The Trail of Tears was the forced migration of American Indian nations in the Southeast to lands west of the Mississippi River during the mid-19th century. Students in this Summer Session I course will come to understand the history and cultural impact of this period in American history through an immersive field program that draws on anthropology, history, and religious studies. In addition to typical in-class activities, Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus and Dr. Andrew Gurstelle will lead students on a 10-day excursion to Oklahoma that traces the modern roads atop the historical Northern Land Route taken by members of the Cherokee Nation. Along the way, students will meet with the local stakeholders that continue to memorialize the Trail of Tears with storytelling, monuments, and commemorative ceremonies. Students will also learn about current efforts to raise public consciousness of the Trail of Tears, and will even make their own contributions to these efforts. For more information, including information about scholarship support, please contact Dr. Wiethaus (email@example.com, x7169) or Dr. Gurstelle (firstname.lastname@example.org, x5827). When registering, students may choose to sign up for any of the following: REL 288, REL 390, REL 690, or ANT 385. 2018 Trail of Tears Project Flyer
Fall Break in Washington DC! Open to CHP minors and Art Majors & Minors
Enjoy the opportunity to tour museums and exhibitions in the nation’s capital with fellow students and professors.
We’ll depart on Thursday morning, October 12 and return Friday night, October 13.
Experience first-hand many of the great works of art you’ve only seen in Powerpoint! Take conversations with fellow students and professors into the gallery. Meet museum professionals who can give you a behind-the-scenes perspective on life in the art world. Enjoy free time to explore what interests you in world-class museums.
We’ll stay at a comfortable and safe hotel in nearby Alexandria, with easy access to the Metro. There will be a festive group dinner. And the best part? It is only $50 per person (that includes bus, hotel, and dinner on Friday night). A limited number of travel stipends are available upon request. More info and to apply: https://sites.google.com/a/wfu.edu/art-department-in-dc/?pli=1
Rebecca Boolba, a Studio Art major and Cultural Heritage & Preservation minor, worked over the summer of 2017 to collect photographs and narratives from former offenders and their family members. The resulting exhibition on life narratives and resilience, created in collaboration with Project Re-entry, Dr. Eranda Jayawickreme (WFU Psychology), Dr. Lisa Blee (WFU History), and WFU Psychology major Eli Rice, will open for public view on October 26 at 5:30 in Self Reliance Hall in the Goodwill Industries building (2701 University Parkway). Stay tuned for more details!
On Thursday, March 24, Paula Findlen, Professor of Italian History at Stanford University, will deliver a public lecture at Reynolda House at 5:30pm. The title of the lecture is: “The Birth of the Museum: Objects, Visitors, and Meaning Since the Renaissance.” The lecture will be followed by a reception.
Students from HST 370: Topics in North Carolina History worked in collaboration with the New Winston Museum in Spring 2016 to develop an exhibit on the history of music in Winston-Salem. Students conducted interviews and archival research, produced podcasts, and wrote text for a new exhibit that opened on October 7 at the New Winston Museum downtown (713 South Marshall Street). The exhibit will be on display until March, 2017. Come check it out!