The American Culture Program

Environmental Justice | Native Lands | Manifest Destiny | Wild West Shows | Native Displacement | American Sacred Space | Natural Resource Management | Native Representation and Popular Culture

Every two years, Randolph College finds a talented and engaging visiting professor to teach a 12-credit immersive course in the spring semester that examines life in the United States through a unique lens. This program extends far beyond class work and offers students the opportunity to travel to different parts of the U.S. during the semester to learn hands-on from experts with real-world experience regarding the chosen topic.

The program is 12 credits, split over several courses that include a weekly seminar to discuss readings, film viewings, meeting with visiting speakers, and taking trips to visit museums, industry professionals, researchers, and everyday citizens who influence and are influenced by, American Culture.

Past topics examined America’s fascination with the human body, the intertwined history of the US and the Carribbean, and the importance of activism and social change to address critical issues in the U.S. and worldwide.

This year, Dr. Brennan Keegan is visiting Randolph to encourage discussion about the struggle to claim and define Native American landscapes and the intersection of environmental justice with questions of race, religion, and class in the U.S.

Have you ever wanted to know more about the first inhabitants of America? Have you questioned the use of Native images and stereotypes in sports, film, and popular culture? What about the natural world, who decides how a landscape is used? How does natural resource extraction, environmentalism, and tourism, intersect and conflict with Native claims to sacred spaces?

As part of the AMCP, you will have the opportunity to address these questions and raise more of your own. This program includes a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park, Bears Ears National Monument, and the Navajo Nation, where you will meet with Native leaders and organizers, environmental policy makers, and government officials, and talk to everyday people about the meaning and value of the American landscape.

Are you an environmental studies major interested in meeting with scientists working on some of the most pressing issues in the field? Perhaps you are driven towards a career in politics, law, or public policy and are curious about the administration and management of tribal affairs? Or is your interest in sociology and how politics, religion, and race collide in America?

Whatever your major or your interest, this program has something to offer and wants to hear your opinion. The program is free for full-time Randolph Students and accepting applications from sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Want to learn more? Read on about some of the readings, films, speakers, and trips that are part of this year’s program and get your application started today!