Program Details

The workshop opens with on Sunday with registration from 3:00-5:00 followed by the Opening Session at 6:00 and a reception sponsored by the University of Connecticut. The curriculum each day has a theme and guiding questions related to the assignments. Monday, Wednesday and Friday will be spent in residence at the  Hampton Inn & Suites and visiting Landmark Sites in Savannah; Tuesday and Thursday will be excursions to The Penn Center on St. Helena Island and Hog Hammock on Sapelo Island. Summer Scholars will work in teams to develop multimedia projects that demonstrate an enhanced understanding of Gullah culture, both in history and in its contributions to contemporary American society. These projects will be shared on the last day, followed by a discussion of how Summer Scholars might work with their fellow educators (in music, visual arts, dramatic arts, language arts or social studies) to involve students actively in the study of American history through engaging them in the arts. The workshop concludes on Friday afternoon at 4:30 PM.

Assignments to be completed prior to the workshop will be shared via email (readings) and the internet (recordings and films). Summer Scholars will be organized into groups to share assignments and work on the final project. These groups will be shared via email and Summer Scholars will be invited to join a Facebook (closed) site to meet others in the workshop and those in their groups. Facebook also provides a means to find roommates and travel companions. Summer Scholars will be provided with information on how to access the group rate at the Hampton Inn & Suites, our “home.”  The workshop schedule is posted on the Gullah Voices website. Dress is professional casual and comfortable; Scholars should be prepared for hot and humid outside and much cooler in air conditioned rooms.