Summer 2019 Fellowship Themes

Fellows apply to one of the following themes.

storytelling & Narrative

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Story is a tool for persuading, for participating, and for problem solving. It is a powerful way we learn, influence and are influenced—we are, quite literally, wired for story. In this fellowship, students will learn about narrative—what makes them good or bad, how to make them better, and how the medium shapes the message (what makes for good TV vs. good listening vs. good reading). We’ll use our fellowship time to introduce concepts, to workshop material, and to hear from guest speakers, including members of the Washington press corps.

analytics for current events


Are we really becoming more polarized or is that just a headline? How have attitudes toward immigration changed over time? What issues are trending and which are people voting on? In this fellowship, we’ll learn the skills to get beyond the headlines: analyzing, visualizing, and storytelling with data. This skillset will not just enable you to evaluate headlines, it will give you the tools to write your own. We’ll use our fellowship time to learn and practice tools, have debates and discussions, and hear from guest speakers who work in the field.

Practical psychology


Practical Psychology pulls together the most useful concepts from across psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology. Because the more we understand how we and others operate—how we learn, how we decide, what motivates us—the more we can become authors of our own lives. We’ll use our fellowship time to engage in simulations and discussions, as well as hear from guest speakers. The concepts covered in this class are distinct from those in AP Psychology and the orientation is toward using them in your own life, not memorizing them.

Science in Society


In a short period of time, science has rapidly advanced our understanding of the world and our standard of living in it. With a wider aperture, this class gives students the space to explore issues that are bigger than any one branch of science. In doing so, students have opportunities to find an issue, problem, or idea that they connect with that they can study or work on in college and beyond. Topics covered will range from the ethical implications of advances in genetics and medicine to whether we should be more focused on getting off of earth or surviving on it. We’ll use our fellowship time to engage in debates and discussions, as well as hear from guest speakers.