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Florida Humanities Council-sponsored program concludes its third year at Flagler College

Aug 2, 2018

Since 2015, Flagler College has hosted a partnership program with the Florida Humanities Council for rising high school juniors and seniors.

Students from the seminar.

The program, “Pirates, Protest and Preservation: Exploring the Stories of St. Augustine” ran for a week in June.

Due to its location in a unique historic city, Flagler devised a program different from other institutions which feature a mostly STEM-focused curriculum. Jay Szczepanski, director of Flagler’s Learning Resource Center and co-director of the Flagler Summer Seminar, says, “Study in the humanities is essential for understanding our connection to our common human past.”

The purpose of the program is to demonstrate to students that the tools of study that the humanities provides are equally valuable for understanding the world and our place in it: the world needs artists, historians and philosophers as much as it needs engineers and computer scientists.

Szczepanski said, “By the end of the week, students saw that the work professionals do in the humanities is important in developing a sense of place and community.”

Student participant Presleigh Johnson said, “Participating in the summer humanities seminar cemented my desire to attend Flagler College by seeing the many ways that Flagler appreciates St. Augustine and its rich history. Being able to visit historical sites and learn from the outstanding faculty showed me that Flagler College and St. Augustine is a place where I could belong and explore my passions.”

The cost is $400, which includes participation and transportation to all scheduled activities and events during the program, as well as supplies, entrance fees to sites of interest, equipment fees and college meals and housing.

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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