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Reunion on the Ridge Focuses on Service-Learning

On June 17-20, 2004, Berea College will host the Tenth Anniversary of the National Gathering.

This unique conference is presented by Educators for Community Engagement (E4CE), a national membership organization of faculty, staff, community partners, and students, committed to the integration of learning and service. The annual meeting of E4CE is a gathering of members and friends who wish to learn more about or to deepen their practice of service-learning, through focused discussion of their work. Gatherings feature Learning Circles, as well as interactive workships and programs highlighting the region of the host institution. For more information, please read on and visit the website created specifically for this event. The registration form can be downloaded from the website. Please note that all Berea College faculty, staff, students, and community partners are considered part of the Berea team, and eligible to register at the special team rate. Please register soon - space is limited! If you have further questions, please contact Sherry Bosch through email or call x3552.

Educators for Community Engagement invite you to attend the 10th Anniversary of the National Gathering, in Berea, Kentucky, on the edge of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Register by clicking the link at the end.

Whether you are new to E4CE or an old friend, this "Reunion on the Ridge" promises to be a powerful event. The coordinating committee in Berea has worked hard to design service-learning workshops related to this unique Appalachian setting. These experiential community sessions will introduce you to the heart of the National Gathering, the learning circles. Come meet new friends, reunite with longtime colleagues, and tackle some of the most important issues facing campuses and communities today.

June 17, 18, 19th 2004

We have created a entire new website for this important Gathering! Visit the site below to find out why this will be one of the most memorable service-learning events of the year. Through critical workshops and learning-circles we will share our knowledge and stories about the topics through deep dialogue that is empowering and transforming.

Berea College offers a unique setting for celebrating our past and looking forward. The College was founded in 1855 to serve the Appalachian region and to provide interracial education, especially to African Americans and whites, men and women. Berea is a federal work college, and is unique in that it offers full-tuition scholarships to all students, who must come from low-income backgrounds. The rich cultural, service, and social justice traditions of Appalachian communities will provide an exciting context for our Gathering.

As always the Educators for Community Engagement seeks inclusion of all stake holders and so we offer scholarships and special team rates. Visit the website for Additional information and registration materials: Remember your registration costs includes a one year membership in the Educators for Community Engagement!

Topics Include:
* Leading Learning Circles
* Local History and Place
* Issues in Community Work for the Seasoned Practitioner
* Doing Community Work & Education Times of Crisis
* Community-based Research
* Life-Long Paths: Vocation, Spirituality & Work
* Making the Case: Assessment, Evaluation, Outcomes & Impacts
* Community Building & Development: Being In, Of and With Communities
* Learning Through Social Movements: Then & Now
* Working, Living & Learning in Multicultural Communities
* Student-Directed Social Action
* Environmentalism and Sustainable Living
* Labor Issues and Socio-economic Class
* Issues in International Service-Learning

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