Mathematics of Social Justice Workshop

Schedule update: The workshop will convene at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20; the opening dinner will be at 6:45. We will wrap up our work at noon on Saturday, June 23. The latest version of the evolving schedule can be found here.

Workshop details: Here you will find a reading assignment, travel information, and so forth.

A list of participants is now available.



The Mathematics of Social Justice

The Second Course Development Workshop on the Mathematics of Social Justice will take place at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, June 20 – 23, 2007. The goals for this workshop are to  (1) broaden the base of college mathematics faculty serving as voices of experience in incorporating social justice questions into their teaching, (2) enlarge and improve upon the set of resources for course development available to mathematics faculty, including service-learning and other project models, and (3) plan outreach efforts to bring resources to those who can use them.

Workshop participants will work collaboratively on modules for a variety of mathematics and statistics courses, exploring connections between quantitative literacy and social justice issues such as apportionment, income distribution, and the environment.  Working groups will also consider models for service-learning projects in mathematics courses.  This meeting will build on the work begun at Lafayette College in May of 2006; as with that workshop, some specific topics will be determined by the participants. 

The organizers invite applications from faculty members who have offered mathematics courses with civic engagement themes as well as newcomers to the effort. We can accommodate at most 30 participants.  In general, applications will be accepted first-come, first served; however, priority will be given to applicants who have recently taught or will soon teach relevant courses.  Participation requires a commitment to contribute to the development and execution of the outreach plan. Applications are available here (as an MSWord form or a PDF document) or from Priscilla Bremser, and are due by April 1.

This workshop has support from the Learn and Serve America Corporation through the Pennsylvania/New York Campus Compact Consortium, Lafayette College, Middlebury College, West Chester University, Moravian College, and East Stroudsburg University.   Housing on the Middlebury campus will be provided, as will modest travel stipends for participants whose institutions are members of the New York or Pennsylvania Campus Compacts. The registration fee is $120.   Most meals will be on campus and are included in the fee.


Middlebury College   Rob Root's Resource List for the Lafayette Workshop