Admissions Pre-College Summer Programs
Marlboro College’s Pre-College Summer Programs offer young adults the opportunity to study with Marlboro College faculty members (ranked #1 in 2013 by Princeton Review), and to build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Each program offers an introduction to college-level academic work, combined with hands-on exploration. Evenings provide time for fun group activities ranging from collective 'zine design to ice cream at the Chelsea Royal. Space is limited to 12 participants per programs, creating vibrant communities with room for every voice.
Apply now to join us for one, two or more 2014 sessions!
Program Details (weekly schedule, travel, lodging, what to bring)
Philosophy in the Wilderness
Faculty Member: William Edelglass, philosophy
Marlboro College philosophy professor and long-time wilderness guide, William Edelglass, will take students on a physical and theoretical exploration of the environment. During this week-long canoe and hiking trip, students will explore nature, both literally and through philosophy and environmental art. We will focus particular attention on humans in the community of life, and our relations with nonhuman animals, plants, ecosystems, and what it might mean to live well in our home places. Students will also learn how to eat well and be safe and comfortable in the wilderness, how to paddle canoes, and enjoy the pleasures of solo time on the shores of a remote lake.
Ways of Knowing
Faculty Member: Amer Latif, comparative religion
What is knowledge, and how do we get it? How might eating, sleeping, reading, writing and singing be considered ways of knowing? Through participating in a range of activities such as meditation, yoga, cooking a meal, taking a walk in the woods, chocolate tasting, singing, reading short religious and philosophical texts, and writing, we will explore the nature of knowledge and the ways in which we come to know. Together, we will challenge conventional ideas of what it means to know and how one acquires knowledge. In addition to focusing on the relationship between head and heart, reason and imagination, we will pay special attention to the place and role of the body in the acquisition of knowledge.
Messages from the Past
Faculty Member: Adam Frankin-Lyons, history
In this course, we will contemplate the act of communicating through text, from flowery quill-and-ink epistles to text messages and tweets. We will both read historical correspondences—Civil War letters, letters from Rudyard Kipling, Abelard and Heloise, and others—as well as write our own messages. Students will use most of the major communication methods of the last few centuries, including quill pens and parchment, typewriters, e-mails, blog posts, and other electronic communications. Finally we will discuss formal types of letters: personal communications, business letters, letters to the editor, and open letters such as Martin Luther King’s Letter from Birmingham Jail. Come prepared with a long list of people to write to and their addresses, both physical and digital.
DNA: Barcode of Life
Faculty Member: Todd Smith, chemistry
A trained naturalist can often identify animals from the signs they leave behind, like feathers, hair, or scat, but sometimes they need help from a molecular biologist. Just like the “universal product code” used at the grocery store, DNA provides scientists with a kind of “barcode of life.” An organism’s DNA contains details about its evolutionary relationship with other organisms. In this workshop we will identify species by collecting samples, extracting DNA, and amplifying a section of the DNA using the polymerase chain reaction. We will begin with an introduction to basic molecular genetics, then develop lab skills through extensive hands-on laboratory activities. Finally, we will apply these skills as we use DNA barcoding for the identification of our samples.
Faculty Member: Kate Merrill, photography
In today’s social media frenzy, where people post images of everything from their breakfast to their most reckless moments, are representations of the self risky? Are photographs capable of defining who you are, or are they clues to who you might want to become? In 20 images, students will produce a portfolio that investigates the value of self-representation and will explore the ways in which we can reimagine ourselves. Together we will explore the mechanics of digital photography, from conception to printing. Alongside of the photographic process, students will experiment with visual narrative through various processes that may include text, mark making, and the photograph as object.
Finding the Key
Faculty Member: Matt Ollis, mathematics
Do you wish you knew the math to design your own Suduku, or to solve a Rubik's cube? Do you wonder where Lewis Carroll was going with the statement, “None of the unnoticed things, met with at sea, are mermaids?” Perhaps you think you’ve got what it takes to find the elusive treasure on a daylong, team expedition? Join math professor Matt Ollis for an exploration of puzzles of all sorts, and the math that makes them work. We will spend our days solving a variety of puzzles from across the globe—using math and techniques for problem solving—and creating our own. Whether you have been a math whiz all your life or you are looking for your inner Pythagoras, you will enjoy new challenges to puzzle over.
Building Social Movements
Faculty Member (guest): Jane Sloane, VP Global Fund for Women
What is a social movement, and what does it take to create and sustain one? Working with Jane Sloane from Global Fund for Woman, students will examine different types of social movements that have helped people to shift power and to advance their human rights. We’ll consider how young people can play a role to help others to realize their human rights, using social media and other forms of advocacy. We’ll talk about what’s needed to support some of the most marginalized voices and groups to exercise their voice and rights. Come prepared to go on site visits and to plan elements of a global social change conference designed by, and for, young people in 2015.
Green Mountain Ecology
Faculty Member: Jaime Tanner, biology
How do we observe and understand the natural world around us? During this course we will traipse through streams, walk in the woods, climb mountains, and stroll through meadows while observing the relationships of these environments to the species we find within them. We will use field guides and dichotomous keys to identify local species, and will address questions about ecological relationships by applying the same tools and methods used by ecologists. Students will learn ecology through hands-on research, from developing hypotheses and predictions to a final presentation at the end of the week. Finally, we will explore creative forms of observation through different forms of writing.
Poetry on the Peaks
Faculty Member: Kyhl Lyndgaard, writing
Did you know Henry David Thoreau climbed Mount Wantastiquet while visiting Brattleboro? Have you ever read the fire lookout tower poetry of Gary Snyder while in a fire lookout tower? We’ll add our own voices and footsteps to a variety of local peaks, writing poetry and creative nonfiction while taking forays to local mountains. Throughout the week, we’ll hike through readings that engage with the very mountains we’ll be climbing, penned by writers who have explored the same trails before us. Then we will expand our own writing horizons, trying our hand at creative writing based on experiential, place-based exercises that are informed by the ecology of our surroundings.
Ariel Brooks, Marlboro College director of non-degree programs, is happy to answer questions and can be reached at: 802-451-7118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.