Innovative Jan Plan Choices


For more than 40 years now, Jan Plan has offered intriguing opportunities for Colby students to try something new, and January 2006 is no different.

By S.C.

A new course, Economics 215, is called Made in China. After the class spends four days visiting American manufacturing plants, Assistant Professor

Phil Brown will take 12 students to China to study the economic, political, and social issues associated with that country's rapid growth.

In The Career Experience, 15 first- and second-year students will examine historical, economic, and social changes in the world of work before spending four days in Boston exploring careers, including one day job shadowing.

This year Professor Mark Tappan's Urban and Multicultural Practicum in Education course will send nine students to volunteer in a charter school for children displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The course is the latest phase in Colby's hurricane relief efforts, which contributed $25,000 to help establish the NOW College Prep school in Houston for evacuees. (See Relief for Katrina's Children)

In Theater and Dance, renowned off-Broadway monologuist Michael Daisey '96 will be in residence to teach a course, Drama and Dance: Performing Stories, working with students on the art of storytelling and extemporaneous autobiographical solo performance.

Add these new entries to some of the perennial favorites"American Independent Films (including a trip to Sundance), Israelis and Palestinians: Conflict and Accommodation, Blacksmithing or Furniture Making at the Hume Center, Tolkien's Sources"and Jan Plan sounds at least as good as ever.