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Norton Family Center for the Common Good

Exploring and practicing "the best self and the common good."

The Norton Family Center for the Common Good encourages in students an expanded understanding of their roles as citizens in a diverse democracy and fosters an active, engaged approach to citizenship in our global society. Providing programs, resources and support in classroom and extra-curricular experiences, the Center inspires students to identify, create, and sustain ideas and actions on behalf of the common good in local-to-global contexts. The Center’s curricular and community activities support the school’s mission which exhorts Loomis Chaffee students to serve “the best self and the common good.”

Throughout the year, freshmen participate in the CCG Freshman Seminars, often co-facilitated by upperclassmen. School-wide Dialogues in the Common Good center on themes drawn from school, local, national, or world issues, while bi-weekly class meetings feature Talks in the Common Good, personal narratives or position statements which illuminate the theme of “the common good.”

The Center for Common Good also actively supports and collaborates with Community Service, the Community Work Program, the Center for Global Studies, and the emerging Agriculture Program.

The Norton Center for the Common Good enjoys the good counsel and enthusiastic support of a Faculty Advisory Board as well as a Student Committee in the Common Good. Meet the directors.

Recent Dialogues and Freshman Seminars

On February 7, in his Talk in the Common Good, Michael Carter '15 delivered an extraordinarily thoughtful and insightful speech regarding the effects of social media on personal identity and community norms.
On May 7, The Center for Common Good welcomed teachers, administrators, and students for an in-depth discussion on the process of teaching and learning.
During the week of 5/5, the CCG Freshman Seminars hosted our own College Office professionals and seasoned upperclassmen in lively discussions about identifying, visiting, selecting, and applying to college.
During the week of 4/7, the CCG Freshman Seminars augmented the remarks of Bambi Mroz of the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame as she presented Pushing Past No: Overcoming the Obstacles to Success.
Loomis Chaffee will host six hundred athletes and thousands of visitors as we will receive and support the Special Olympics of Connecticut on Sunday, May 18th.
The Seminars often begin with a "Hot Topics" discussion and, in the case of this spring's unfolding events, the annexation of the Ukraine, the Supreme Court ruling on campaign donations, and continuing environmental issues...
On April 7th, Mark Openheimer, LC '92, hosted a packed house for a Dialogue entitled Religion at Loomis Chaffee
On April 11, the Center for Common Good hosted students and faculty for Under Pressure...., the first of its spring Dialogues in the Common Good.

CCG Events

3/28 - Talks in the Common Good

4/10 - Convocation on the Special Olympics at LC

4/10 - Dialogue in the Common Good: Pushing Past No: Overcoming Obstacles on the Path to Success

4/11 - Talks in the Common Good

4/11 - Dialogue in the Common Good: Pelican Pressure Points

4/11 - SEEDs Meeting

4/22 - Various events on Earth Day

4/23 - Global Studies Seminar on social justice

4/25 - Talks in the Common Good

5/5  - SEEDs Meeting

5/7 - Dialogue in the Common Good: Celebrating Teaching and Learning at LC

5/9 - Talks in the Common Good

5/13 - Community Service Banquet

5/18 - Special Olympics of Connecticut

6/6 - SEEDs Meeting

Spring Term
Freshman Seminar Dates

Week of 3/24 - Above the Fold: While You Were Out

Week of 3/31 - Social Media

Week of 4/7 - Women’s Rights, Women’s Voices: CT & the world

Week of 4/14 - Special Olympics / “disability” ability 

Week of 4/21 - Comparative Religion and Religious Pluralism  

Week of 4/28 - Music & the arts & community

Week of 5/5 - College Counseling

Week of 5/12 - Open*

Week of 5/19 - Video Planning

Week of 5/26 - Video Production   

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