Ten Year Later: The World 9/11 Made
9/11 has changed us as individuals and as a nation. We will explore why the attacks occurred and what al-Qaida hoped to accomplish; how the attacks were represented journalistically, both that day and since; how the broader culture responded (televison, films, late-night TV, etc) and how religion/clergy responded. Threaded throughout all of this will be diverse political, spiritual, historical, psychological and literary/artistic elements that have shaped our post 9/11 existence. (Above photo was taken during an Honors class trip to New York City as part of the 9/11 seminar.)
Creating the Apocalypse
As the end of the Mayan calendar looms and popular culture embraces end of the world scenarios from zombies to global warming, the apocalypse is capturing our collective imagination. Why are we so fascinated by the collapse of civilization, and what can we learn from these stories? In this interactive community, you’ll research and respond to depictions of the apocalypse across media and create your own games based on the end of the world.
The Chesapeake: Oceans, Fisheries and Government
You'll examine how different nations and U.S. states have managed, or mismanaged, marine ecosystems and how fisheries are a critical part of human interactions with the environment. By studying human ecology, comparative government and writing, you'll learn how environmental policies have affected the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in our local watershed. You'll also explore how these policies influence local, regional, national and international economies, marine ecosystems, energy policies, water usage, recreational activities and food science.
The King Years: An Honors Seminar with Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author
The modern civil rights movement grew from a tiny, persecuted minority into a worldwide inspiration for freedom and equal citizenship. Challenges from the King years still reverberate in contemporary politics. You'll explore the watershed period through personal stories of its conflicted characters, from sharecroppers to presidents, who built historical landmarks such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the sit-ins, Mississippi Freedom Summer, the Voting Rights Act, the Black Power movement, and Vietnam protests.