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November 12, 2008

Responses to the Southern Journeys Exhibition

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12 November 2008

SLU Students,

If you are responding to our class commonplace writing space (here) for extra credit, please be sure you do so BEFORE the deadline given to you in class (by classtime of our next class meeting).

Your extra credit will . . .

. . . be a letter-grade raise for paper #1. That means, if you made a D, it will be raised upwards one letter grade to a C, and so on. If a letter grade is in a range of points, e.g. from 15-16 points for a "B," if you are supposed to receive a "B" because of the extra credit, your new grade would be a 15 (I'll award the lowest number that qualifies as a B). If you failed the first paper or received a zero, your grade would be raised to a "D." The same formula goes for the other grade "letters.

The exhibit is from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, November 14, 2008 on the lawn between Saint Edwards and Saint Francis Halls. There will be music and refreshments served. The theme of the event is an exhibition of student photography and readings from the May 2008 study-tour many SLU students took called "Southern Journeys." It was like a study-abroad course except that it was done across the U. S. Southern States. The text from the poster reads:

Southern Journeys Show, Friday, November 14

Join students and faculty for Southern Journeys, an exhibit of student photography and readings from the May 2008 study-tour, on Friday, November 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Enjoy singularly southern snacks and music by Dr. Ernie Williams and friends on the lawn between Saint Edward and Saint Francis Halls at the main campus. The event is hosted by Assistant Professor of Sociology Shawn Bingham and English Instructor Elisabeth Aiken who led the cultural study-tour of the southeast earlier this year. The event is sponsored by the Department of English, Fine Arts and Humanities and the Department of Sociology.

For more information, contact Allyson Marino, instructor of English and fine arts, at (352) 588-8662 or allyson.marino [at] saintleo.edu.

To receive the extra credit, you must first notify me in class by signing a sign-up sheet. Then you must show up at the event by start time (4:00pm). Look for me. I'll have a sign-in sheet and a sign-out sheet that you must fill in. While there, I'll expect you to do two things. One, you must listen to the lectures and take notes. This weekend, put a one paragraph report from your notes on this entry of the English-blog. What writers were discussed and what was said about them. Be sure you refer to the speakers by name (they will be other SLU students). After the talks, I'll give you a short form to fill in about your response to one of the photographs on exhibit there. You will hand that in to at the event before you leave. Once I have both items, (1) the form you will fill in at the exhibit and (2) the online response to the show on English-Blog (deadline=next class meeting), I'll change the grade of your first paper. Remember, I will only consider students who signed up for this in class on the sign-up sheet.

See you there,

Dr. Hobbs

Posted by lhobbs at November 12, 2008 12:06 PM

Readers' Comments:

Mr. Bingham first started off speaking about the blues museum which the group visited in Mississippi. He talked about how interesting it was to actually experience the birth town of the blues and to stand in the same place that famous blues musicians once stood. Pauline who never visited the south before spoke about experiencing true “southern comfort” for the first time. The group, tired and hungry, arrived at a closed restaurant which proceeded to serve them anyway. Wes also talked about experiencing “southern comfort” when a homeless man approached him and a couple others trying to sell flowers, and even though they had no money in return, he let them keep one. Another student whose name I do not recall spoke about how overwhelming it was to actually stand in the presence of where the civil rights movement occurred. Overall, it seemed that everyone who went learned a lot because they were able to experience the South firsthand.

Posted by: Aaron O'Neill at November 14, 2008 06:23 PM

Myles Godet
Dr. Lee Hobbs
November 14, 2008
English 225

The presenter that I will talk about is named Collene. During her presentation she briefly talked about the study abroad trip called the Southern Journey, which a group of SLU students went on this past summer. The main city that she talked about during the course of her presentation was Savanna, Georgia. This was as a result of the lasting impression that it had on her, which came in the form of southern hospitality. She talks about how when they got to Savanna everywhere they tried for food was closed, but despite this the last restaurant that they tried called “Blowing Smoke” was still willing to serve them. She recounts this by talking about how they brought out “clean utensils” and how they could still get anything on the menu with the exception of “the daily specials” which were all gone.

Posted by: Myles Godet at November 14, 2008 09:08 PM

It was interesting hearing everyone’s different story about the English trip. It was clear that every single person that went on that trip got something out of it. The students talked about how this trip influenced them and really opened their eyes to what the south really was. The professor made an interesting point about how the kids at the end of the blues exhibit were so interested in what was going on, and in the beginning they were not so interested. The one student’s story about the southern hospitality was very uplifting. It made me think that there is always a little bit of nice in everyone when we least expect it. Overall, the poems and the speeches were well prepared and it seems like everyone who went on the trip learned from and was very appreciative.

Posted by: Nichole. T at November 14, 2008 09:29 PM

Alex Slavin

English 225

Southern Journeys Exhibition

Dr. Hobbs

I found the Southern Journey's speech interesting. What I enjoyed most about it was how traveling around the southern part of the United States really impacted each student all in a positive way. I enjoyed listening to Eli's poems about the poor mans flower. I can not remember that one students name but it was interesting to listen to her because she really expressed how how much she appriciated the restaurant cooking them food even after they closed. It really seemed like they all had a great time and definitely gained some positive knowledge that they are proud to share with others.

Posted by: Alex Slavin at November 15, 2008 03:44 PM

Brandon Mckoy
Eng 225 CA01
November 15th 2008

The instructions stated that we should write what writers were discussed and what was said about them in the Southern Journeys show. However, no writers were discussed at the show but yet some of the individuals that went on the journey shared their experiences from the trip. They all discussed how they felt the real southern hospitality of the people and the effect it had on them to be able to see some of the things they did. One student expressed that it is one thing to read something and learn it in a classroom but there is nothing like experiencing it first hand in real life like they had the opportunity to do with landmarks of the civil rights movements. Two other students read poems which related to their trip in some way and both were great pieces. All in all, the function was short and sweet and all the photographs displayed were interesting.

Posted by: Brandon Mckoy at November 15, 2008 10:06 PM

The southern Journeys exhibition was an eye-opening adventure for me without being there. Listening to all the stories of the south made me want to travel and experience it for myself. The five speakers all spoke of the south's beautiful scenery and how much they loved it. Of all the readers the one that caught my attention the most was, Holly, a junior at Saint Leo University. Holly said that she had a great time traveling the south, as she had never explored the south before. By exploring the south, she received an insight to things that she would not learn in a classroom. While in the south, Holly also found out the meaning of "southern hospitality". She found this meaning after a long scavenger hunt for food with her group. After searching for a restaurant to eat, they walked until they found the blues club and the staff saw them and invited them in for a bite to eat, even though they were closed. Overall, all the readers said that they had a wonderful time, and are glad that they took the opportunity.

Posted by: Sasha-ann Jarrett at November 16, 2008 01:13 PM

I really enjoyed Colleen Shanahan piece about true “Southern Hospitality.” I can really relate to the feeling of driving all day and being tired and hungry, to only find that the restaurant is closed already. Usually when my family and I go some place we drive there. When I was a child, my Dad used to never stop the car, so we would be really hungry. Everyone up North is so busy, usually when there closed, that means there closed. During the Southern Journey trip even though the restaurant was closed they reopened and the staff worked off the clock just to feed them. That is true “Southern Hospitality.”

Posted by: Mary Chuhinko at November 17, 2008 02:02 AM

Myron Kirchner
ENG 225
Extra Credit Lecture

Basically this was a van trip across the southern states including Georgia, Mississippi, and Alabama. The people who went to trip spoke briefly on their experience and three of them had written poems during their trip. Dr. Shawn Bingham, who was one of the organizers, spoke of southern hospitality, and how they were allowed to eat in a restaurant after closing hours. Wesley Johnson (junior year student) wrote two poems and read them to the people at the event. Chenelia Valerio also talked a little about the trip and took some time out to thank some of the people who made the trip happen.

Posted by: Myron Kirchner at November 17, 2008 04:01 AM

I was really impressed by Wes's account of his trip. He gave a mowe lengthy and in detail account of what they saw, and where they went. His poetry was also an added plus. Instead of just telling a story he did something creative, I also thought that his poetrty was interesting and had meaning.

Posted by: david g. at November 17, 2008 09:49 AM

I enjoyed the event and the speaker who stood out to me was the second girl the tall one im not sure what her name was. But she was the one who talked about how when they went to a restaurant and they were closing but the people still served them food which showed real southern hospitality. it stood out to me because its hard to find people that nice espically when they are getting ready to go home from a long day of work.

Posted by: John Daniel at November 17, 2008 10:32 AM

At the southern journeys exhibit a variety of things were discussed. The trip went three states over a period of two weeks. On this trip eight Saint Leo University students attended. During the exhibit only three of the students that with on the trip spoke. One of the students by the name of West stood out the most to me. He recited two poems that he wrote while in Savannah. The first was about how a homeless guy that attempted to sell him a flower. The exhibit was certainly interesting; it showed how a meeting of culture could be a powerful influence.

Posted by: Dominique Smith at November 17, 2008 10:42 AM

The one presenter that i liked the best was Wes. He was the third presenter and he talked about the 3 days that the group spent in Savannah. These three days stuck with him the most out of everything. He read a poem about the scenery and feelings he got while in Savannah. He then just talked about shopping for a flower and how they couldnt pay for it. The last thing he talked about was going to a park durring one of the days. This presentation stuck with me the most because this is the only presentation that really made me understand the feelings that one felt while on this trip.

Posted by: MalloryM at November 17, 2008 10:51 AM

The Southern Journeys Exhibition was quite fascinating; many students shared their views on the trip and poems. The trip had been places in the south, such as Albany, Mobile, Savannah, Clarksdale and Columbus. Professor Elizabeth Aiken and Dr. Bingham had taken a group of SLU student on a two week road trip this past summer and went the homes of William Faulkner and Bill Cobb. Dr. Bingham wrote an article about his experience in Clarksdale, Mississippi and said how it was dead at night. Colleen Shanahan was the first student to talk about her experience, and mentioned how nice the people of Clarksdale were to them. The group had been traveling and when they got to town all the restraints were closed. Well the last place they tried was the Ground Zero Blues Club and the people who worked there let them in and served them a good hot meal. Colleen said that she had never experienced Southern hospitality but was glad that she did.
Wes was the second student to come to the stand and read his two poems he wrote in Alabama. His first poem was about Savannah, because he was there for three days.The second poem was written in Birmingham and that seemed to be his favorite poem. Heather, the third student decided to share her poem called Savannah, which was short but very well written. Shanelia, the last student to go, thanked Dr. Bingham and Professor Aiken for taking them on this incredible journey. She had read about the civil rights movement in school, but to see it in front of her eyes and stand in the places that historical people had stood was amazing. The group had also listened to Richard Bach speak, who is a writer of many novels.

Amethyst Q.

Posted by: Amethyst Q. at November 17, 2008 11:08 AM

Christian Tejada
ENG 121.14

The speaker I choose to write about is the junior in our school by the name of Holly. She went on the trip and explored the south. She spoke about her experience at the Blues restaurant. She said they went to go eat at this restaurant and it was closed. The people from the south has such a true hospitality that they still fed them even though it was closed. Also the food the Blues restaurant was delicious.

Posted by: christian tejada at November 17, 2008 09:23 PM

The first speaker was Colleen and she was my favorite. She talked about how she had a great time doing something that she could never experience in a class. Then she talked how they arrived to several restaurants after a long bus ride. At Ground Zero Blues Club they arrived fifteen minutes after they closed. The waitress came to them and told them “we’ll feed ya” and showed them what true southern hospitality was all about. And the food was good.
Next, was Wes who read aloud two poems that he is working on. The one was about Savannah and how it is beautiful city and was his favorite spot because that’s where they stayed the longest. It was about how a homeless guy came up to them and asked if they wanted flowers. They took the flowers expecting them as a free gift but then the homeless guy wanted money for them that the students didn’t have. And homeless people don’t have return policies.
I forgot the next speakers name but she wasn’t going to speak because she has a fear of public speaking. She got up and thanked everyone for the opportunity to go and all their help.

Posted by: Zachary West at November 17, 2008 11:13 PM

In the short time Coleen spoke to the crowd, she spoke about her experience with her trip around different southern cities and towns. She talked about their way of living of how it looked from her view. Coleen expressed how she got to experience the southerners’ values. They went around to restaurants and eat their style of food. One story she had in particular was when they arrived to a restaurant ten minutes before closing. The place served them and showed very nice hospitality while doing it. From what I heard Coleen talk about she really enjoyed her time during this trip and believed the southern people she came in contact with were very welcoming.

Posted by: Raymond Ferrara at November 17, 2008 11:36 PM

One of the speaker’s names participating in Southern Journeys on Friday was Colleen. She was the second speaker to tell about her experiences in the Deep South. Her and her crew was traveling Savannah and wanted to find somewhere to eat. Unfortunately, every place was closed. They went to the Ground Zero club because it looked open but once they got out of the car they realized it was not. They walked around outside for about fifteen minutes making sure it was not open. The Ground Zero Club had closed just fifteen minutes prior to the crew’s arrival. The staff ended up welcoming the strangers in and offering to serve them food. They wanted to show those traveling the Deep South true southern hospitality. Colleen said how she never experienced such kind gestures. She felt as though complete strangers had just opened their arms and understood their dilemma.

Posted by: Jackie Carroll at November 18, 2008 10:38 AM


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