“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
Semester 51 was charged with being the first semester to complete a Human Ecology Project. This component of the curriculum was introduced as an opportunity to explore something that matters to our students, and that relates to people’s relationships with the natural world. We want Chewonki students to have a chance, outside of disciplinary boundaries, to dig into an area of their own interests, develop their thinking skills, create something to share with others, and contribute to natural and human communities here in Maine or where they live.
Gemma Laurence of Semester 51 developed her Human Ecology Project around environmental activism through the power of music. This is the song she wrote as her final product, speaking out against the Portland-Montreal pipeline and the effects of tarsands in Maine.
Gemma harvests potatoes on Chewonki’s Salt Marsh Farm during her semester.
We’re excited to see what projects Semester 52 will develop as they explore their relationship with nature this spring!