will visit the College. Students will also plan and initiate a local service learning project to broaden their interest in the ever-changing global community.

Faculty advisers work closely with the LLC students to create a connection between living and learning and students can earn one academic credit each semester by participating in the LLC.