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Tulane's Young Public Scholars Program offers two, virtual two-week course options. Students may take either course or both courses.
Punishment and Redemption From the Industrial Prison Complex
Louisiana leads the world historically in incarceration rates and now in criminal justice reform. Learn about the broad social impacts of a justice system rooted in inequalities and the struggles to reverse them. Students meet with formerly incarcerated activists while studying the structures for incarceration through film, video, and reportage and learn interview techniques in producing a profile for ViaNolaVie.
Instructor Betsy Weiss (M.F.A., San Francisco State University; M.S.W. Hunter College) trained as an experimental filmmaker and a social worker before blending these in a social justice documentary. Using collaborative oral histories as her method, she has worked with activists and artists to create social change through media.
Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene
Many layers of American history are written in the geographies of New Orleans and its surroundings. Students will learn how slavery is embedded in the scenery of public spaces and the construction of zones of exclusion, visit significant landscapes of environmental struggles, and learn first-person non-fiction techniques to write an op-ed to publish on ViaNolaVie. Readings include John McPhee, Rachel Carson, and other environmental essayists.
Instructor Dr. Ned Randolph (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego) worked as a reporter covering the region for The Advocate before leaving the newspaper business to study environmental infrastructures and the geography of the Mississippi. Recently, he has been investigating the roots of the area known as Cancer Alley.
Let your voice be heard with Tulane's high school Pre-College summer programs! Apply now for the Young Public Scholars Program.