North Central College - Naperville, IL

VER EXP D13-D16 Building a City

 

FYE Verandahs

Each of the four Verandah Experiences listed below were Study Away verandahs that took place during D-Term 2011 in New Orleans and involved service work in rebuilding local homes.  FYE Director consent was required.


VER EXP D13:
Building a City: "The Texture of City Life"
Instructor: L. Corsino

Collaborative activity and reflection shared by all sections will be supplemented in “Building a City—The Texture of City Life” with a focus on  the local culture of New Orleans,  specifically upon the objective artifacts of this culture (for example, its street names and districts, style of housing, distinctive vocabulary, music, and celebrated citizens) as these contribute to the unique, cumulative texture of New Orleans as “the Big Easy.” Students will reflect on their learning journey through discussions, journaling, and shared media.

 

VER EXP D14:   Building a City: “Literary New Orleans.”       Instructor: J. Jackson

Collaborative activity and reflection shared by all sections will be supplemented in “Building a City: Literary New Orleans” with a focus on New Orleans as a place that has offered up rich examples of some of the most diverse, strange (to us), vibrant, funny, and sensitive literary works over the last several decades.  We’ll explore how place informs plot and character; how ideas of self and others take shape in this superheated city; we’ll find out what we can learn about difference and desire in a world shaped by noisy, conflicting, beautiful, and stunningly memorable influences. Students will reflect on their learning journey through discussions, journaling, and shared media.

 

VER EXP D15:
Building a City: “An Environmental Challenge.”    Instructor: K. King

Collaborative activity and reflection shared by all sections will be supplemented in “An Environmental Challenge” with a focus on   the environmental challenges that New Orleans faces not only through recent ecological disasters precipitated by Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill, but also through the unique geographic characteristics of New Orleans and its built environment.  Opportunities to witness ongoing environmental challenges will be incorporated into service work.  Students will reflect on their learning journey through discussions, journaling, and shared media.


VER EXP D16:   Building a City: “An Educational Transformation.”   Instructor: M. Kincaid

Collaborative activity and reflection shared by all sections will be supplemented in “Building A City--An Educational Transformation” with a focus on a historical overview of the New Orleans school system and its evolution into a system of numerous charter schools in the aftermath of Katrina.  We will also examine the success that New Orleans has experienced in addressing low performing schools and raising student achievement. Students will reflect on their learning journey through discussions, journaling, and shared media.