Collaborative, High-Impact Learning
A Lafayette education is about actively exploring interests and making dynamic connections between ideas and among people, locally and globally. Together, students and faculty collaborate beyond traditional academic boundaries to tackle intellectual challenges and solve real-world problems. This high-impact approach to learning propels our graduates to lives of accomplishment.
Perhaps you’ve read the book or seen the movie Like Water for Chocolate. In one small village in Honduras, it’s just the opposite: Villagers are learning to grow a variety of crops, including cocoa, with the goal of earning an income that will help them maintain their new water system. Images by Jack Fedak ’13 Since [...]
Three Lafayette students are taking on a new challenge: fostering peace and prosperity in the violence-ridden city of Plainfield, N.J. Chemistry major Melissa Foley ’12 (Lebanon, N.J.), mathematics major Bridget Greeley ’12 (Mountainside, N.J.), and mechanical engineering major David Wenger ’12 (Montville, N.J.) have received a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to support their [...]
Although they are first-year students, Jeff Ballard ’14 (Hershey, Pa.) and Andrew Kristof ’14 (Darien, Conn.) couldn’t wait until their first hands-on engineering course. That’s why they started a project on their own and pitched it to the student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Their project earned second place this month [...]
A team of students and professors presented the College’s food loop project at the seventh annual National Sustainable Design Expo held in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Earth Day celebration last weekend in Washington, D.C. Better known as the EPA: People, Prosperity, and the Planet award competition, Lafayette’s team was invited after going [...]
Absurd Theater: Interdisciplinary, Team-Taught Course Shows Students the Social and Political Power of Art
The interdisciplinary class that students are taking this semester with Ed Kerns, Clapp Professor of Art, and Suzanne Westfall, professor of English, is completely absurd. At least, the subject matter is absurd. Kerns and Westfall are team teaching a course called Dada: Visual and Performing Art. Dada was the absurdist, anti-war, anti-art movement in the [...]