High school students from across the state will have the opportunity to learn about the academic disciplines of humanities at Flagler College, specifically focused on St. Augustine, thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
The week-long residential academic seminar, titled â€œPirates, Protest and Preservation: Exploring the Stories of St. Augustine,â€ will offer a preview of college life for 25 high school students and will explore the nationâ€™s oldest city through History, Literature, Womenâ€™s Studies, English, Latin American Studies and Communication. Students will also experience the field of Natural Sciences, with a coastal tour of the townâ€™s reported discovery site. The seminar, taught by Flagler faculty, will take place from June 12 to 17.
â€œThese days students have been choosing humanities as a major in college less and lessâ€ said Jay Szczepanski, who teaches in the English Department and co-wrote the grant with Stephanie Burgess, assistant director of College Relations. â€œThereâ€™s been more of a focus on the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) disciplines. Studying in the humanities makes you a broader thinker, a better citizen and puts you more in control of your life in the world.â€
As part of the seminar, students will participate in lectures, relevant field trips, daily debriefings and engage in typical college activities, such as living in a residence hall and eating meals in Flaglerâ€™s historic Dining Hall. Field trips will include visiting sites such as the townâ€™s â€œCity Gates,â€ Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustineâ€™s coquina quarry on Anastasia Island and Lincolnville.
The seminarâ€™s curriculum was developed collaboratively with participating Flagler faculty, including Szczepanski, also director of the collegeâ€™s Learning Resource Center; Alexandra Asbille, Adjunct Professor of Womenâ€™s Studies; Kimberly Bradley Barzso, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing; Jessica Howell, Assistant Professor of History; Maria Jose Maguire, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies; Ed McGinley, Assistant Professor of Natural Sciences; Mark Huelsbeck, Assistant Professor of Communication and Documentary Production; and Kristine Warrenburg-Rome, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication.
Funds for the summer seminar are provided by the Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Flagler College is one of three institutions to receive the monies, which will help pay for costs associated with faculty/staff, supplies, meals and student field trips; the University of Florida and Eckerd College are the other recipients. Szczepanski said Flagler was honored to be selected for the grant.
â€œWe support Florida Humanities Councilâ€™s mission to encourage high school students to select a humanities disciple as a focus of study,â€ he said. â€œIf we can help, weâ€™re all for it. We hope by the time students complete this seminar that weâ€™ve convinced them of the tangible and intangible rewards study in the humanities provides.â€
The summer seminar will be open to high school sophomores and juniors. The cost is $250 and three to five scholarships will be available to need-based students. For more information on the seminar, contact Stephanie Burgess at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Florida Humanities Council, visit https://floridahumanities.org/.