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.