Title

Constructing the Creative Castle 2011: Student Experiences from Study Abroad in Medieval France

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 201

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Constructing the Creative Castle 2011--Creative Writing and Photography in Medieval France: An Oral Presentation of Student Experiences from Study Abroad. Students in this faculty-led study abroad program (ENG 263/ART 226) engaged in the creation of inter-disciplinary responses to a unique, historically significant environment, namely the ancient stronghold of the Cathar Resistance in southern France. This area of France is sparsely populated with small villages which date back to the Middle Ages---the students created digital photographs, creative writing projects, collaborative works, and blogs. Students participated in blog construction training, photography basics instruction and photo/writing workshops. Major sites important to Cathar history were visited including Lastours, Carcassonne and Albi. This presentation will feature an introduction by faculty mentor Katharine Whitcomb describing the design of the course, students from The Creative Castle study abroad class relating narratives of their experiences, readings from the creative work the students produced while on the program and visual images from the photographic and collaborative projects produced.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Katharine Whitcomb, Lee Honeycutt, Lisa Norris, Terry Martin

Additional Mentoring Department

English

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Constructing the Creative Castle 2011: Student Experiences from Study Abroad in Medieval France

SURC 201

Constructing the Creative Castle 2011--Creative Writing and Photography in Medieval France: An Oral Presentation of Student Experiences from Study Abroad. Students in this faculty-led study abroad program (ENG 263/ART 226) engaged in the creation of inter-disciplinary responses to a unique, historically significant environment, namely the ancient stronghold of the Cathar Resistance in southern France. This area of France is sparsely populated with small villages which date back to the Middle Ages---the students created digital photographs, creative writing projects, collaborative works, and blogs. Students participated in blog construction training, photography basics instruction and photo/writing workshops. Major sites important to Cathar history were visited including Lastours, Carcassonne and Albi. This presentation will feature an introduction by faculty mentor Katharine Whitcomb describing the design of the course, students from The Creative Castle study abroad class relating narratives of their experiences, readings from the creative work the students produced while on the program and visual images from the photographic and collaborative projects produced.