Will you be ready when you testify before Congress? Argue before the Supreme Court? Defend your PhD thesis? After the past few weeks, each of our students is more prepared for these challenges. The reason? Their capstone collaborative policy document experience.Read More
Each semester we leave room for speakers who do not fit neatly into one of our weekly case studies. Some of these sessions blossom into popular new case studies (our Spring 2010 meeting with Lissa Muscatine, for example), and some become the stuff of SEGL legend (President Barack Obama in Summer 2017).
No part of our Constitution has generated more emotion than the Second Amendment. From school shootings to Charlton Heston’s famous rallying cry (“From my cold, dead hands!”), our debate over guns hits at our national core.
This week we met with three leading voices on different sides of that debate: an NRA past President, a leading Constitutional attorney, and a local activist. Their arguments bolstered our students’ critical thinking skills and brought nuance and complexity to their understanding.Read More
Last week at the end of Morning Meeting one of our students offered these words from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre:
I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.Read More
Welcome to SEGL TV! We hope this new endeavor will help us stay connected in these difficult times.
In the coming weeks, we will feature blog posts written by current SEGL at ALA students, offering their perspective on what they are learning and living here in Johannesburg. This week, Lila K. from NY and Isadora G-L from MA offer us their perspectives on the most recent case study about development and entrepreneurship, which will help prepare students to begin their Social Venture Projects (SVPs), one of SEGL’s three Capstones.Read More
Three long whistle tweets, four stretched-out syllables (“TOES–ON–THE–LINE!”), and dozens of scurrying first and second grade feet: it’s 4:30pm Wednesday at Thomson Public Elementary School and time for another “Books and Basketball” session!Read More
The “Master Class” is perhaps the most challenging and rewarding of SEGL’s academic traditions. Several times a semester, students present and defend a “deliverable” in front of a distinguished expert who questions, advises, and evaluates their effort. The deliverable might be a policy memo, an ethical argument, or–as it was last week–a three minute speech.Read More
Now more than a month in, SEGL at ALA students have established routines and settled into a rhythm, building a home here and finding familiarity within the new experiences they are having both on and off campus.Read More