Sheepshead Bay Survey

Demolition Debris Still Litters Some Homes in the Neighborhood

This was a poignant and critical taste of academic service learning for me. I was trying for weeks to image from the comfort of my apartment on a hill in Manhattan that will never see flood damage (unless it is the end of times….) what the people of coastal neighborhoods went through. I never made the effort to swipe my metro card and go see for myself, until now. Seeing things for yourself and trying to find even a brief (15 minute) relationship with someone in the neighborhood (thanks to the local volunteers and very gracious home owners)  places such a tragedy into your own sphere of reference, which is something to build upon to take positive steps for the future.

Most important to me was the time listening on the door step or in the foyer to the experience of that night in October, the strong belief that nothing was going to happen in that neighborhood, the sudden realization (to late) that it was happening, the fear and stress of water rising at your doorstep and not knowing when it would stop or go away. I definitely needed to hear this to have any sense at all what they went through and are still going through.

In regard to emergency preparedness for the future, communication of quality information, neighborhood by neighborhood, is the most fundamental requirement. The survey sparked strong and thoughtful responses from the residents as they turned their experience into a learning opportunity for everyone. This perhaps I appreciated most of all.


Reflections on service learning, work, play, peace, war, and March snowstorms.

Photo by Outi Popp  Ten years ago we screamed against the war. They laughed. People said we didn’t know what we were doing. We were arrested. Detained. And history has now prooven us right. Keep on screaming people.   As my friend Outi points out: 10 years ago we were marching against Iraq war but we were ridiculed. Still hoping 2 c Bush, Cheney, Blair in Haig and still marching and biking for peace! Pic: Piece of Berlin Wall @Battery Park City. Time’s Up & Peace Museum Peace Ride.



Thanks so much for organizing the amazing outing gang.

I wrote a long post on the trip, as well as my weekend speaking at the Museum of the City of New York about community organizing, our peace ride, war, peace, riots and March snowstorms.

I’d love your comments.

Preparation for Friday, March 15, Academic Service Learning experience

In preparation for our seminar meeting this Friday, March 15, please review the attached documents:

Interdisciplinary Mixer

I wanted to let everyone know about this event coming up on Friday, March 8th — if you have the opportunity to attend I think you’ll find it aligns perfectly with the work you are doing in the Living Lab.

Interdisciplinary Mixer Poster

Interdisciplinary teaching creates connections among traditionally discrete academic disciplines and develops students’ abilities to think critically, integrate knowledge, collaborate, recognize bias, and many other competencies. Hear from your colleagues who have successfully integrated interdisciplinary approaches into their teaching. Share ideas with colleagues and brainstorm ways to collaborate on interdisciplinary teaching and learning.

Friday March 8, 2013
9:30 to 11:30 am
Faculty & Staff Lounge, A632