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Travel: Race and Rights in the American South

Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee, April 15-21, 2023

Join Professors Bethany Jay and Brad Austin for an intensive study and travel course focusing on Race and Rights in the South, April 15-21, 2023. Students can register for HST 991: History Travel and Study Seminar or EDG 825: Topics in Place-Based Education.

The institute begins with three full seminar days in March and April (on-campus and remote options), studying the complex dynamics of race, rights, and power structures in the American South.

The institute continues with a trip up the Mississippi River, visiting museums and sites related to slavery and resistance, Reconstruction and Jim Crow, the internment of Japanese Americans, Native American history, and the Civil Rights Movement. The institute will travel to New Orleans, Jackson, Vicksburg, Little Rock, and Memphis.

Tentative list of site visits:

Participants will have plenty of free time to explore the music, culture, and cuisine of these historic places.  

Professor Bethany Jay is the co-editor of Understanding and Teaching American Slavery, winner of the 2018 American Historical Association James Harvey Robinson Prize for the "most outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history in any field for public or educational purposes."  She is co-host of the Learning for Justice podcast "Teaching Hard History."

Professor Brad Austin is the series co-editor for the Harvey Goldberg Series for Understanding and Teaching History (University of Wisconsin Press). His publications include Teaching United States History through Sports, Understanding and Teaching the Vietnam War, and Democratic Sports: Men's and Women's College Athletics during the Great Depression.

*Space is limited. If interested, please fill out this form.

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