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CAT Master Class: New Orleans
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CAT Master Class: New Orleans

An opportunity for faculty with prior City as Text™ experience to engage in an intensive exploration of New Orleans prior to the 2019 NCHC Annual Conference.

11/3/2019 to 11/6/2019
When: November 3-6, 2019
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana 
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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Participants will engage in direct observation, discussions, interviews, writing assignments, and mapping exercises. The Master Class will culminate with an opportunity for participants to design assignments to be used during the City as Text™ session at the Annual Conference on Thursday, including the chance to facilitate and debrief a group heading to that destination.



The New Orleans Master Class is designed for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. Alumni of earlier NCHC Faculty Institutes or participants in City as Text™ events will deepen their understanding of City as Text™ pedagogy and have the unique opportunity to design and implement a site-specific assignment during the City as Text™ event on Thursday of the Annual Conference in New Orleans. A workshop on Tuesday will allow participants to develop ideas for their home-campuses to integrate into course work, orientation programs, and other applications. Participants are also invited to engage in some or all of the optional City as Text™ events on Wednesday and Thursday.


Member Price Nonmember Price
Registration $550 $1100




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Sunday, November 3
We meet at 9 am for an initial walkabout of downtown New Orleans. Debriefing over lunch will be followed by afternoon excursions, writing time in the evening, and a group dinner.

Monday, November 4
Brief meeting to discuss initial writings and to organize travel routes. All-day excursions to New Orleans neighborhoods. Afternoon seminar on readings and site-specific observations. Dinner in small groups followed by writing time.

Tuesday, November 5
This full day will begin with morning explorations in some of New Orleans’ waterfront areas. After lunch, the group will convene for an afternoon workshop during which participants will develop specific City as Text™ assignments for immediate implementation and also outline ideas for future home campus applications. The master class will close with a group dinner.

Wednesday, November 6
Invitation to the Place as Text Committee Open Meeting. Hear updates about the Committee’s projects and share your impressions of the New Orleans Master Class.

Thursday, November 7
Invitation to act as a CAT Facilitator in NCHC’s signature City as Text™ event this morning and participate in the afternoon sessions as conference participants use CAT to explore the city of New Orleans.



Master Class Facilitators

Clay Motley, Florida Gulf Coast University

Clay Motley is the Director of the Honors College and Associate Professor of English at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, FL.  He has been a professional in Honors since 2005 at three universities.  Clay has been an active member of the City as Text Committee since 2010 and has designed and facilitated two CAT Faculty Institutes in addition to the New Orleans Master Class.  He has used CAT pedagogy in first year writing courses, off-campus service-learning projects, and study abroad classes in Peru and England.  He researches and teaches on popular American music, particularly blues, country, and early Rock n’ Roll and received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant a project on the history of Clarksdale, Mississippi.  











Salvatore Musumeci, Catawba College

Salvatore Musumeci is an Associate Professor of History and Classics at Catawba College. In addition to serving as Chair of the History Department, he also serves as both the Associate Director of the College Honors Program and Catawba’s Fulbright Advisor. A Connecticut native and die-hard Hartford Whaler and Jimmy Buffett fan, he is a first-generation Italian-American, and the first in his family to attend college. Salvatore participated in both the 2014 City as Text Faculty Institute in Albuquerque, NM and the 2016 City as Text Master Class in Seattle, WA. He has served on the Place as Text Committee since 2015, and is actively involved in planning and facilitating future City as Text Faculty Institutes and Master Classes. He has also served on the Awards and Grants Committee since 2014.









All requests for refunds MUST be submitted in writing to the national office and RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM CST by the dates listed below. Telephone requests WILL NOT be honored. Written requests for refunds will be processed as follows:


Received by October 6:                      Full refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee

Received October 7 – 30:                   50% refund, less a $50 per person administrative fee

Received on or after October 31:      No Refunds





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