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Center for Social Concerns


 

Social Concerns Seminar: Appalachia

 

Joy and Hope: Here and in the Hollers

 

CSC 33950 / THEO 33950 / CST 33950

 

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

The goal of the Appalachia Seminar is to introduce students to the culture and social issues of the Appalachia region through community-based learning. The course provides the opportunity for active participation in the community and direct relationship with Appalachian people. Exploration begins in the five class sessions before the immersion in which students become acquainted with the history, culture, and challenges facing the region (through presentations, discussions, and selected readings). During the week in Appalachia students learn from individuals and community-based organizations (focusing on themes such as housing, education, health care, energy, and environment). The follow-up classes facilitate analysis and synthesis of insights gained during the week. Our hope is that every student would contemplate and take action on next steps in their journey service, learning, and justice.

Immersion Dates: Sunday, October 19–Saturday, October 25, 2014

Size: Up to 250 students

Cost: $290 (some scholarships available based on need)

Things to note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This may look different at each site. Some sites, for example, allow fewer showers. Others may have simpler sleeping arrangements. Most do not have internet. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.

  • You will receive more specific details from your site leader during preparation classes

  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts. Meals are provided throughout travel to and from your immersion location. You will have a limited budget for meals which will be enough to eat simply and be well nourished.

  • Site leaders will be liaison with community partner contacts

  • Lodging varies depending on the site – you will likely be responsible for your own bedding

  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course

The fall seminars are football friendly (@ FSU on 10/18 and BYE on 10/25)!

 

FALL 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

DESCRIPTION OF SITES

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Priority Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2014
  • Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Application will not be processed until both portions are complete.

  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.

  • Students will be notified of their application status within two weeks of applying.

  • Notification of site placement will happen on September 1, 2014.

    • Accepted students will be placed strategically on teams taking into account group formation, individual skills and strengths, and the fit with the community partner/organization.

  • No admittance into the seminar after the first class on September 9, 2014

  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.

 

— Social Concerns Seminar Directed Readings Options — Consider deepening your Appalachia experience by supplementing it with a directed readings course in your field.  This is a wonderful option for folks who are traveling to Appalachia for a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. time! 

Click here for more information.

 

CONTACTS

Kyle Lantz

Appalachia Seminar Director

Greg White

Seminars Administrative Assistant

 

 

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