Advanced history students at Loomis Chaffee interviewed Jelani Cobb, a historian, staff writer at The New Yorker, nominee for the Pulitzer Prize, and the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia University, for a convocation on October 29.
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 students to serve “the best self and the common good.”
Throughout the year, 9th grade students participate in the Seminars in the Best Self and 10th grade students participate in the Seminars in the Common Good. School-wide Dialogues in the Common Good center on themes drawn from school, local, national, or world issues, personal narratives or position statements which illuminate the theme of “the common good.”
The Norton Center also actively supports and collaborates with Community Service, the Community Work Program, and the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies.
Members of the Loomis Chaffee Climate Action group and environmental proctors (e-proctors) led an online workshop for school community members who are alarmed about the climate crisis but are unsure of what action to take on October 19.
Political scientist Yascha Mounk engaged with Loomis Chaffee Head of School Sheila Culbert in a conversation about current threats to democracies and the rise of populism around the world for a video convocation geared toward juniors and seniors.