The SUPER Emerging Scholars (SES) program is an expansion of AHF’s mission to serve the public. This program directly fosters opportunities for high-school students to examine the significance of their own cultural values and meanings through in-depth studies of literature, history and the arts. By equipping participants, called Emerging Scholars, with necessary critical thinking and writing skills in the humanities, they will be inspired to explore human values and meanings through academic scholarship.
SES institutes are weeklong residential workshops that offer specialized academic enrichment in the humanities. The institutes will assist upper-level high-school students in the development of writing and critical thinking skills necessary for success in secondary and post-secondary education.
2011 SES Institutes
SUPER Emerging Scholars @ Auburn University • Auburn • July 17-23
Kevin Roozen, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Auburn University, will serve as the institute’s lead scholar. This institute will develop students’ writing, reading, and critical thinking abilities by investigating the rhetoric of public discussions addressing the purposes and functions of education. Students will learn the rhetorical principles of effective persuasion and employ those principles to examine a series of readings from ancient Greece to contemporary America that describe the multiple and often competing objectives of teaching and learning. Drawing from those readings and video accounts of their own experiences with formal education, institute participants will draft, revise and publish philosophies of learning that articulate the attitudes toward learning and schooling that will shape their futures as students and public citizens.
In partnership with Auburn University Outreach Office
SUPER Emerging Scholars @ Alabama State University • Montgomery • June 12-18
Bertis English, Ph.D., associate professor of History at Alabama State University, will serve as the institute’s lead scholar. This institute will offer students the opportunity to examine in real time the impact economic injustice has had on marginalized groups. This is a unique opportunity as students will be able to investigate the current economic injustices that are occurring due to the recession in contrast to other periods such as the Great Depression. Students then will be assigned a community to investigate how economic injustice still permeates today. Students will be asked to incorporate any findings into a final presentation.
In partnership with Alabama State University
SUPER Emerging Scholars @ the University of South Alabama • Mobile • June 19–25
Kern Jackson, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and folklorist and oral narrative data collector, will serve as the institute’s lead scholar. This institute will offer students the opportunity to examine the survival stories of the communities affected by the recent oil drilling disaster and Hurricane Katrina. Students will learn about how these two major historical events have defined the Gulf Coast community. Students will engage with persons impacted by each of these events from the Grand Bay and the Bayou La Batre communities. From these lessons, students will collect narratives of survival.
In partnership with the Academic Affairs Office of the University of South Alabama
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