Marist Praxis Project for Public/Global Citizenship
Public Praxis team to Haiti, Spring 2011
Coming soon... Tribute to Bruce as
Kolkata children's he retires.
drawings and photographs
Joseph and Matt - Haiti Praxis Team
"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems."
"I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist...as citizens, to find the real truth of our lives and our society is a crucial obligation...and is, in fact, mandatory."
-Harold Pinter, dramatist
"Today's real borders are not between nations, but between powerful and powerless, free and fettered, privileged and humiliated."
"And it is equally a mistake to place inactivity above action, for...the activity of the just and wise is the realization of much that is noble."
Calcutta street child first time coloring Kit with child - picture taken by youth at orphanage.
Students can earn a Minor in Public Praxis!
Check the Public Praxis Brochure for more information.
As an academic response to the social disintegration characterizing much of present public life, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies together with the Department of Sociology has established an interdisciplinary minor in Public Praxis. Committed to fully engaged learning, global awareness, solidarity with those subject to injustice, and public work with a view toward a more just and humane world, the Minor requires students to integrate work for the common good and scholarship, with critical reflection and analysis. A Capping course provides an opportunity for students to initiate, work out all details, and institutionalize (establishing in some on –going form) their own project.
A typical Praxis assignment requires a student to:
- Engage in at least twelve hours of public work (about two hours per week for six weeks)
- Keep a journal of critical reflections about the Praxis experience
- Attend two one-hour roundtable discussions with other Praxis participants
- Produce a public document that integrates the public work experience with theoretical research, and contributes to public consciousness.
Students usually find the Praxis experience rewarding, because it is an "eye opener" to a vast array of community needs and public work opportunities, and because the "real world" relevance of class readings and theoretical research often becomes quite vivid. Sometimes, students discover commitments to community work that long outlast the deadlines for their Praxis assignments.
The MPP has been honored by the Templeton Foundation as one of the best programs in the country for promoting citizenship. It is also cited on the Princeton Review website as one of the best things about Marist College from a student's perspective.
With appreciation to former Projectkeeper, Dr. Greg Moses, for his contribution to this text and for his seminal work with the Marist Praxis Project.
Global Praxis Site in Les Cayes, Haiti
Haiti public work at HELO (Home Education Love Opportunity)
orphanage, and care and advocacy at recently opened Restavek House (for rescued child slaves).
Domtila Alchola holding girl under red bow. Joseph Berkes deeply connecting with former restavek boy.
Sharon McDowell at table with orphanage artists. Dwajuana Stokes being hugged.
Elisabeth, co-founder of orphanage, taking in baby with Jennifer Klipper holding baby Saphira (see Jen's children's
Jen along side (Jen later adopts baby's support) story - click on left column Public Scholarship link)
Dr. Paul Farmer - inspiration to the Praxivist students at Eleanor Roosevelt Medal Ceremony
MPP with Domtila, Elisabeth, Joseph honoring Dr. Paul Farmer
and Jeff on the left and Jorden on the right.
"Haiti: the Power of Praxis and Solidarity" by Matthew Wilk with Joseph Berkes
2011 Silver Fox Award, first place; finalist Upstate Theatre Regional contest.
To be posted:
- Video of Haiti Solidarity Day with speakers, displays, events 2010.
Global Praxis Site at Sree Durga dump in Kolkata
Praxivist Visit Kolkata Booklet
See Calcutta Journal at http://www.thebelovedcommunity.org/
Most pictures taken by Sree Durga youth.
|Children lay baby in sidewalk shrine.||New uniforms for school|
|Children holding children||Boy from Sree Durga dump|
A moment of solidarity among women
Lindsay, Kamini, and Sharon Painting by a young artist from the Sree Durga Project
Next public work visit to Sree Durga dump, March 10 - 18, 2012
Please see Global Praxis Projects link in left column for more information.
Calcutta Children's/Sree Durga Project Newsletter -pictures and text of the 2009 public praxis visit to the families living and working at the Sree Druga dump in Kolkata, India. Support from Marist community helps with health and other needs, and sends children to school. We want to send teens for vocational training, as well, to open up opportunities for them.
Many Paths, One Tribe Interfaith Project
Many Paths One Tribe is a Public Praxis Project of pre-med adult student, Sharon McDowell, is dedicated to fostering an attitude of respect, acceptance, even solidarity for all people of good will practicing their faith-paths. Please visit site at http://foxweb.marist.edu/users/kfvtk/index.htm
What is "Higher" Education For?
What is "Higher" Education For? Purpose, Praxis, and the Public Good - A Case for Equipping Students for Public/Global Citizenship; CTE presentation with Mar Peter-Raoul, Joseph Zeppetello, and Bruce Luske, October 7 2009.
In left column, click on:
course listings; praxis sites;
Student's Citizen Journals;
Example of student public scholarship, "The Sex-Slave Tragedy" see public scholarship link on left for other social booklets.