Program Dates – June 25 through July 28
Program Theme – Into the Borderlands: Living and Learning Where Worlds Collide
One thing that is undeniably true is that our world is in a constant state of change. In some senses, this change is physical and literal. The surface of the earth is forever changing its landscapes and waterways, and the impact humankind is making with its presence on this planet is increasingly contributing to the speed and scope of that change. Other changes are legal or political. For virtually all of recorded history some event – war, plague, famine, natural disasters – has displaced one population and pressed it up against another one, inevitably resulting in both cultural friction and syncretism. Even within a single culture, values and definitions of art and self expression ebb and flow, and the combination of past works with future technology pushes artists in all genres to innovate new ways to share the human experience. Even language itself morphs and evolves at a rate that is faster than it can be studied, in part because it is constantly adapting to the world it is tasked with conceptualizing.
How does one live in a world where the only constant is change? This summer’s coursework at The New Jersey Scholars Program will examine this question and many others, as a new class of rising seniors prepares to set out upon a globe that is immeasurably in flux.
A crucial part of the magic of the New Jersey Scholars Program (NJSP) derives from the fact that the Scholars live together for five weeks in one dormitory with each sex residing on separate floors. Together they help each other rise to the challenges posed by NJSP. The camaraderie that develops is extraordinary. With their resident housemaster and assistant housemasters, the Scholars learn to live together, learn together, and laugh together. Athletics provide a useful way to rest the brain and are conveniently accessible at The Lawrenceville School’s athletic facilities – where the Scholars can enjoy a variety of athletics. Scholars also organize a few off-campus jaunts for a change of pace. The program ends with a graduation ceremony to which all parents and families are invited. All-in-all, the New Jersey Scholars Program offers an extraordinary experience.
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast in the Irwin Dining Center where students and faculty will frequently share ideas, announcements, and presentations
8:30-10:00 a.m. – Morning lecture for all Scholars and faculty
10:15-11:45 a.m. – Morning seminar session (small groups of Scholars with a faculty member)
12:00 Noon – Lunch in the Irwin Dining Center
1:30-3:00 pm – Afternoon seminar session
Free time – Reading, research as well as relaxation and athletics
5:30 p.m. – Dinner in the Irwin Dining Center
8:00-10:00 p.m. – Study Hall; there will be occasional evening lectures or films.
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