- Week 1: June 3-7
- Week 2: June 10-14
- Week 3: June 17-21
Instructors: Jane Sidey & Sven Dubie
(Park Tudor Students only)
June 3 - 14 Classroom: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 12:00pm
June 16 - 22 Travel
Southern Studies, an accredited, cross-curricular, team-taught elective, is back for its fourth year. Students in this seminar engage in a philosophical enquiry of how environment and place work to shape identity and culture. They are challenged to look at the South through the lenses of history, literature, music, art and architecture, and foodways. As in previous years, students spend two weeks of classroom study followed by one week travelling to several Southern states in order to connect experientially with the physical and cultural geography of the South.
This summer, we plan to spend some time in those Southern states in the Appalachian region and on the Eastern coast of the United States. We will focus our attention on the revolutionary period, the expansion and explosion of the domestic slave trade, the outcome of the Civil War and the tumultuous period known as Reconstruction, the implementation of Jim Crow segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. Of course, all this history will be complemented by some of the most inventive and inspiring literature ever produced in the United States, a healthy dose of iconic Southern music, an introduction to some iconic Southern photographers, and finally, lots of really delicious food. Just a few highlights are likely to include visits to Lexington, Kentucky; Richmond, Virginia; Monticello and Montpelier (the homes of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison respectively), the International Civil Rights Center in Greensboro, North Carolina; the USS Battleship in Wilmington, North Carolina; and the beautiful city of Charleston, South Carolina.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary and experiential nature of the class, artistic activity, broadly speaking, is an important area of focus. At the heart of Southern Studies lies the essential question of how we reconcile the profoundly different visions of writers, musicians, chefs, artists and historians who all claim to depict and explain the South. Consequently, students should expect to grapple with the paradoxical nature of Southern identity by engaging in a number of hands-on classroom activities. By visiting the cities and places that give rise to these diverse and complex interpretations of what it means to be Southern, our students are made visually aware of the living dichotomies of the past and present, Old South and New South, urban renewal and rural tradition, and homogeneity and diversity.
The class is reading and writing intensive and students also complete an interdisciplinary project - such as a photo journal, travelogue, or writing portfolio - as their final assessment.
Dates and Cost:
The class meets for three hours every weekday from June 3rd to June 14th with travel taking place during the third week (Saturday June 16th - Saturday June 22nd). Cost for the class and the trip will be $1,750.00 (includes tuition, travel expenses, hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner - students will need pocket money to purchase lunch and for incidental expenses).
Space for the class is limited, and although formal registration will be open in February, interested students and families may direct all initial enquiries to Jane Sidey (phone: 317 501-0442; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sven Dubie (phone: 317 415-2884; email: email@example.com).
Some sites to explore:
Start by checking out our blogs from previous years!
2015 Blog: https://ptsouthernstudies2015.wordpress.com/
2016 Blog: https://ptsouthernstudies2016.wordpress.com/
2018 Blog: https://ptsouthernstudies2018.com/
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