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Faculty Institute: Preservation, Progress, and Politics in Charleston, South Carolina
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Faculty Institute: Preservation, Progress, and Politics in Charleston, South Carolina

Participants will engage in direct observation, mapping exercises, writing assignments, interviews and discussions. The Institute will culminate with a workshop on adaptations of City as Text methodology to participants’ home campuses, to academic service learning immersion projects, and to residential travel programs. Both the structure and content of this institute apply remarkably well to travel sites of all kinds; we will explore and compare these possibilities together.

3/14/2020 to 3/18/2020
When: March 14-18, 2020
Where: Hampton Inn Historic District
345 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina  29403
United States
Contact: NCHC Office
(402) 472-9150

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This project of NCHC’s Place As Text Committee takes participants to Charleston to investigate the intersection of its history, cultural tourism, and economic development. Charleston, founded in 1670, is home to the first and largest historic district in America and is credited with beginning the historic preservation movement in the United States. Charleston was recently named by Condé Nast magazine as the best tourist destination in the world. However, only select aspects of Charleston’s controversial history are celebrated and commodified, and its recent rapid economic development has created environmental, cultural, and political tensions that go unnoticed by the casual visitor. Institute participants will utilize City as Text to uncover, interpret, and analyze these issues that are pertinent to disciplines across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

The Preservation, Progress, and Politics Institute 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 Institutes have used City as Text™ pedagogy in disciplines ranging from the arts and social sciences to math and science. Ideal as integrative learning modalities, these experiential strategies include reflective practices and writing assignments that can be adapted for use in student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of this Institute. 


Member Price Nonmember Price
Registration $875 $1750
 Deadline to Register   February 14, 2020 



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Participants should arrive in Charleston in time for a prompt 2 pm start to the Institute. 


Saturday, March 14

Introductions and initial explorations of downtown Charleston; debriefing seminar followed by opening reception. Writing time in the evening and dinner in small groups. 


Sunday, March 15

Brief meeting to discuss initial writings and to organize travel routes.  Morning explorations of downtown Charleston; afternoon exploration of areas outside of the peninsula, such as Park Circle and Sullivan’s Island. Late afternoon discussion group discussion. 

Dinner in small groups followed by writing time.


Monday, March 16

All day explorations of areas outside of the peninsula, such as Mount Pleasant’s Old Village and Daniel Island. Turning Point discussion in the afternoon. Dinner in small groups.  Turning Point Essay due at midnight. 


Tuesday, March 17

Daylong Workshop. Analysis and discussion of group observations and individual Turning Point essays will be followed by a workshop on City-as-Text™ pedagogy application to participants’ home campus. The Institute will wrap up with a closing dinner.


Wednesday, March 18





Charleston is accessible by plane or car. Transportation from the Charleston International Airport to the hotel is available by cab or Uber/Lyft. Participants can expect to walk during much of the Institute, in addition to using public transportation, taxis and Uber/Lyft during the Institute excursions. These costs are not included in the registration fee.

The Institute hotel is the Hampton Inn Historic District, 345 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403. The phone number is 1-843-723-4000. To have the special group rate discount, you must make your reservation by January 31, 2020 and identify yourself as part of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) group - Group Code: NCH.

Discounted hotel nightly rates are $249 for March 13 and 14 and $189 for March 15—17. Participants may arrive in Charleston on March 14 provided they are ready to begin the Institute activities promptly at 2:00 PM. Departures should be scheduled for Wednesday, March 18.

The hotel offers a free breakfast each morning.



Master Class Facilitators


 Peter Machonis, Florida International University

Peter Machonis, Honors Fellow and Professor of French and Linguistics at Florida International University (FIU)
Prof. Machonis is the editor of the NCHC monograph on Shatter the Glassy Stare, and has been an active member of the NCHC Place as Text committee for over 15 years, helping facilitate the annual NCHC City as Text excursions, as well as several faculty institutes. He frequently uses experiential learning strategies in his FIU classes, where students have explored nearby locations such as the Florida Everglades, Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood, and Hollywood, where many Québécois spend their winter.










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 February 14:                  Full refund, less a $350 per person administrative fee

Received on or after February 15:     No Refunds





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