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…)
John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter in Vergennes, Vermont As the wettest June in Vermont history began this summer, I prepared for my first day of work at the John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter. Soaked and apprehensive about what the internship would hold, I made my way to the shelter, out of the rain and into the cozy…Read more…