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The 2018-19 IRW Learning Community -- Public Catastrophes, Private Losses

The Institute for Research on Women invites all undergraduates to apply for its Fall 2018 non-residential Learning Community titled "Public Catastrophes, Private Losses." This discussion-based, 1.5 credit seminar meets once a week (Thursdays, 4:30-6 pm on Douglass Campus) and is a space for open dialogue to explore a variety of topics related to the theme. We have dinner together, take part in digital technology and professionalization workshops, attend the IRW's Distinguished Lecture Series and field trips, and conduct research on individual topics of choice that will culminate in a final podcast or video (no experience necessary prior to the course). Students are encouraged to develop projects that center on any form of physical and emotion dislocation, whether personal or global, including forced migration, natural disasters, health epidemics, war, genocide, loss, mourning, witnessing, illness, police violence, and LGBTQ rights, among others.



  • Earn 1.5 course credits
  • Attend IRW Distinguished Lectures, class field trip, and watch films
  • Create intellectual community with peers and network with scholars, activists, artists and professionals
  • Acquire presentation skills
  • Develop a research project
  • Meet only once per week, Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Food and fun in an intimate seminar setting!


Meet our 2018-2019 Learning Community Scholars


Contact Us

IRW building

Institute for Research on Women

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New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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