This July, Nueva Summer, held at the Hillsborough campus, will host its first-ever program aimed at students entering ninth through twelfth grades! The program is called Upper School Expedition and it will consist of two week-long intensive courses on World War I and World War II led by a team of three Nueva Upper School history teachers.
Prospective campers have the option to attend for either the first or second week, or both weeks. Week one runs from July 17 – July 21, and week two runs from July 24 – July 28.
The Upper School Expedition Team:
- Brian Cropper is an Upper School history teacher and Nueva alum. He has degrees from Harvard University and Occidental College in comparative religions and international relations, which fed his interests in cultural history and effects of wars on the psychological and spiritual fabric of communities around the globe.
- Arta Khakpour has taught courses in world history, international relations, and political philosophy at the Nueva Upper School since 2015. He earned a PhD in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University, is an aviation buff, and is keenly interested in the intertwined relationships among technology, art, and politics during the World Wars.
- Ali McLafferty got her PhD in history at UC Berkeley and has been a history instructor for grades 9–12 at the Nueva Upper School for three years. Her particular areas of expertise are the technology, ideology, art, and literature of the World Wars, as well as the role of women and the experience of the soldiers.
In order to understand the epochal transformations that produced — and were produced by — the wars, the course will adopt a global and interdisciplinary perspective to explore the historical, military, cultural, literary, artistic, philosophical, cartographic, and medical aspects of the conflicts.
Each week has a unique final project. During week one, students will be divided into small groups to develop a presentation about a historical question, which they will share with their peers on Friday. At the end of week two, students will choose to participate in two of three debates with their peers and teachers about the legacy of World War II.
All current Nueva students are welcome to participate. “We hope that students will invite their friends and family members from outside Nueva to participate and learn alongside them this summer. For students applying from outside Nueva, there is a short teacher recommendation form accessible through the initial registration process,” explained Director of Nueva Summer Jim Morrison in a letter to the community.
For more information about Upper School Expedition and all the offerings open to students entering grades K–12 this summer, please visit summer.nuevaschool.org.
March 31, 2017