Privilege and Poverty at Middlebury is a curricular initiative that brings together faculty, students, and staff interested in studying economic inequality—its causes, its effects on human communities and the environment, and even the language with which we talk about the “privileged” and the “poor.” Privilege and Poverty is an experiment at Middlebury, an invitation to issue-based learning in a dynamic and interdisciplinary format, one that combines the resources from many traditional departments and programs with “real world” internships in agencies working to alleviate poverty. Privilege and Poverty is not a formal major or minor, but it is a program with coherence, relevance, and intellectual depth that complements any other major course of study. Privilege and Poverty takes your first-rate Middlebury education and applies it directly to one of the world’s most vexing social problems. So if you want to apply yourself to understanding (and combatting) poverty, this initiative may be for you! Spend some time on the rest of our site, and feel free to contact one of the directors or participating faculty for more information.
James Calvin Davis (Religion) is the Academic Director of the Privilege & Poverty initiative. Professor Davis teaches social ethics and American religious history at Middlebury.(see more…)
Tiffany Nourse Sargent, Director of Community Engagement at Middlebury College, is the Internship Director for the Privilege & Poverty initiative.(see more…)
Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation When I heard about the Shepherd Internship Program, I was immediately excited at the opportunity to combine my interest in economics and public policy with my desire to do work that improves people’s lives. I was lucky enough to be placed in an internship with Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation…Read more…