The University of Connecticut, in collaboration with The Penn Center, Georgia Historical Society and other sites in the Sea Islands, is pleased to announce two one-week NEH Landmarks of History and Culture Workshops in Savannah, GA from July 7th-12th and July 14th-19th 2013. We invite K-12 teachers, librarians and home schooling parents to apply to join us for this exciting educational and artistic opportunity.
The sessions will examine the artistic expressions of the Gullah, direct descendants of slaves who worked the rice plantations on the coastal islands off the shores of South Carolina and Georgia. Their history, stories, beliefs, and creative expressions are critical antecedents to African-American culture and the broader American mosaic, as we know it today. The workshop format follows the African tradition, where the arts are studied as interrelated living experiences rather than as separate entities. Participants will be guided through the process of thinking about and using the arts to teach the humanities. For example, how a specific song connects groups of people over time and demonstrates the viability of music as a tool for measuring continuity and change in cultural behavior. To more fully understand the Gullah culture from a holistic perspective, immersion experiences will take place at The Penn Center in St. Helena Island, SC, Sapelo Island in McIntosh County, GA and with the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters. Additional activities will involve a variety of sources including primary and secondary, written and oral, scholarly and personal narratives, photographs, videos and recordings.
We welcome your interest in this program!
Professor of Music
Mary Ellen Junda
Professor of Music
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities
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