2011-12: Too Much Stuff?

Is Less More? Consumerism in Today's Society

"There must be more to life than having everything!"
—Maurice Sendak in his book, Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life

Calhoun's 2011–2012 Yearly Theme explores the questions raised by consumerism in today's society by addressing these and other related topics:Is less more? Will consuming less solve some of our environmental problems? (eg: reduce, reuse, recycle, refuse)

  • Should we go back to a simpler life of basic necessities?
  • What is the farm to table movement?
  • Where does all the garbage go? How does it affect out environment?
  • Conservation & energy alternatives
  • What is "Made in America? " Does it matter?
  • What is Fair Trade?

Social Action

Social Action is an integral part of Calhoun's yearly theme intiatives. If you have suggestions as to how our students, faculty and parents can turn their explorations into community action, please contact Josephine Salvador, Director of School & Society, or Debbie Aronson, Director of Community Serivce.Some possible suggestions for social action: Continue our commitments to organizations/projects dealing with recycling, water and energy conservation.

Common Read

Born to Buy: The Commercialized Child and the New Consumer Culture, by Juliet Schor.
In preparation for the yearly theme, members of Calhoun's community are invited to participate in the school's first COMMON READ. A book discussion evening will be held on Oct. 20, 6pm. Please RSVP here if you are interested in attending.

Upper School Big Read

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Upper School students and faculty were invited to put this satiric dystopian novel on their summer reading list; a follow-up discussion will be held in the fall.Other community members might be interested in reading/re-reading this classic novel as well!




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For More Information

We welcome the involvement of everyone connected to Calhoun. Please contact us with any questions or comments, or resources we should add to our library. We are also happy to give tours of our school to outside educators!

Andrew Hume

Main Building 3rd - 12th Grades 433 West End Avenue New York, NY 10024 212.497.6500

Robert L. Beir Lower School Building 2.8 Years - 2nd Grade 160 West 74th Street New York, NY 10023 212.497.6550

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