Experience Summer Seminar.

Summer Seminar courses provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom and are designed to integrate activity, curriculum, and community.

This is a half credit summer course which includes visits to several cultural attractions and integrates reflection, aesthetic appreciation, and the life of the mind in the formation of a Christian understanding of the world. Ideally, students will complete the seminar having integrated the Creator’s imprint in nature, community, and the liberal arts into their understanding of Christ’s lordship in all of life. 

Summer Seminars

South Dakota: “Restoration on the Plains”
June 11-18, 2018

Rising seniors

Over the course of an 8-day trip through Badlands National Park, the Wounded Knee Memorial, and the Cheyenne River, you will explore the theme of “restoration” through core courses in literature, history, and environmental science. The focus of the course is the development of a biblical understanding of restoration: the responsibility of all Christians to work towards the restoration of the earth to God’s original intent. Students will interact with a variety of literary sources, participate in mentored discussions, and experience a guided tour of Dan O’Brien’s Broken Heart buffalo ranch. Following our academic work, you will embark on a two-day kayak tour on the Cheyenne River and a three-day primitive backpacking trip in the Badlands. The final project will help students develop a personal vision for restoration. The course is offered for ½ hour of elective credit.

 

New Mexico – “Cultivating Beauty in Restoration”
May 26-June 4, 2018

Rising seniors

Over the course of a 10-day trip through New Mexico, students will explore the theme of “beauty in restoration” in core courses in literature, history, poetry, and art. The focus of the course is the development of a biblical understanding of beauty and our responsibility as Christians to recognize, seek, and create beauty. Students will interact with a variety of literary selections during a three-day visit to Rehoboth Christian School, a boarding school on the Navajo Reservation, a day exploring Santa Fe, followed by a four-day trail ride on horseback through the Kit Carson National Forest, and ending with a half-day float trip on the Rio Grande River. The course is offered for ½ hour of elective credit. Students are expected to complete the final assessment in order to earn credit.

 

New York
June 3-7, 2018

Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors

Over the course of a five-day trip through New York City, students will explore the intersection between the Christian faith and the performing arts. The seminar will include five broadway shows, three Broadway workshops, a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, and tours of two iconic cultural institutions: Radio City Music Hall and the Lincoln Center. Students will
be guided in their thinking about the arts through teacher lead discussions, various articles and a close reading of Jerram Barr’s Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature and the Arts. The purpose of the seminar is manifold and includes, but is not limited to, the aim that Christians with a vocation in the arts would be given a vision of excellence and practical guidance, admirers of the arts would be encouraged in their faith and deepened in their understanding of what it means to be made in the image of the creator God, and that all would see the importance of the sovereignty of God over every sphere of life including the arts. The chaperones accompanying the students will be Jim Butz, Kathy Eichelberger, and Maggie Moore.

 

Contact
To learn more about Summer Seminar, email Co-directors Claire Birchenough and Chris Knerr.