Students Search for the Real South

By Matt Deegan, The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA mdeegan@dailyprogress.com Saturday, January 13, 2007 The sweet tea at Michie Tavern rated “fair” on Betsi Taylor’s scale of Southern authenticity. Taylor, 11 other students and two professors from a small private college in South Carolina are journeying through the Southeast, meeting with small-town writers and witnessing...

Sprawl Southern Style

We set out on our Cornbread and Sushi road trip to look for the changing South, and driving through Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Roanoke, and Charlottesville we found it-towns changed to edge-cities, farmland changed to suburbs, two-lanes changed to four-lanes, small-scale farming changed to corporate agriculture, mom-and-pop businesses changed to chain stores. Last week when our two vans arrived in...

Cornbread & Sushi on the Road Again

When you read this I’ll be in the middle of driving around the upper South for ten days with my colleague Deno Trakas and 12 students in two rental vans. At Wofford we call January “Interim,” and it’s a chance to be innovative, a chance to focus, to explore one subject in depth for an entire month. Not everybody leaves campus for Interim. While we’re traveling...

Knee-Deep in Learning on Lawson’s Fork

I’m a Wofford College English professor, and most of my classes are traditional, me in the front of the room, or at the head of a seminar table, writing on a blackboard, with students in rows of desks taking notes. The discussion is about books, and the issues rise from reading sentences, paragraphs, pages. Every fall though I get to take freshman humanities students down to Glendale to...

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