Summer Scholars will have access to an extensive library of books, recordings and videos provided by the Project Directors that will be housed at the Inn at Ellis Square, the home for this workshop.
Summer Scholars are advised to bring laptops or ipads and digital cameras. Laptops will be used to access information from the blackboard website and the internet, and digital audio recorders and digital cameras to document artifacts, places, and experiences in Savannah and at the Georgia Historical Society, The Penn Center, and Sapelo Island for use in their multimedia projects.
Free wireless Internet service is available throughout the Inn and there is a business center with two computers and a printer; we will do our best assist those who do not have personal computers or cameras.
Summer Scholars will receive two books with different perspectives to read prior to the workshop: Lawrence W. Levine’s Black Culture and Black Consciousness and Cornelia Bailey’s God, Dr. Buzzard, and the Bolito Man. Levine’s book realigned thinking about African cultural practices in African-American culture and Cornelia Bailey’s book is equally as valuable from an insider’s point of view. Summer Scholars also will review the history of the Gullah at The Gullah, view the video Family Across the Sea, and listen to recordings that illustrate the historical iterations of the music of the Gullah from Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands, collected by Alan Lomax in the 1930s. Additional readings, recordings, and films will be streamed on a blackboard website hosted by the University of Connecticut.
Daily Assignments: coming soon
Summer Scholars will be organized in 5-member teams which we expect will be balanced with academic and arts teachers, experienced and novice teachers, teachers of varied grade levels, and teachers with technological expertise. Each team will be expected to a produce a multimedia curriculum project that synthesizes the arts, culture and history for use in the classroom. Using material from the lectures and from the Landmark Site visits, teams will work on their projects under the guidance of the Project Co-Directors, both of whom have experience in curriculum development, assisted by museum staff and workshop faculty members. On the last day of the workshop, teachers will share their projects, which later will be posted on the website.