Simpson University students have the opportunity to get a truly immersive experience in literature this May if they sign up for an innovative pilot study course at the Redding, California, school.
During the three-week course “Literature and Landscape of California,” the students
will read novels based in California and then camp out in those same places.
“We are excited about this opportunity to offer students some different ways to
learn and receive credit,” Simpson University Provost Gayle Copeland said. “Our
May term serves up what’s best about a liberal arts education in concentrated
form: It’s three weeks of intense intellectual — and sometimes physical —
exploration of a question, an issue, a place or an idea that could well change
a student’s life, or even the world.”
Under the guidance of English Prof. Nicole
Kenley and outdoor leadership Prof. Rob Simpson, students will undertake
three one-week trips, returning to campus on weekends. On the first trip, they
will read works by Jack London and John Steinbeck and travel to San Francisco
and Monterey; on the second, they’ll study Mary Hunter Austin, Raymond Chandler
and David Masumoto, with visits to Death Valley, Los Angeles and the Central
Valley; and during the third, they will travel to Sierra and Calaveras County to attend the Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee in
conjunction with studying Mark Twain’s “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of
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