Join the MLLC in 2013!
For more details and application information, please visit
pages.vassar.edu/mllc2012/

The Multidisciplinary Learning-Living Community is an opportunity to engage in a focused, semester-long exploration of a topic that crosses disciplinary boundaries and that is deeply important to a lot of us. The basic idea is that students can have a richer learning experience if they both live and study with a small cohort of people with common interests. About 15-20 students will enroll in the same set of classes, which are coordinated to be complementary, and they’ll live together in cooperative housing. (We’ll work with students to help ensure that people get along in this context.) Since we’ll all have the same schedule, we’ll also have the opportunity to do field trips and projects that aren’t possible in a normal semester. You can think of it a bit like a focused JYA experience, only it happens here, in this fascinating historical and cultural environment of the Hudson Valley, which is incredibly rich in resources and ideas. The focus on food lets us dig into many different questions, from basic science to political and social implications of our farming systems. That’s why this needs to be a multidisciplinary experience. Our central questions will be about the social and anthropological roles of food in culture, the biological origins of the plants and animals we depend on, the physical geography that underlies our farming systems, and the ways modern farming is changing our soil and water resources. But these questions are just the beginning, since this topic encompasses so many different areas of inquiry.

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