Community-Based Learning Workshops and Lectures

The CSC offers annual lectures and workshops on Community-Based Learning topics that are open to the Johns Hopkins community and area institutions. These sessions are free of charge and are usually held in the spring. We will be updating this page as new events are planned. In the meantime, check out below the previous events that were hosted.

Previous Events:

Spring 2016

Connecting Classroom and Community | Speaker – Dr. Joe Bandy

Dr. Joe Bandy is the Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching and affiliated faculty in the Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. He provided information on topics including:

  • The Benefits of Community-Engaged Teaching
  • An Overview of Teaching Models
  • Community Partnership Development and Ethics
  • Navigating Issues of Privilege and Cultural Competency

The workshop also included small group discussions facilitated by JHU faculty and staff with experience in academic-community partnerships. The Center for Social Concern and Center for Educational Resources co-sponsored this faculty workshop that provided an overview of community based classroom pedagogies and best practices.

Spring 2015

Build It and they Will Come? | Speaker – Dr. Steve Viscelli

CBL 1 Dr. Steve Viscelli (PhD, Indiana; MA, Syracuse; BA, Colgate) is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at Swarthmore College. He provided a case study on courses that led to the development of a rooftop greenhouse project and other STEM efforts at a South Philadelphia public school. Dr. Viscelli’s research focuses on the economics of labor markets, particularly in the trucking industry. Dr. Viscelli’s teaching covers a range of topics related to inequality, public policy and methods. Recently he has taught two different CBL courses: 1) research methods and one on public policy and educational inequality. In these classes students researched, designed and built a number of STEM education-focused resources at an under-resourced public school in South Philadelphia, including a rooftop garden, a greenhouse with an aquaponics system, and a mushroom farming project.

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Social Concern and the Earth, Environment, and Sustainability Initiative.

Spring 2014

Learning Through Engagement:
Linking Together the University and the Community
Speaker – Dr. Susan Clampet-Lundquist

The guest speaker was Susan Clampet-Lundquist, Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Through her courses and research on the effects of social policy and urban development on families and youth in both Philadelphia and Baltimore, Professor Clampet-Lundquist has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to social justice and fostering meaningful community partnerships. In her lecture, “Learning Through Engagement: Linking Together the University and the Community,” Professor Clampet-Lundquist will discuss two of her CBL courses. The first course discussed was about students working alongside a prison population. The second course included pedagogical methods for preparing students for community work as they encounter issues of privilege, race and class differences. Detailed information on Dr. Clampet-Lundquist’s research and publications can be found by viewing her faculty page. The Center for Social Concern, the Community-Based Learning Advisory Board, and the Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University presented the 2nd Annual CBL Public Lecture.

Spring 2013

Food and Health:
Connecting Communities and Classrooms in Philadelphia with the University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative
Speakers – Mary Summers and Jarrett Stein

The University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Nutrition Initiative (UNI) connects University of Pennsylvania students and youth in West and North Philadelphia Public Schools through outreach projects around food, gardening, and nutrition education. Mary Summers, a Senior Fellow in University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership Program and a Lecturer in Political Science, offers coursework that supports UNI. Jarrett Stein is the Director of Student and Academic Engagement for UNI and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture and discussion was a great way to showcase Community-Based Learning while discussing issues surrounding food, urban health, and urban education. This event was co-sponsored by The Center for Social Concern, Community-Based Learning Advisory Board and the JHU Center for Livable Future.