SYLLABUS

Finding Your Place SECTION J: Where Medicine Takes Place

Welcome to Finding Your Place! Over the last year we have had a lot of fun developing this novel program and we are excited to have you here as a participant.

Specifically, Finding Your Place (First Year Program 100) is a “place-based” program that brings freshmen early to campus for an intensive immersion in common lectures, readings and field experiences designed to introduce your new place from diverse perspectives. We call this first section of the course “interdisciplinary immersion” and we hope that during this time, you discover and connect to Sewanee, and beyond, broadly and deeply, and develop strong relationships with your dorm mates, AP mentors and professors. Overall, our goals our to:

• Provide a grounded introduction to college life and academics that anchors you as part of our community

• Build the academic skills needed to be successful in college and beyond, particularly active reading, reflective writing, engaged discussion and synthetic thinking

• Introduce focused interdisciplinary study around the concept of place by reading, discussing, exploring, reflecting upon and engaging in this place from many disciplinary perspectives

• Help develop lifelong skills to find your place. The exploration of place, and in particular, this place, is the first step towards finding your way in a new home, and in developing the skills to become rooted wherever life takes you.

• Foster an appreciation and respect for community and the wider world by promoting an understanding of place in the context of its surroundings, and examining how all places are complexly tied to the greater world

During this section of “interdisciplinary immersion” your work will be assessed in light of your progress toward these objectives. Your grade will be determined as:

• Class discussion and participation: 33%

• Reflective writing (journal, blogs, etc, including comments on other students’ work) 33%

• Project (to be determined by each section professor): 33%

Included with this introduction, you will find a schedule for the next 10 days. Please note that breakfast (7:00-8:30 am) is served daily at McClurg Dining Hall, unless otherwise indicated
(Aug 19th BREAKFAST MUST BE DONE BY 8am – LEAVING FOR NASHVILLE at 8a SHARP!). Your Assistant Proctors (Megan Hopson—AP hopsomn0@sewanee.edu and Antinea Jones—AP jonesam1@sewanee.edu) will serve as your guides throughout these next 10 days. You will meet with your section professor (Prof. Alyssa Summers arsummer@sewanee.edu) Wednesday night.

Please always bring your backpack, journal, and map of the domain.

Again, welcome! We are glad you are here!

Finding Your Place – Interdisciplinary Immersion
Aug 13 – Aug 22

Wednesday, August 13th

5:00-5:30 Opening Address from Vice-Chancellor McCardell
Location: All Saints’ Chapel

5:30-7:00 Picnic Dinner at the home of the Vice-Chancellor (rain location: McClurg)

7:00-8:30 First section meeting with Professor (Spencer Hall)

9:00-10:00 First dorm meeting: “Respectful Residential Living” (your dorm)

Thursday, August 14th

9:00-10:00 Freshmen Survey with Sarah Stapleton (Blackman Auditorium)

10:00-11:00 Academic Integrity session led by dorm staff (section professor invited)

11:00-12:15 “Concepts of Place” plenary lecture & discussion (Convocation Hall): Craighill, Malde, Potter (Smith)
Readings: Pine Barrens (J. McPhee; packet)
Intimate Experiences of Place (Yi-Fu Tuan; packet)
Tukuhnikivats, the Island in the Desert (E. Abbey; packet)

12:15-1:30 Lunch (McClurg)

1:30-2:30 Section time (TBA by Prof. A.Summers – Quad or Fountain → on campus)

3:00-4:00 Reflective Writing: V. Craighill

4:00-5:30 Open for study/free time

6:00-7:00 Dinner (McClurg)

7:30-10:30 Movie at the SUT: Spider Man 2 (optional activity: $3)

Friday, August 15th

9:00-3:00 Field trip –BEERSHEBA SPRINGS w/ McGrath FYP section (Sack lunch in the field) Also, might need your bathing suit and towel.

Readings: Getting to the Cornerstone: Plans for a University 1856-1858 (PDF)
John Armfield of Beersheba Springs by Isabel Howell (PDF)
4:00-5:30 Community Values

6:00-7:00 Dinner (McClurg)

7:30-11:00 Culprits concert at Angel Park Sewanee village (optional)
Saturday, August 16th

9:30-10:45 “Elements of Place” plenary lecture & discussion (Convocation Hall): Potter, McGrath, Sherwood (McDonough)
Readings: Geology of Sewanee (Knoll and Potter 1998; packet)
July 27 – Aug 26 Chapters in Forest Unseen (D. Haskell)
Unnamed Caves (J.J. Sullivan; packet)
Optional: How Firm a Foundation (B. Potter. Sewanee Perspectives).

11:00-12:00 Section time – On Trail Discussions

12:15-1:30 Lunch (Sack lunches to go)

1:30-2:30 Section time – On Trail Discussions

3:00-4:30 Open for study/free time

4:30-5:30 Invited Speaker: Richard Tillinghast reading his poem: Sewanee When We Were Young
Reading: Sewanee When We Were Young (R. Tillinghast)

6:00-7:00 Dinner (McClurg)

7:00-11:00 Drive In Movie down the Mountain (optional activity)

Sunday, August 17th

8:00-12:00 Open for study/free time (optional service at All Saints Chapel 8-9 am)

12:15-1:30 Lunch

2:00-5:00 Film at the SUT: You’ve Got to Move followed by section discussion

6:00-7:00 Dinner (McClurg)

7:00-9:00 Survey for each section administered by APs in dorm – will supply survey to dorm staff

Monday, August 18th

9:30-10:45 “Foundations of Place” plenary lecture & discussion (Convocation Hall): Summers, Willis, Smith, (Miller)
Readings: College or University: Professional Education at the University of the South, 1875-1915 (C. Israel. Sewanee Perspectives)
The University Site (P. Short Makris. The Other Side of Sewanee; packet)

11:00-12:00 Section time (TBA by Prof. A. Summers: Quad or Fountain → on campus)

12:15 -1:30 Lunch (McClurg)

2:00 – 4:30 Invited speaker: Ari Schulman followed by section discussion (TBS by Prof. A. Summers)
4:30-5:30 Open for study/free time

6:00-8:30 Dinner, tour and trivia in the Sewanee village

Tuesday, August 19th (Get Breakfast EARLY and be ready to leave at 8am!)

8:00-5:30 Field trip – VANDERBILT (Lunch provided)

6:00-7:00 Dinner (Nashville)

Wednesday, August 20th

9:30-10:45 “Peoples of this Place” plenary lecture & discussion (Convocation Hall): McDonough, Craighill, Miller (Willis)
Readings: “Sewanee” in Lanterns on the Levee (W.A. Percy, 1971; packet)
First chapter of Ely An Autobiography (E. Green)
Music selections on Blackboard with commentary (posted by Miller)
Introduction to the “art of field recording” by Art Rosenbloom?

11:00-12:00 Section time – On Trail Discussions

12:15-1:30 Lunch (Sack lunches to go)

1:30-2:30 Section time – On Trail Discussions

3:00-4:00 Open for study/free time

4:00-5:30 Transitions (Res Life required)

6:00-7:00 Dinner in McClurg

7:00-9:00 Bowling down the Mountain (optional activity)

Thursday, August 21th

9:00-12:30 Field trip – WINCHESTER

12:30-1:30 Lunch (Sack lunches to go)

1:30-6:00 Open for study/free time

6:00-7:00 Dinner (McClurg)

7:00-8:30 “Getting Involved on Campus” with Dean Hagi (Bishops’ Common)

Friday, August 22th

7:30-8:30 Breakfast (McClurg – Section Meeting: wrap up (FYP interdisciplinary immersion ends)

12:15-1:30 Lunch in McClurg

6:00-7:00 Dinner in McClurg

7:00-midnight Casino Night with PRE students

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