We’ve kicked off our next offering of Introduction to the Humanities with an excellent group of students. This term, we have students pursuing projects in a wide variety of areas related to Holtzclaw and his work. We have several teams investigating the history of basketball on the campus. They’re making plans to conduct oral history interviews with members of the Sports Hall of Fame who were at Utica in the 50s,60s, and 70s. We have a student who is working on publishing the historical tour app which was started last semester and another who is working on annotations for Black Man’s Burden.
The love of the humanities was in the air as several members of the team spent Valentine’s Day at an academic conference with hundreds of scholars from around the globe at the National Association of African American Studies (NAAAS) Conference in Dallas. Our session covered the process of creating an interdisciplinary team-taught humanities course to teach institutional history. We created the presentation to help instructors at other institutions consider methods of exploring local history with their students.
This summer, join your colleagues for the Holtzclaw Summer Institute on Southern Black Education. This two week project will allow participants the opportunity to explore the life and legacy of William H. Holtzclaw, the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, which later became Utica Junior College and Hinds Community College-Utica, an HBCU community college in rural Mississippi. The workshop will cover the role of the “Little Tuskegees” in the Jim Crow South through seminar discussions on the historical context, African American autobiography, incorporating archival work in your classroom, the role of the Black press, and the Utica Jubilee singers. Participants will create a teaching unit for use in their classrooms and to share with other project participants. This project is funded through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.