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Pirates, Protest and Preservation: Exploring the Stories of St. Augustine

A partnership program of Flagler College and the Florida Humanities Council.

Project Description

We live in a state whose identity is as much forged by its natural gifts as it is by the imaginations of those who encounter it. Florida is manmade and wild, ancient and modern, paradise and purgatory. Participants of this seminar will spend seven days and six nights on the Flagler College campus while looking at the people (famous, infamous, and ordinary) who have left their mark on St. Augustine by examining the stories they have told about it—whether those stories are in words, buildings, natural spaces, or absences. Flagler College faculty from the disciplines of Spanish and Latin American studies, history, rhetoric, women’s studies, Florida studies, coastal environmental science, and literature will conduct classroom and field experiences in an around the city, to include the St. Augustine discovery site, the Fort Matanzas, behind-the-scenes tours of the former Ponce de Leon Hotel, the coquina rock quarry on Anastasia Island, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Episcopalian churches and cemeteries, as well as important Civil Rights sites in the historic Lincolnville neighborhood. The culmination of the experience will be a video project in which participants add their own St. Augustine story to the ongoing narrative of this ancient city.

Date: June 10-16, 2018

Eligible Students: Students entering 11th or 12th grade in August / September 2018

Cost: $400 per students, which includes participation and transportation to all scheduled events/activities, program supplies, entrance/equipment fees, use of college facilities, meals and lodging.

Application Deadline: May 1, 2018.

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Support for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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