On Location: Exploring America

an in-depth experience by American Culture Studies

What is "America?"

What does it mean to be "American?"

Every summer, AMCS travels to a new location to explore fundamental questions of identity through the study of interdependent relationships between cultures and places.  By visiting cities, landmarks, historic sites, museums, and popular culture venues -- sites incisively understood through direct engagement with rich material, historical, political, and social meanings -- students become immersed observers and learners within diverse local populations and communities.

While specific content changes annually, the distinctive On Location model is always the same: participants visit historical and cultural sites, engaging with them in a multidisciplinary way.  Students learn from faculty in different fields and meet experts and collaborators who provide historical background, explain a given community’s investment in the sites in question, or otherwise contextualize critical questions and issues.  Students also learn by “doing,” gathering data through participation in a variety of rich local sources, such as public events, extended tours, cultural landscapes, and art and museum exhibits.

new york

May 20 - June 5, 2019

On Location 2019: The Broadway Musical: Performing and Mapping Race and Gender on the New York Stage and Street

This course offers a unique and immersive form of location-based cultural study that draws upon multiple disciplinary models and methods, and includes many sites in New York City. We will go on guided group and solo walking tours, visit theaters and archives, pursue independent research, meet local experts and theatre professionals, and go to at least four Broadway musicals. Coursework will combine digital research and research tools with group and independent archival research in New York City libraries.

On Location 2019: The Broadway Musical

Applications are Due by 5 PM Central Time on Friday, February 1, 2019.

contact Karen Skinner for application materials

My experience made real the overlap of civilizations that is unique in that place. The intensity of the experience not only increases the amount gained intellectually in a short time, but it creates a closer class community than is possible anywhere else."

―Scott Morris2008 participant, Pine Ridge, South Dakota