Two of the LearningCommunities at Purchase College will be participating in service projects aspart of their experience.  The two listed below will be volunteering their time at the Port Chester Annual Walk/Run on Saturday August 27, 2011.  Some students will be registering participants, working the refreshment centers, handing out T-Shirts in addition to completing the walk/run. Read below for a description of the Learning Communities and check back later for pictures of the event.
Rebels and Revolutions: Counterculture from Socrates to Super Size Me
The Counterculture Learning Community explores some of the major countercultural movements in the West, beginning with theSocratic counterculture and moving to present-day initiatives.  This learning community examines the nature of each movement, identifies their distinguishing characteristics, and studies how one counterculture inspiresanother over time, specifically through art, literature, and philosophy.  Students will enroll in College Writing and a special section of theFreshman Seminar.
The Conflicts in Forms
The Conflicts in Forms Learning Community will focus on classic and modern “coming of age” issues across various literary forms and genres, including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and the graphic novel. Students will initially focus on J. D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey and the topics that arise, such as spirituality, “phoniness,” intellectuality, and personal identity after a tragic loss. Through cultural and historical analysis, students will begin to translate the work into a contemporary context and then compare it to shorter pieces by other authorsthroughout the semester. The course will culminate in an extensive final research project. This Learning Community is intended for students interested in creative writing, literature, or art or for students trying to discover a voice for the awkward and imperfect process of growing up.