Crossroads of Empire
This is an interdisciplinary seminar for students at Stetson University first taught in spring 2015, now taught for the second time in 2016. This seminar is one of a selection of courses for juniors (third-year) students focusing on "values"; our seminar's value is "diversity." This is a difficult and vague concept, but for us it means exploring the difficulty of including, acknowledging, and reckoning with the multiple contested narratives of a place, city, region, or country. Florida itself is a quintessential multi-ethnic space of many narratives: the legacies of Spanish, British, and American colonialism run deep with peoples of many ethnic and national belongings calling the state home.
And so too, Lviv. This semester 14 Floridians are embarking on a journey to Eastern Europe. They are using the LIA, Lviv Interactive Map, to come to understand and know a place foreign to them, the city of Lviv. This is an interdisciplinary seminar, with students majoring in history, biology, business, literature, and art. We're learning about many different buildings in the city, from cemeteries, to museums, to parks, to monuments, and studying how hard it is to incorporate multiple narratives in one story of place.
Stetson University is a private university founded in 1883 located in the small town of Deland, Florida. The University’s historic main campus enrolls more than 2,400 students in undergraduate liberal arts and professional programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business Administration, and the School of Music. Florida’s oldest private institution of higher learning, Stetson has regularly been ranked among the best regional universities in the Southeast.