Auburn University hosting SUPER Emerging Scholars through July 23

AUBURN – High school students from across the state are at Auburn University July17-23 to participate in the Alabama Humanities Foundation’s SUPER Emerging Scholars, or SES, 2011 summer institute, a weeklong residential workshop for rising junior and senior high school students from Alabama.

SES institutes offer students specialized academic enrichment to help them develop the critical thinking and writing skills in the humanities that lead to success in secondary and post-secondary education. The program provides opportunities for students to examine the significance of their own cultural values and meanings through studies of history, literature and the arts.

Activities, lectures and field trips are designed to encourage the students to have in-depth conversations about learning and schooling, as well as their roles in building society and as citizens.

“I am particularly excited to host the first SES program to be held at Auburn University, and I am looking forward to it being a huge success,” said the program’s lead scholar, Kevin Roozen, an associate professor in the Department of English. “The guest scholars and I have worked hard to create an experience that will involve the students in the exciting intellectual work that can occur when scholarship addresses the public’s pressing issues and concerns.”

Auburn’s SES institute at Auburn is the result of a partnership between the Alabama Humanities Foundation, Auburn University Outreach Office and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts.

For more information about the SUPER Emerging Scholars program, visit the Alabama Humanities Foundation website at

(Contributed by Maiben Beard.)

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