The American Studies Program has sponsored a series of road trips to introduce Vanderbilt students to the rich cultural resources and pressing issues of our city and region. Each journey is led by a faculty expert and includes a discussion component, usually over a meal. Travel and meal expenses are covered by the program. We welcome all students and faculty.
Past Road Trips 2011-2012
Nashville Environmental Justice
Saturday, February 4, 2012, 1:00 pm to 5 pm
Explore key sites in the battle for environmental justice in Nashville with David Padgett, Associate Professor of Geography at Tennessee State University; Joe Bandy, Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching; and local activists. Sites include the communities of Edgehill, Bordeaux, North Nashville, and East Nashville.
Blue Gold: Water Rights and Wrongs
Wednesday, October 5, 4 pm to 7 pm
Join us for a tour of the Metro Nashville Water Treatment Plant at Whites Creek with Cecelia Tichi, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English. Learn about Metro Nashville's efforts to treat waste water in a sustainable way.
Fall Break: October 6- 8, 2011
The Eco Rolling Seminar takes an in-depth look at the critical issue of the environment and energy through the lens of mountain top removal (mtr). Students will travel to Hindman, Kentucky in 3 vans. Accommodations are at the historic Hindman Settlement School, nestled in the Appalachian hills. The trip includes panel discussions, a tour of an active mountain top removal site by a coal company plus a bee hive reclamation site. You will wear beekeeper gear! Expect to do some hiking!!
Past Road Trips 2010-2011
Civil War Sites in Middle Tennessee
April 9, 2011
Join American Studies for a student-led tour of local Civil War monuments and memorials.
Past Road Trips 2009-2010
A Visit to Bell's Bend, Tennessee
Saturday, September 18
Join us at the scene of the latest struggle to preserve biodiversity and historic farmland within the Nashville Metro area. We'll discuss the pressures of urban development while we tour an organic farm. The tour will conclude at the Farmer's Market for lunch (on your own) and further discussion with local farmers.
A Tour of Historic Black Nashville
October 10, 2009
Join Professor Ifeoma Nwankwo (English) and author/historian Dr. Tommie Morton Young for an authentic tour of historic sites in Nashville, including Underground Railroad stations, black colleges, businesses, antebellum churches, and more. Get to know Nashville and learn more about the impact of residents and visitors such as W.E.B. DuBois, Arna Bontemps, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston, Aaron Douglas, Oprah Winfrey, Carl Rowan, Ted Rhodes, and Wilma Rudolph. Bring lunch money.
Highlander Research and Education Center
October 28, 2008
The Highlander Center has a special place in regional history, having played a prominent role in movements for social change in Tennessee and other parts of the South from the moment of its founding in 1932 until the present day. In the 1930s it was deeply involved in labor organizing; in the 1950s and 1960s, it made important contributions to the civil rights movement; today it has become active in immigrant rights. Staff members of the Highlander will meet with us to discuss the different phases of Highlander history and to assess the course of the Center's development. The trip will be led by James Stahlman Professor History Gary Gerstle.
A Tour of the Hermitage
September 13, 2008
Join Professor Jane Landers (History) for a tour of The Hermitage, the historic plantation of Andrew Jackson. Learn about Jackson's little-known war against the Black Seminoles of Florida through the life of one of his enslaved captives, Polydore, also known as Fernando. As we tour, we will consider the how history and archaeology can help recover the history of enslaved people. Brunch at Monell's Restaurant will follow the tour.
Pleasant Hill Shaker Village
September 27, 2008
Join Professor Roger Moore (English) and friends as we tour a nineteenth-century Shaker community and consider Shaker beliefs, art and architecture. Lunch will be served at Pleasant Hill.