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News Marlboro College expands summer program for high school students

MARLBORO, VT – (April 2, 2013) – Building on the success of a pilot program last summer, Marlboro College is set to offer its second summer of weeklong programs for high school students. The college will offer nine programs, each one combining an introduction to college-level work with hands-on exploration, from mid-June to late July this year. 

“Many other colleges run summer programs, but the opportunity to do both experiential learning combined with substantial, but not overwhelming, college learning is usually missing,” said Ariel Brooks, director of non-degree programs at Marlboro. “I want these programs to be both wonderful academic experiences as well as and social happenings and opportunities for growth.”

Marlboro’s summer programs offer young adults the opportunity to study with college faculty members and to build relationships with a group of other students passionate about learning, in the classroom and out. Each summer program focuses on a specific subject area, with titles like “DNA: Barcode of Life,” “Poetry on the Peaks,” “Eating Against the Machine” and “I Think Therefore I Make.”

“It’s very cool for high school kids to be able to come to Marlboro, hang out with accessible college faculty and current students, and talk about subjects in the kind of detail they do not normally get to talk about in high school,” said Brooks.

Professor of philosophy William Edelglass piloted one of the first two programs last summer, called “Philosophies of the Wilderness” (this year it is “Exploring the More-Than-Human World”). With experience as a wilderness guide for various organizations, Edelglass wished to integrate theoretical readings with the opportunity for active experiences in nature. 

“Last summer, the students bonded immediately over the practical tasks of preparing the gear, and playing fun games,” Edelglass said. “There’s something about the time you have together as a group over meals, while you’re cooking, while hiking and canoeing, in which deep discussions and teaching and engagement happen as a sort of grace, and I love that.  Some of the most powerful times were experienced doing things that cannot be done in a classroom.”

Last year’s students hold “Philosophies of the Wilderness” in high regard.  One wrote, “It was the best thing I have ever encountered,” and another, that “It pushed me to excel outside my comfort zone.”  

Politics professor Meg Mott, who piloted a program called “Eating Against the Machine” last year and looks forward to this summer, said “I really wish for my students to begin thinking about food as a larger part of an economic system. The program last year was truly a high point of my teaching career.”

Second priority deadline for application for the summer programs is April 17, 2013. Final deadline is May 31, 2013. For information on the programs or to apply visit

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With locations in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains and downtown Brattleboro, Marlboro College provides independent thinkers with exceptional opportunities to broaden their intellectual horizons, benefit from a small and close-knit learning community, create a strong framework for personal and career fulfillment and make a positive difference in the world. At our undergraduate campus in the town of Marlboro and our Center for Graduate and Professional Studies in Brattleboro, students engage in deep exploration of their interests—and discover new avenues for using their skills to benefit themselves and others—in an atmosphere that emphasizes critical and creative thinking, independence, social justice, sustainability and community.


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