The ground level of Blaustein Humanities Center soon will be transformed into the Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement. Renovations began in the fall of 2017 and will continue through spring 2018.
This blog will keep the Conn community up-to-date on the latest construction developments and provide news and information relating to the Walter Commons.
With construction in Blaustein well underway, the reality of the Global Commons is truly starting to sink in, and we are buzzing with anticipation in the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA)! Though we are all experiencing a sense of nostalgia for our well-loved home in Fanning Hall, we are excited for the possibilities that the new year and the new space will bring. It will be wonderful to be in close proximity to our globally-focused colleagues, and there has been much discussion on the enriching and myriad opportunities for collaboration and joint programming. We are excited for the prospect of expanding CISLA’s reach and look forward to offering enhanced and expanded student advising, in-depth pre-departure orientations and re-entry workshops, and several engaging lectures. And with the Blue Camel Café just outside our door, we will have plenty of coffee to keep the ideas flowing!
As we look toward the future of CISLA, we are proud to welcome a new class of scholars. Members of the Class of 2020 will receive their acceptance to the CISLA program this fall and will be the first CISLA scholars to begin and end their journey in the new Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement!
The Office of Study Away is gearing up for our big move to the new Otto and Fran Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement in mid January. As we speak, the first floor of Blaustein Hall is being transformed into a new state-of-the-art hub for global learning.
We are excited for the new opportunities this move will bring. The new Commons will centrally locate many globally focused offices as well as make us all more accessible for students. Our move from Fanning to the Walter Commons in Blaustein will provide more opportunities for students and faculty to work together in collaborative spaces. It also will coincide with digital upgrades that will enhance our technological capacity.
All of this will enhance Connecticut College’s mission to educate students “to put the liberal arts into action as citizens in a global society.”
We look forward to welcoming you all in our new space!
The new Walter Commons for Global Study and Engagement space will bring the world to our campus. Anchored by the College's commitment to international education and social justice, the Commons will find its new home in a modern, technologically advanced facility where our student body, faculty and staff will explore issues of global significance and collaborate with students and scholars from across the globe through videoconferencing.
Centrally located on the ground floor of Blaustein Humanities Center, this exciting renovation, designed by Centerbrook Architects, will assemble the Language and Culture Center, Office for Global Initiatives, Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts, the Center for Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Study Away Office all within one potent and dynamic sphere.
Thanks to the generous support of The Otto and Fran Walter Foundation, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the George I. Alden Trust, Susan Eckert Lynch '62 and grants from the Mellon Foundation, our vision for a physical nerve center that inspires innovation and advances dialogues about world affairs will now become a reality during the 2017-2018 academic year. It will also enable the College to enhance and implement key priorities of our Connections curriculum by integrating world languages, opportunities for global and local engagement and other off-campus learning. The renovation is scheduled to begin October 2nd.