- The Undergraduate Humanities Fellows Program combines a summer of research guided by a faculty mentor with an interdisciplinary course in the fall. Students work one-on-one with their mentor over the summer and then develop that research in a collaborative seminar that exposes them to the possibilities and excitement, of humanistic inquiry. Students in the program spent fall break in NYC exploring the humanities in cultural institutions around the city, while also finding opportunities to continue their research.
Friday, October 9
- Our trip began with an early start. By 7 a.m., we were on the train, heading north from Richmond. Of course a road trip involves plenty of snacks, as well as a few naps.
- Dr. Drell prepared breakfast and train snacks.
- But by the afternoon, we'd arrived at our hotel in NYC.
- Our first night we set out to walk the High Line -- an old railroad track turned elevated park -- but our plans were cut short when a thunderstorm rolled through.
- We did manage to find a New York slice, courtesy of Patsy's Pizzeria -- a staple since 1933.
- On our walk home from dinner, we wandered through New York University, giving us a look at a very different campus life.
Saturday, October 10
- We started our day with individual site visits based on our own research. The New York Public Library was an obvious destination. The collection houses more than 51 million items, including books, e-books, maps, DVDs, manuscripts -- anything you could possibly need to conduct humanities research.
- After touring the library, several of us hung out in Bryant Park and read for a bit.
- Meanwhile, Victoria spent her morning uptown at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture -- a great source for her research examining the presence of African-Americans throughout UR's history.