This course will apply the “sociological imagination” to analyses of racialized and gendered socio-historical, political, and cultural phenomena surrounding the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. Drawing from historical texts and documentary films, as well as sociological literature on race, gender, intersectionality, social justice, social movements, social change, and intergroup dynamics, students will undertake experiential learning opportunities at many iconic sites of historical and contemporary significance to the struggle for civil rights. In addition, during the course of travel to cities in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas, students will meet with scholars and “veteran” activists of the Civil Rights Movement to hear first-hand accounts of the experiences and circumstances that they will be studying.
Students will learn about the principles and practices of domestic and international tourism and travel by attending the National Restaurant Association's International Show. Over 1,800 exhibiting companies from approximately 100+ countries will demonstrate the latest products and technologies to an anticipated 58,000 attendees. Additionally, over 60 education sessions will be offered allowing business administration students concentrating in hospitality, marketing, and management a chance to gain current information from a layperson's perspective. The show will illustrate the principles of international event planning, management of exhibit space and crowds of tourists, and marketing to an international audience.