Students enrolled in the Humanities Program must participate in the pre-orientation program Sapere Aude ("dare to think") and three study trips throughout the year. The pre-orientation retreat and the study trips are fully paid; students have no costs beyond modest spending money. Faculty and fellows in the course lead the study trips.
The pre-orientation program Sapere Aude is three days of community building and close reading and discussion of a few key texts with Humanities faculty and fellows. It's a great way to start your Davidson College experience with your Humes cohort and the Humanties Fellows before others get to campus.
The retreat takes place Aug. 9–12 at a retreat center in beautiful, cool Black Mountain, North Carolina. Following the Sapere Aude retreat, students can participate in the STRIDE program, the international student orientation, or in their athletics team's pre-season activities that begin on-campus Sunday, Aug. 12.
Humes students not involved in another pre-orientation program must take part in a short Service Odyssey program in Charlotte, Aug. 12–15. This involves an on-the-ground history of the New South, with a focus on Charlotte's race-based structures; a day of service at a Charlotte non-profit social service organization; and a day of seminars about NGOs, philanthropy, and community action.
Costs and transportation covered for all aspects of the pre-orientation and service odyssey.
This study trip takes place Oct. 5–8. Students will get a hands-on look at public history, living history, monuments and memorials at Camden, Cowpens, Brattonsville, and King's Mountain. We stay at a rustic conference center in York County, South Carolina.
Students will travel to Washington D.C. Jan. 9–12 to view portraits and abstraction in the National Portrait Gallery, and visit the museums of the Smithsonian Institution.
During Spring Break, March 1-9, we're planning four different small group study trips to study revolutionary spaces and moments in history in, tentatively, Berlin, Germany; St. Petersburg, Russia; New York City, LA, or Chicago; and either London, Paris, or Rome. (Students unable to travel abroad will do the domestic trip.)