In The Great Good Place, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg described the importance of public gathering places third places – where people can connect with others outside their formal roles at home and work. The third place, Oldenburg suggested, is necessary to individual happiness, creating opportunity to relax and find respite from social pressures. 

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In The Great Good Place, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg described the importance of public gathering places third places – where people can connect with others outside their formal roles at home and work. The third place, Oldenburg suggested, is necessary to individual happiness, creating opportunity to relax and find respite from social pressures. Whether a bar, coffee shop, library, church, or community center, third places contribute to the success of culture and society by providing time and occasion for ideas to be exchanged.   

Many colleges and universities do not fit Oldenburg’s model, as departmentalized structures do not always lend themselves to community building and learning.  At The Graduate Institute (TGI), however, knowledge seekers will discover a third place distinct from other social and intellectual venues.  The Graduate Institute is a chartered, accredited non-profit institution of higher learning offering unique Master of Arts degree programs in emerging fields of inquiry including Experiential Health & Healing, Conscious Evolution, Holistic Thinking, Oral Traditions, and Irenic (Peace) Studies. Each program is grounded in the Institute’s desire to create community and invites colleagues to form an authentic confederacy.  Through its commitment to the cohort community learning model, TGI creates a third place for lifelong learners which endures far beyond the classroom.   

With the recent opening of its first official campus in Bethany, CT, The Graduate Institute is poised to serve as a dynamic third place for individuals from all walks of life for years to come.  Cohorts of the various graduate programs meet in various locations for monthly gatherings with like-minded peers, where dialogue, debate, reflection, and other integral third place processes are facilitated and encouraged. 

If you are seeking a third place, consider learning at The Graduate Institute. Call the Admissions Office or attend an Information Session soon!

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