2019 Seminar Descriptions

Governor’s School Newspaper

Dr. Robert Nanney


Want to place your special mark on the journalistic account of the 2019 GSH experience? If so, this seminar is for YOU. We need creative, enthusiastic Scholars with a special passion for writing, taking photos, and editing 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, 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 McCutchen


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.


Folklore, Fairytales, and Disney Culture

Dr. Charles Bradshaw


If Bruno Bettelheim was correct in 1976 that fairy tales allowed children to grapple with their world in symbolic terms, then what messages are these stories telling us today? How do these centuries-old stories tell us anything about existence in the 21st century? We'll spend a fair amount of time reading fairy tales presented by the Brothers Grimm and others, and, of course, some modern adaptations by Disney and other venues. Love, death, honoring your elders, and rewards for good behavior will make up only a small portion of our readings; angst-ridden animals, vindictive and vengeful virgins, the devil with an Oedipus complex, witches dancing in metal boots—these will be the subjects of our inquiry. We’ll also see what the larger field of folklore studies can help us understand about modern tales, urban legends, and our own story-telling abilities.



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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