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Tulane's Young Public Scholars Program offers four different week-long courses in either a two-week residential option or a one-week day option. Students may take any course or pair of courses. Each week-long course features full days of seminar discussions and collaborative projects. Students in different courses come together for select workshops, lunch breaks, and a closing reception for families.
Popular Music as Social Critique
Music is a lens for thinking about gender, race, and sexuality in the context of a spectacle. Readings will include Beyoncé in Formation by Omise'eke Tinsley and music reviews. Students will experience live music in the city and write their own music review to publish on ViaNolaVie.
Instructor Christine Capetola (Ph.D., University of Texas, Austin) has been a professional freelancer and music critic on the intersections of music and identity for Bitch Magazine. With degrees in American Studies and Performance Studies, she puts female artists in focus. She’s a fan of Lana del Rey and Janet Jackson.
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.
Promoting the Arts Against Censorship
The arts have a long history as a bulwark against social injustice and a bullhorn for alternative futures. Students will explore short readings by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Ursula Le Guin, and Simone de Beauvoir to discover ways in which art communicates identity and politics and visit a radio station in preparation to produce short audio pieces for ViaNolaVie.
Instructor Kelley Crawford (M.F.A. candidate, University of New Orleans) is co-founder and editor of ViaNolaVie, a professor at Tulane and Bard Early College, and a radio journalist and host on WWNO, the local NPR affiliate. Her profiles with local artists and entrepreneurs are a weekly staple in local media outlets. In her free time, you can find her participating in inventive public art performances.
Let your voice be heard with Tulane's high school Pre-College summer programs! Apply now for the Young Public Scholars Program.