History came alive for Amanda Sorensen '09 when she took a trip with her honors class to see sites of the early Civil Rights movement. "The trip reminded me that the Civil Rights Movement took place in the not-so-distant past and that those issues are still forming government policy and society today," she said.
In addition to core honors classes, honors students may take up to six optional one-hour colloquia. Rather than relying on textbooks to explain key historical figures, movements and events, students explore original historical sites. Such experiential learning allows students to invest curiosity on actual historical events. The program covers all colloquia expenses with the exception of tuition and meals.
Previous historical sites include:
- The Organic Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright (Illinois, Wisconsin): This tour takes in many of Frank Lloyd Wright's structures — from his "Unison" homes to public structures like the Unity Temple in Chicago. Past road trips have included stops in Springfield, Madison and Chicago as well as Taliesin.
- The Cherokee Trail of Tears: Retrace Rev. Jesse Bushyead’s "Northern Route" (1838-39) of the Trail of Tears from the Old Cherokee Capital in Northwest Georgia into Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and finally to Ft. Gibson, where many of the Cherokees were "processed" into Indian Territory.
- The Blues: A Cultural Encounter: This trip starts at the unofficial home of the blues (Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn.) and the Mississippi Delta, ending New Orleans.
- The Contemplative Tradition at Subiaco Abbey: A spiritual retreat hosted at turn-of-the-century Subiaco Abbey, a monastery in Central Arkansas. Our three days in the abbey provides the opportunity to reflect intentionally on evangelical faith by encountering the virtues of hospitality, silence, community and humility as demonstrated by the monks of Subiaco Abbey.
- Martin Luther King's Call to Racial Reconciliation: Encounter the key sites of the early Civil Rights Movement. The trip includes stops in Tennessee, Alabama, Selma, and ends with at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church in which King and his father served.