Florida on the Edge of Tomorrow

FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College Implemented Week-Long Humanities Summer Program for High School Students

Florida on the Edge of Tomorrow Florida on the Edge of Tomorrow July 1, 2015 (Jupiter, FL)–– FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College provided a week-long residential program for high school students from June 14 -19. The program titled, “Florida on the Edge of Tomorrow: Change, Innovation, and the Humanities” introduced talented junior and senior Florida high school students to the collegiate community and inspired participants to pursue a career in the field of humanities. Twenty two students participated in the place-based summer program at the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter, FL. 

The unique educational experience exposed students to the strengths of environmental sciences and social sciences relative to the field of humanities by getting out of the classroom with the guidance of Wilkes Honors College faculty. Dr. Christopher Strain, Professor of American Studies at the Wilkes Honors College, served as the program director. 

The students explored Florida’s amazing local environment, participated in ethical debates, attended lectures and much more. Along with the packed schedule, the program provided opportunities for high school students to learn about life at a university by living in the residence halls, eating at the dining hall and taking part in various student life activities that were led by two student counselors who are current Honors College undergraduates.

Just as dynamic as the activities were the faculty of the program; faculty proficient in anthropology, social science, environmental science, biology, art, history and philosophy gave students a complex understanding of the study of humanities and how it integrates into common understanding.

This was the first year the Wilkes Honors College hosted the program thanks to a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The success of the program has motivated students to explore beyond their traditional high school classroom and be exposed to the diverse field of the humanities.


About Florida Atlantic University: Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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