The Avery Point Learning Community presents
The mission of Global Café, an Avery Point Learning Community, is to provide students and faculty opportunities to collaborate in discussions pertaining to social and environmental issues, locally and globally. The AP Global Café emphasizes the theme "Local Environments, Global Citizens," where academic inquiry and activism are integrated to bridge communities of knowledge and broaden opportunities for teaching and learning.
Global Café supports the following goals for students:
- engage students in the Avery Point community
- increase student collaboration across disciplines
- encourage student reflection and coherence of learning across disciplines
- increase students’ interest in campus-wide perspectives
- increase students’ sense of civic responsibility
- prepare students for the interdisciplinary realities of life beyond school
Global Café supports the following goals for faculty members:
- build a campus-wide community through teaching and learning
- encourage and motivate new approaches to teaching and learning
- increase faculty collaboration across disciplines
- increase faculty members’ interest in campus-wide perspectives
- increase faculty members’ sense of civic responsibility
The intent is to discuss contemporary and popular topics that shape our world and touch students, specifically, in some direct way. The goal of the Global Cafe is to engage in collegial, interdisciplinary dialogue where multiple perspectives on current issues are explored.
AP Global Café focuses on "Academics + Action." As far as structure is concerned, the Café is hosting three lunchtime discussions on campus in the fall 2013 semester, each featuring three sections: (1) a 20-minute academic discussion of a topic, led by a UConn faculty member; (2) a 20-minute presentation/discussion on that same or closely related topic led by a local activist or non-profit organization (like F.R.E.S.H. or Fiddleheads, for example); and (3) a culminating 20-minute discussion led by a student or small student panel. These lunchtime discussions take place on Tuesday 9/17, Tuesday 10/15, and Wednesday 11/13. The new Student Center is the Café’s hub for scholarly discussion and exchange, as the informal space available there helps make these events attractive and accessible to students.
The major theme is "Local Environments, Global Citizens," with a focus on issues of social justice and environmentalism. In the fall of 2013, all Global Café discussions will center on the food we eat.
Food is approachable from a variety of lenses and therefore links to many of our disciplines. We anticipate presentations and conversations on topics like GMOs; natural and organic foods; sustainable foods; food’s relationship to poverty, asthma, allergies, and obesity; and much more. Also, World Food Day is October 16th, and other groups, including the Groton Public Library, are planning events on food as well.
These discussions continue long after the sessions are over via a student-run Facebook page. This page includes information on our program and events, but also information on other related events, links to related materials, and blogs—all aimed at keeping students interested and involved. For a schedule of events, visit us on Facebook.
Page last updated August 9, 2013