2018 Seminar Descriptions

Governor’s School Newspaper

Dr. Robert Nanney


Want to place your special mark on the journalistic account of the 2018 GSH experience? If so, this seminar is for YOU. We need creative, enthusiastic Scholars with a special passion for writing, taking photos, editing and designing this year's newspaper, which will also be named by the staff. You will be in charge of putting together this exciting, permanent souvenir of GSH, have fun and earn a resume "hit" all at the same time. Scholars who are on their high school newspaper staffs are especially encouraged to participate and gain further knowledge and experience, but "rookies" may also join in. We will need writers, photographers, graphic artists and cartoonists, so we'll find something unique for everyone to contribute. We'll also need those who are skilled at planning and organizing people and information. Don't miss out on this special opportunity!


Governor’s School Yearbook

Ms. Tomi Parrish


Get ready to create! Staff members in this seminar will select a theme, organize materials and design a keepsake book that will help Scholars remain connected long after their experiences at Governor’s School have ended. Illustrations, names, addresses, quotes, photographs – the publication goes camera ready to UT Martin’s Digital Printing Services and is distributed near the end of Governor’s School, just in time for mass signing.


Ethics Bowl

Ms. Merry Brown


Should parents use electronic equipment (GPS, etc.) to track their children’s whereabouts? Should reproductive technologies be limited? Under what circumstances (if any) should confidentiality agreements be broken? If you are interested in thinking through these (and more!) ethical questions, sign up for the Ethics Bowl seminar. As a group we will talk about major ethical theories to prepare for debating contemporary ethical questions. You will have the opportunity to showcase your ethical insights when you present and argue your positions in an ethics competition at the end of the term in front of your fellow Governor’s School for the Humanities colleagues.


The Social Change Incubator: Using Your Ideas to Change the World

Mr. Andrew Brown


This seminar is intended to help crystalize and catalyze your ideas for global change into entrepreneurial non-profit channels. It is NPO 101.

We will begin with discovering how social-change entrepreneurs have defined problems, and then discuss how to take your own idea and narrow it, pitch it, and strategize about potential audiences to join your efforts. You will be challenged to write about and carefully defend your cause. Next we will hit the streets to see how local leaders have used non-profit channels for social good, learning hands-on the ins and outs of difference making. After our experiential tours, we will return to the lab to discuss how to align your idea with NPO best practices. Combining your vision and these practical lessons, we will then compete for the “best new NPO ideas” in our group. The top three Scholars (as determined by a faculty panel in “Shark Tank” fashion will present their visions to the entire GSH family at the end of the month.



All applications must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2018

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General Information

The Governor's School for the Humanities is funded under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Education.

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