Judy Strathearn, adjunct instructor in English and literature at the Community College of Aurora, has been accepted to a summer National Endowment for the Humanities workshop on African-American history and culture.
Strathearn will participate in a July 18-24 session designed for community college faculty titled “African-American History and Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah and the Coastal Islands, 1750 – 1950.” The workshop will be presented by the Georgia Historical Society and will take place in Savannah, Georgia.
“I applied for this grant because of my interest and study of lowcountry and Gullah cultures, but also in the hopes to bring some of the history, culture, and literature to CCA,” Strathearn explained. “It will be valuable for students to gain an understanding of other aspects of African-American culture and how this small group of African-Americans shaped the nation.”
According to the Georgia Historical Society, the NEH Landmarks Workshop for Community College Faculty has been designed to address broad themes of race and slavery in American history by focusing on site-specific experiences of communities in and around Savannah from the late eighteenth through the early twentieth centuries. Through course readings, scholarly lectures, landmark site visits, community presentations, guided tours, and research in primary source documents from the Georgia Historical Society collection, workshop participants will examine the centrality of place in the African-American experience in Georgia’s Lowcountry and the larger Atlantic world. Workshop content is intended to help facilitate classroom discussion of general topics such as American slavery, early-American and nineteenth century economies, art, and music, as well as more site-specific subjects such as the impact of geography, environment, time, and place on the development of community values and cultures.