June 20 – 30, 2022

CCSA’s emphasis on global learning AND global teaching encompasses any place where experiential learning takes place outside the traditional campus setting in which the LOCATION is the classroom. This includes domestic U.S. locations. These new study away programs fall under the Catalog format and operate the same as abroad programs with one big difference. NO PASSPORT REQUIRED.

urban america study away

In this inaugural program, students journey to different urban locations to explore issues and lifestyles with the goal to become better creative writers. Guided by Dr. Zeke Jarvis from Eureka College, students will learn to develop characters and plots as they explore Milwaukee and New York City.

Zeke’s syllabus introduces him to the students in his own words.

Dr Ezekiel Jarvis

I earned my PhD from UW-Milwaukee, a terrific program in what has been called “the most segregated city in the country”. While there, I held various positions on Cream City Review, the program’s literary magazine. I also volunteered in Milwaukee Public Schools. After graduating, I was hired at Eureka College, where I am currently Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division. I also have published several books of creative prose. I’m interested in returning to Milwaukee and helping students to walk through it and New York to see how diversity works (and doesn’t) in two major metropolitan areas so that they can be more thoughtful and effective in their portrayal of intercultural exchanges in their creative work.

The goal of the course is to push young writers out of their familiar surroundings so they may create more complex and dimensional characters in unfamiliar places and circumstances. Much of the on-site experience will focus on art, food, music, and other places that make both cities unique. And places where people live their normal lives that creative writers can draw upon to tell better stories.

The course starts in Milwaukee, a city familiar to Jarvis, where the group will visit the Milwaukee Art Museum, take in the Jazz in the Park concent, add explore the area’s racial history. The group then flies to NYC where similar and comparative experiences await. New York offers green spaces, theater, and food options that many students may have only read about. Now they can experience them first-hand with a group of creative people eager to share what they learn.

The group will stay at hotels and take advantage of the public transportation offered in each city. Again, all designed to expose aspiring writers to real people.

CCSA’s application deadline is February 25, 2022. The early application (with $100 discount) ends February 4, 2022.

Students are encouraged to apply early so we can keep them updated on any changes in either location.

Learn more at this link and share the course with your colleagues and students.