Announcing Spring 2019 Community Learning Courses

In Community Learning courses, you can connect your liberal arts courses with on-the-ground projects in partnership with Hartford organizations. At Trinity, we define Community Learning as an experiential learning process that involves 1) collaborative partnerships and 2) perspective building relationships. Take a look at some of the Spring 2019 opportunities… and this list will grow.

CACT 102: Building Knowledge for Social Change, with Professor Megan Hartline, TR 2:55-4:10.
Requires admission to the Community Action Gateway. SOC


CLIC 290: Tax Policy and Inequality in Hartford, with Professor Serena Laws, F 12-1:15pm

Students will examine debates over economic inequality, tax expenditures, wealth redistribution, and will be trained to do income tax preparation, and volunteer for six hours per week to assist Hartford residents at Trinity VITA Tax Clinic at nearby Trinfo Café. Info Session Thurs. November 8th 12:15-1:15PM Raether library, Seminar room 103. Cross-referenced with PBPL and URST.


CLIC 299: Art and Community, with Professor Clare Rossini, time TBA, 0.5 credits

The course has two primary focuses: the role of the arts in individual and community identity formation, and mentoring Montessori Magnet elementary-age students as they create art.


EDUC 200: Analyzing Schools, with Professor Stefanie Wong, TR 9:25-10:40am

This course introduces the study of schooling within an interdisciplinary framework. In addition, a community learning component, where students observe and participate in nearby K-12 classrooms for three hours per week, will be integrated with course readings. SOC


EDUC 350: Teaching & Learning with Profs Jack Dougherty and Kyle Evans, F 1:15-3:55
For the community learning component, students will design, teach, and evaluate hands-on science and mathematics curricular units in cooperation with public elementary schools. SOC, Requires EDUC 200 or permission of instructor (send a one-paragraph statement of interest to either instructor)


ENVS 310: Environmental Geophysics, with Professor El Hachemi Bouali, TR 10:50-12:05

This course will introduce students to near-surface geophysical techniques, with hands-on exercises in conducting geophysical surveys, operating equipment, and data analysis.

NAT, Requires ENVS 112L and MATH 127 or higher


HFPR 201 and 202: Topics in Health Care and Health Care Research, with Professor Alison Draper, R 1:30-3:55 and TBA
Requires admission to Health Fellows Program. GLB


HISP 280: Hispanic Hartford, with Professor Aidali Aponte-Aviles, MW 1:15-2:30pm

This course seeks to place Trinity students in active and informed dialogue with the Hartford region’s large and diverse set of Spanish-speaking communities. GLB2, Requires HISP 221 or 224


HRST 373: Human Rights through Performance: The Incarcerated, with Professor Joseph Lea, W 1:15-3:55

This semester’s study will look at life behind the razor wire—what are the human rights issues that emerge in the world of the incarcerated? Included in our investigation will be the question of the death penalty, the notion of rehabilitation vs. punishment, gender-specific issues and the impact of the arts on prisoners and the institution of prison. ART


LAAL 200 and 201: Action Research Methods and Hartford Research Project, with Professor Megan Brown, M 1:15-3:55 and TBA

Requires admission to the Liberal Arts Action Lab. NUM


LATN 105: Latin in the Community, with Professor Lauren Caldwell, F 1:15-3:55PM

Students will learn a curriculum designed for middle-schoolers and read articles on Classics and community outreach to work with local schools (e.g. HMTCA) to support their Latin Club. This “lab” culminates in a final project (e.g. research poster or paper). Requires 1 semester of Latin at Trinity or 1 year of Latin elsewhere (e.g. in high school).


RHET 320: Queer Rhetorics, with Professor Nick Marino, TR 1:30-2:45pm

We will apply rhetorical methodologies to US history, popular culture, politics, and law to research the formation of LGBTQ identities alongside mainstream identities in America. HUM


PSYC 392: Human Neuropsychology, with Professor Sarah Raskin, TR 2:55-4:10pm

This course will examine the effects of disorders on human cognitive and affective functioning. Using first person accounts, case studies, and primary research articles, we will explore a series of neurological disorders including agnosia, hemispatial neglect, amnesia, and aphasia, among others. We will analyze these disorders both to understand current assessment and treatment options, and to see what these disorders can teach us about the typical attention, memory, language, executive and emotional functioning of the healthy brain. WEB, Requires PSYC 255, 256, or 261, or NESC 201.


THDN 272: Arts in Education, with Professor Rebecca Pappas, MW 1-2:30pm

This community learning course will expose students across disciplines to the ways arts are taught in classroom and studio environments, using Greater Hartford Academy for the Arts as our setting to enrich instruction and promote empowerment and equity. ART


URST 321: Geographies of Transport, with Professor Julie Gamble, TR 1:30-2:45pm

This course will introduce students to the spatial and social aspects of transportation and mobility across the globe, and debates on policymaking. SOC, Requires URST 101


Special thank you to Faculty Director of Community Learning, Jack Dougherty, and Associate Director of Community Learning, Megan Faver Hartline.