U.S. Civil Rights Movement

This program will introduce students to the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement through visits to key sites of the freedom struggle. This program will begin and end in Pittsburgh. Students will travel via bus to the key sites. During this experience students will also hear personal narratives of foot-soldiers, scholars and elders who were on the frontline during the Civil Rights Movement. Students will have the opportunity to meet with elders in the African American community who were frontline during the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn the history of the civil rights movement of our country, and hear how personal citizens challenged laws, segregation and racism. The goal is for students to gain a better understanding of the lessons of the Movement and how they are applicable to today. Students will have the opportunity to learn from people only referenced in documentary films or history books. 

What You'll Accomplish: 

As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to develop:

 

  • To learn about the historical narratives of our civil rights history in the United States
  • To understand the effects of segregation and racism on people and society
  • To reflect upon how these stories apply to today’s America
  • To apply this experience in creation of a symposium for Pitt students, faculty, and staff

 

  • Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Memphis,Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Where You'll Live: 

Students will be housed in double-occupancy hotel rooms in all locations. In all locations, students will be staying in Drury Hotels.

 

  • Double-occupancy rooms
  • En-Suite bathroom
  • Small workspace
  • Access to a mini-fridge
  • Hotel reception area
  • Wi-Fi
  • Safe/lockbox
  • Air-conditioned rooms

We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.

What You'll Study: 

Students will participate in the academic program from March 2021 through April 2021. Students will meet weekly for seminar style meetings to discuss relevant topics in preparation for the trip.

 

The travel portion of the program will be eight days and take place via a bus trip departing from Pittsburgh and traveling through North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Ohio. The course will be taught by Gabby Yearwood Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Yearwood also holds a secondary appointment with the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program at Pitt.

 

Diversity:

Courses focus centrally and intensively on issues of diversity to promote understanding of difference. Provide students with analytical skills with which to understand structural inequities and the knowledge to be able to participate more effectively in increasingly diverse and multicultural societies. The course may address, though not be limited to, such issues as race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religious difference, ability difference, and/or economic disparity.

 

Social Science:

These courses treat topics considered of significant importance in the social or behavioral sciences. Course will introduce students to the subject matter and methodology of Anthropology and will involve them in the modes of investigation, analysis, and judgment characteristically applied by Anthropologists.

 

Historical Analysis:

In this course, students will develop skills and methods by which to understand significant cultural, social, economic, or political accounts of the past. The course may focus on pivotal moments of change, or important transitions over longer periods of time. Courses could explore developments in science, technology, literature, or art, and the ideas around them, or examine critical historical shifts by analyzing various data or cultural forms.

 

 

 

Racism & Civil Rights (ANTH1804)

This 3-credit course will introduce participants to the history of the modern Civil Rights Movement through travel. The program will begin and end in Pittsburgh. The cohort will meet seven times during the spring semester prior to departure. Students will then depart Pittsburgh and travel via bus to key sites of the freedom struggle before returning back to Pittsburgh at the end of the program. They will hear personal narratives of foot-soldiers and scholars of this crucial period in our nation’s history.  To create a course around Civil Rights and an experiential trip to visit historic sites.  To provide an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to have a common experience and understanding to build a better community at Pitt.  To collectively journey to hear personal narratives and learn the history of the civil rights movement of our country, to hear how personal citizens challenged laws, segregation and racism, and to understand the lessons of the Movement and how they are applicable to today.  

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Tim Crawford

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, and I am the Assistant Director for Domestic Study Away Programming. I have experience running international study abroad programs and programs here at home in the United States. I was fortunate to have many experiential learning opportunities, both international and domestic, during my college career. Being from a small town in Central Pennsylvania, my experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and helped open my eyes to different cultures and career opportunities I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous experiential learning opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure. I love traveling, hate sitting still and love doing anything outdoors, in all seasons. Personally, I’m on a quest to visit as many national parks as possible. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study away programs, answer any of your questions and help you find the right opportunity. Please reach me via email at timcrawford@pitt.edu

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Your In-Country Contacts: 

Dr. Gabby M.H. Yearwood

Gabby M.H. Yearwood is a socio-cultural anthropologist. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with a degree in Anthropology and a focus in Black Diaspora Studies, Masculinity and Sport. His research interests include the social constructions of race and racism, masculinity, gender and sex, Black Feminist and Black Queer theory, the anthropology of sport and the Black Diaspora. Dr. Yearwood first became fascinated with the spectacle of the Olympics in 1976 when they were held in his home country in Canada. This early experience since childhood has continued to be a part of his scholarship, research and teaching.  Dr. Yearwood also serves as the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Anthropology. Dr. Yearwood also holds a secondary appointment with the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Program at Pitt.

 

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*You will pay your regular Pitt tuition and fees, according to your in-state or out-of-state residency status. 

What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • 3-credits of tuition
  • Group transportation to key sites
  • Two meals/per day
  • Double-occupancy accommodations in hotels in all locations

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

 

When You'll Go: 

Students will participate in the academic program from March 2021 through April 2021 on campus. Students will meet weekly for seminar style meetings to discuss relevant topics in preparation for the trip. The trip will be May 1-May 9, 2020. 

 

*PLEASE NOTE: Dates are tentative and subject to change based on current University Pandemic Posture. 

What Else You Need to Know: 
  • Students will participate in the academic program from March 2021 through April 2021 on campus. Students will meet weekly for seminar style meetings 
  • Participantes must be flexible, patient, open, hard-working and able to handle themselves professionally in delicate community situations
  • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance.
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses away as you would on a course at Pitt. 
  • There are required excursions and activities outside of normal scheduled classes.