Upcoming Travel Courses for 2022
History of Jazz/Rock Music
Course Instructor: Dr. Larry Barnes
Location: Memphis, TN
Course Description: This course examines the unique development of American popular music from 1900 to the present. Beginning with African, European and Caribbean roots, the course explores important popular musical styles including the blues, New Orleans jazz, swing, the jazz avant-garde, the seminal elements of Rock music and the most important shifts and trends of the latter part of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries that lead to the most global and influential popular music of today. Students are required to complete two examinations: on Jazz Music and Rock Music. In addition, both formal and informal writing are required. An informal journal asks questions about students’ listening choices, musical elements, and matters of musical ethics. The formal writing portion is an 8-to-10-page research document of a chosen topic, following the pedagogy of FYRS.
The German American Experience
Course Instructor: Professor Matthew Bauman
Location: Lexington & Louisville, KY/Cincinnati, OH
Course Description: Who or what is German? Who or what is American? How do the two converge in Kentucky? This course seeks to explore the German heritage and history of Kentucky and its surrounding areas both in historic and contemporary terms while examining the visible as well as the hidden connections between the two. This course considers these issues through a number of lenses beyond ancestry, including historical events, geography, architecture, art and media, food, religion, cultural traditions, memory and academic research and documentation. Following an on-campus introduction to the history of German-Americans in the U.S., and a look at the German-American presence in Lexington, the class will travel to the two major German-American centers for Kentucky (and the country as a whole), Louisville and the Greater Cincinnati area to explore how German-American immigrants helped to shape the history of the two cities and experience firsthand how their influence continues to be felt today.